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The Spatial Dynamics of Creative Work

   School of Geography

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  Dr B Hracs, Dr Jen Dickinson  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

We expect candidates to develop a research proposal based around the following topic: 

Creative industries such as music, film and new media have long clustered activities and infrastructure in a handful of established large urban centres. As a result, aspiring creative talent has typically flowed from small towns and regional incubators to national centres and global capitals. While large urban centres may still be regarded by many creatives as the ‘place to be’, recent developments may be undermining their attractiveness and centrality. As many cities are becoming more crowded, costly, competitive and cutthroat, new forms of independent production, digital technologies and mobilities are furnishing individuals with greater freedom to arrange where, when and how they live and work. This freedom has only been enhanced by the recent rise and acceptance of home-based, remote and nomadic work arrangements during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The project aims to investigate the evolving nature of locational choice and the practices of work-related mobilities amongst creative workers. We are looking for PhD students to co-design a project around the theme of work-related mobilities. Qualitative methods will be used and students are encouraged to develop an approach which reflects their own interests, backgrounds, knowledge and connections. For example, the project could focus on one sector (e.g. music, art, fashion) and/or one place, neighbourhood or location. The study will have strong relevance to global, national and local policy-making around the creative economy, and the student will be expected to develop impact from their work   

Funding Notes

The South Coast DTP fund students undertaking Masters + PhD programmes (1+3 funding) and stand-alone PhD programmes (+3 funding). In addition to covering the cost of programme fees, those in receipt of a South Coast DTP studentship award will also receive an annual maintenance grant of £17,668 (2022/23 UKRI rate). South Coast DTP PhD students will also have access to additional funding for things such as carrying out fieldwork, purchasing essential equipment and attending relevant conferences


Academic Qualifications: For all studentships, students must have qualifications of the standard of a good honours degree at first- or upper second-class level, from a UK academic higher education institution. Degree qualifications gained from outside the UK, or a combination of qualifications and/or experience that is equivalent to a relevant UK degree, may be accepted. If you have completed a master's degree, you should have achieved a merit or above including 60% for the dissertation. If you have not completed a master's, you'll need to show you can produce high quality writing and analysis.
English language requirements: If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an English Language test to demonstrate your competence in English. You'll need all of the following IELTS (or equivalent) scores as a minimum: overall score 6.5, writing 6.0, reading 6.0, speaking 6.0, listening 6.0. Your awarded certificate needs to be dated within the last 2 years.
Residential Eligibility: The South Coast DTP is able to accept applications from UK and International applicants to all of our accredited disciplines/pathways, however due to UKRI funding conditions, awards to non-UK residents are capped at 30% of our overall allocation.
THE FIRST APPLICATION FORM YOU NEED TO COMPLETE IS FOR YOUR CHOSEN PROGRAMME OF STUDY (PhD Geography and Environmental Science at University of Southampton): . You'll need to send us: your CV with details of your academic record and research interests; your academic transcript; details of 2 current academic referees, with their institutional email addresses; a short statement of your research interests and reasons for choosing the projects you're applying for; IELTS or TOEFL certificate if English is not your first language. THE SECOND APPLICATION FORM WHICH REQUIRES COMPLETION IS THE SOUTH COAST DTP FUNDING APPLICATION FORM ON THE DTP WEBSITE:

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