About the Project
This project seeks to examine the challenges and opportunities for museums as they become factivists and negotiate their (re)positioning between diverse actors including funders, government bodies, universities, publics and schools. Drawing on ideas from tourism and event management, heritage studies and human geography, this PhD will consider the adoptions of museum practices seeking to critically engage visitors in contemporary environmental and/or social justice issues.
This proposal developed in collaboration with Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle upon Tyne, the PhD would play a key role in helping GNM achieve their goals whilst contributing to university goals through this partnership. Aside from helping to support its mission and strategic aims to facilitate powerful learning and to increase our social impact, participating in the PhD would specifically underpin development of innovative museum practices, whilst contributing to current academic debates within the sector.
Eligibility and How to Apply:
Please note eligibility requirement:
• Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
• Appropriate IELTS score, if required.
For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see
Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (e.g. SF19/…) will not be considered.
Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers.
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