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Revisiting law’s dimensions: a place-based approach


   Business and Law

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  Dr Jenny Kanellopoulou  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

An opportunity has arisen for a fully-funded PhD candidate to undertake interdisciplinary research in the relationship between law and place, aiming to appreciate the extent to which the law is place sensitive enough to accommodate divergent lived experiences and justify whether the law is ultimately in need of its own spatial language to that effect.

The successful candidate will undertake both doctrinal and empirical research into the study of law and place, combining approaches and drawing arguments and conclusions across disciplines. The candidate will work closely with a team of supervisors active in the research of the relationship between law and place, and will become part of Manchester Law School’s 'Legal Geographies and the Regulation of the Built Environment' research cluster, further enjoying links with the Institute of Place Management (IPM), becoming member of a research community of like-minded individuals. 

Aims and objectives

The PhD candidate will undertake a case study, or a series of linked studies of the manifestation of the co-constitution of law and place in different locations and the effects of this manifestation. The scope of possible case studies includes:

  • Manifestations of homes, dwelling and living places, including squats, communal living or care homes
  • The regulation of city spaces with respect to travel, safety, and movement around a city.
  • Communities rendered ‘out of place’ by law and the impact of new legislation of people’s relationship with place.
  • Legal and non-legal regulation of urban and rural environments and examinations of who is welcome and excluded from different environments.
  • Movement and physical activity in place as a mode of care, community or resistance.
  • Physical and legal border crossings and the construction of place. 

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Funding Notes

Home and overseas students can apply.
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