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Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation to Tackle UN SDGs

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  • Full or part time
    Dr S Sahasranamam
    Dr K Nicolopoulou
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  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
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About This PhD Project

Project Description

Social entrepreneurship is gaining increased relevance from academic, practice, and policy point of view. The project aims to investigate entrepreneurship in bottom-of-the-pyramid contexts, including but not limited to studying business model interventions (e.g. access, skills, affordability, and technology), governance aspects and innovations needed for those contexts. These would be predominantly studied within the context of UN SDGs (e.g. access to water and energy).

Further information
Centre for Doctoral Training

The University of Strathclyde is delighted to announce the establishment of the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Socially Progressive Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SPIE). The aim of the CDT is to develop a social science research lab aimed at addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) through market-based mechanisms and theory linked interventions. The CDT aims to train the next generation of researchers who will design, develop and test novel theories to advance research on social entrepreneurship and innovation, and will built capacity through providing training in specialised advanced quantitative and qualitative research methods.

The CDT is a multidisciplinary endeavour bringing together faculty from Strathclyde Business School (Dr. Sreevas Sahasranamam, Dr. Tiago Loncan and Dr. Katerina Nicolopoulou), Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (Dr. Annalisa Riccardi and Dr. Edmondo Minisci), and Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering (Prof. Robert Kalin).

Successful applicants will also be a part of a vibrant research group working on UN SDGs consisting of a number of PhD students, research assistants, postdoctoral researchers, academic supervisors as well as other associated faculty. The research group has a number of large-scale active research projects and upcoming proposals, which will provide hands-on training. For instance, Prof. Robert Kalin is the Director, Climate Justice Fund Water Futures Programme, which runs an elaborate project in Malawi mapping its water points.

Candidates are required to have:

Interest in studying entrepreneurship and innovation, and more specifically on social entrepreneurship or social innovation
Background in social science (business and management, economics, sociology or any other cognate discipline) with a first or 2:1 UK Honours degree, or overseas equivalent and/or a Masters degree.
Excellent analytical skills and a demonstrable aptitude to undertake research and develop into an independent researcher
Prior knowledge and/or willingness to learn quantitative approaches as well as the ability to conduct research with mixed method approaches blending with qualitative methods.
Excellent written and oral English language skills (see the course page for minimum test scores if English is not your first language).

For informal enquires - Dr. Sreevas Sahasranamam

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