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QUALREP PhD2, Women’s Grassroots Organizations and Mobilisations

   The Policy Institute

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About the Project

There are two, UKRI fully funded PhDs linked to the 2023-8 The Quality of Women's Political Representation (QUALREP) Grant 

See our other PhD here: QUALREP PhD 1, Representation, Intersectionality, & Democratic Practices

Applicants may apply for both posts, and should they choose to do so, they should submit only a single application, showing as appropriate their interest in and suitability for the different PhD foci.  

We welcome applications from those with either a social science undergraduate degree or masters degree, and from candidates from other disciplines who can demonstrate relevant research interests, commitment and skills.  

Please note that the award is only for full-time PhD applications and for students on the Home/UK fee rate. Please ensure you check your eligibility via UKRI condition TGC 5.2 before you apply.

PhD2, Women’s grassroots organisations and mobilisations (King’s College London) 

Will, in broad terms, explore the priorities and activities of diverse grassroots women’s organisations/civil society. This could be a comparative project (Belgium, Poland, Portugal, Sweden and the UK) or a single country study of the UK. It will be informed by feminist and other critical approaches to the study of grassroots mobilisation, advocacy, social media activism and democracy, and theories of political participation and social movement theory. This PhD might also make use of innovative qualitative digital methodologies to investigate the affective political representation of diverse women.

Generic QUALREP Project Briefing for PhD  

QUALREP is a five-year, £6 million research project. Originally awarded by the European Research Council (ERC), it is funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). Over five years, through thick comparison involving qualitative and quantitative methods, it will identify the conditions under which women, and especially marginalized and minoritized women, are well represented in and by through representative democracy. In sum, it explores the ways in which, and by (and for) whom, formal politics can be made more inclusive and representation, and a more gender equal and stronger democratic system and society be realized. It interrogates processes of representation – the institutions, actors, procedures of democratic deliberation and decision making in particular places – in addition to representative outcomes to illuminate the quality of representation. In its innovative methodological approach, it sets a research agenda for the next generation of politics and gender and representation/democracy scholars. 

Eligibility criteria:

In addition to standard requirements for the University of Edinburgh PhD Politics programme or the King’s College London Applied Public Policy programme, applicants must meet the following additional eligibility criteria for this award:

  • Be enthusiastic about (gaining) qualitative and quantitative methods training at an advanced level
  • Agree to audit both qualitative and quantitative methods training in line with whole team training requirements
  • Collaborate in data collection and analysis – both quantitative and qualitative - and co-authorship with other the other PhD, post-docs, and CI and PIs, as per reasonable requests from the QUALREP PIs
  • A commitment to feminist philosophies of social science and to feminist research practices
  • A willingness to learn the skills of impactful research
  • Where students have a non-social science degree we would expect indications of relevant research interests, commitment, and skills.

Application Process:

Applicants should combine in a single PDF document and send to [Email Address Removed]  

1. A full University transcript, showing the breakdown of marks for individual modules/courses, and where appropriate, a dissertation (if due to the UCU marking boycott the transcript is provisional or only partial, please make this clear)

2. CV, of no more than 2 pages

3. Two references from academic staff who have direct experience of your work, including, if at all possible, your dissertation supervisor

4. A 2 page personal statement setting out - in response to the QUALREP Briefing included above- the following:

  • Why do you wish to study for a PhD? Why would you like to study for a PhD as part of large research project?
  • Why do you want to study at either Edinburgh, PIR and/or Kings, GIWL?
  • What is it about the QUALREP project, and the specific PhD theme(s), that particularly interests you?
  • In what ways does your undergraduate study make you suitable for this/these PhDs?
  • What are you (a) academic and (b) personal, strengths and weaknesses?
  • Why would you be a good member of the QUALREP research team? What would you bring to the team?
  • Please share an example of where you have shown tenacity either in your studies, employment or in a voluntary capacity.
Anthropology (2) Communication & Media Studies (7) Politics & Government (30) Sociology (32)

Funding Notes

Stipend: At the UKRI rate, currently £18,622 + £2000 (LW) in 2023/24
RTSG: As part of your award, you will have access to additional funding for research training support costs, eg training, fieldwork, travel
Tuition fees: Home/UK fees at the full-time rate, currently £4,712 in 2023/24
Duration: 3 years
Start Date (King’s College London): February 2024
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