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Sexualised aesthetic labour and sexual harassment in the tourism and hospitality industry in a period of socioeconomic crisis

   Business School

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  Dr Tasos Hadjisolomou, Prof Dennis Nickson  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project


This PhD project explores the experiences of hospitality workers with sexual harassment, especially by customers. The research explores the post-Covid19 environment, where concerns about socioeconomic instability and unemployment mean that employees may feel pressurised to tolerate and accept harassment by customers.

Project details

We are inviting PhD applications on the topic ‘Sexualised aesthetic labour and sexual harassment in the tourism and hospitality industry in a period of socioeconomic crisis’ for commencing study in April 2022. The PhD project examines the experiences of both female and male hospitality workers with sexual harassment and investigates whether the industry’s sexualised culture encourages and tolerates incidences of sexual harassment during a period of socioeconomic crisis. The student will join the Department of Work, Employment & Organisation and will be based in Glasgow, Scotland.

This project requires advanced qualitative research skills. The candidate will be required to have a foundation in research methods, whilst further development of skills in qualitative methods will be provided as part of the Strathclyde Business School methodology training course, whilst there will be opportunities for further external specialist training.

Funding Notes

Fully-funded scholarship for 3 years covers all university tuition fees (at UK/EU level) and an annual tax-free stipend. International students are also eligible to apply, but they will need to find other funding sources to cover the difference between the home and international tuition fees. Exceptional international candidates may be provided funding for this difference.
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