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Reversing the Gaze: Towards Post-Comparative Area Studies


Edinburgh Law School

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About the Project

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD position on a project entitled “Reversing the Gaze”. The successful applicant will work with Dr Deval Desai in the Edinburgh Law School.

Reversing the Gaze is a Swiss National Science Foundation-funded four-year project between Edinburgh Law School, the University of Zurich, and the University of Basel. It explores whether and how concepts developed in and of the Global South can fruitfully be used to analyse political phenomena in Europe.

The PhD will be carried out under the supervision of the PI, Dr Deval Desai, and a small research team. In the course of their doctorate, the candidate will develop expertise in the legal and bureaucratic structures of social welfare in both India and the EU.

Candidate profile

The successful applicant will have:

  • A minimum of a UK honours degree and a UK Masters degree with at least 60% in the taught section and 65% or more in the dissertation (or their international equivalents) in law.
  • A strong background, or clear demonstrable interest, in administrative, tax, or welfare law in India; a strong interest in EU law; and a desire to pursue interdisciplinary and comparative research.
  • Experience in qualitative field methods.
  • Proficiency in English (both oral and written). For candidate’s whose first language is not English, we require an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with at least 6.5 in each component (or other acceptable English language qualification at the equivalent standard).
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills.

Application Information

Applicants should apply via the University’s admissions portal (EUCLID) and select the PhD Law programme.

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Applications should be submitted by 10th May 2021. Applications will be reviewed throughout May and interviews will take place in June 2021. The successful applicant will be expected to start the PhD in September 2021.


Funding Notes

This scholarship will pay tuition fees and provide an annual stipend in line with UKRI rates (approximately £15,500 per annum). The stipend will be paid in equal monthly instalments for 3.5 years, subject to satisfactory progress. Additional research costs of £1,000 per year will also be available.
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