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Small Businesses, Place and Industrial Success

Project Description

A fully funded studentship awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) commencing in 2020/21 Academic Year.

Small businesses have grown in number over recent years. The UK Government seeks to better understand the changing role and potential of small businesses and how these vary between places. This research addresses this aim using secondary and/or primary quantitative and/or qualitative data to understand how and where small businesses in the UK achieve economic success, and their relationships with larger firms across space. The emphasis on productivity, growth and/or innovation will depend on the interests and knowledge of the student.

Skills Required

The student would be likely to come from a geography, business or economics background. Depending on the emphasis given to particular aspects of the research questions, and the disciplinary background and interests of the student appointed, the research could comprise either an entirely quantitative approach or a mixed methods approach. Quantitative skills would include collation and manipulation of secondary data sets (business population data, supplemented by Census, Labour Force Survey and commercial property data) and the use of regression techniques including geographically weighted regression (AQM). The research questions could be tackled through a primary survey of businesses in selected locations, and may include in-depth interviews with business owners regarding location choice and use of business networks.

Application Procedure

The closing date and time for applications is 4.00pm on 23rd January 2020. The full application procedure, the funding application form, and more information on the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership can be found at: http://southcoastdtp.ac.uk/apply/

For further information about this project, please contact the lead supervisor detailed above. For questions relating to the application procedure, or for more information about the SCDTP, please visit the SCDTP website or contact us at

Funding Notes

Funding provides an annual maintenance grant (tax free) of £15009 (2019/20 UKRI rate), plus payment of all programme fees. Other funding available for SCDTP funded students can be found at View Website.

Funding is for 3 years full-time PhD study (pro-rata for part-time students). Applications for 1+3 funding for students completing a Master's year prior to the commencement of PhD study are also welcome (details available at View Website).

Residential Eligibility

We are able to recruit a limited number of overseas and EU students in Economics or Advanced Quantitative Methods. In all other areas, students must be considered as UK resident.

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