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What’s behind the gig-economy? Economic, social and individual analysis of self-employment growth in the UK

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, May 31, 2020
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

The successful candidate will be enrolled on the PHD in Economics OR the PHD in Business and Management at Cardiff Business School. Please see "applicant profile" below for futher information about which Programme would be most suited to your experience. Please also contact the supervisor directly for further information.

There has been rapid growth in self-employment in the UK over the past decade. However there is rising concern and some evidence to suggest that earnings in self-employment are not keeping pace with paid employment. This project will address a potentially wide range of factors associated with poverty and poor performance in self-employment, dependent on the particular interests of the student. These might include material deprivation in self-employment, the impact of gig-economy working and changing employment contract patterns, job satisfaction in self-employment, the performance of self-employed owned micro-businesses, as well as international comparative work. Research will relate to and build from Professor Henley’s recent work in this area (with a range of co-authors), and the methodology chosen (quantitative analysis of large scale micro-data sets or more nuanced qualitative research) can reflect the interests, background and expertise of the student.

Applicant profile:
Dependent on the preferred methodological direction. EITHER: students wishing to pursue a more quantitative approach based on secondary analysis of existing large scale datasets should have a background in Economics with solid statistical and econometric skills. OR: students wishing to pursue a qualitative or mixed methods approach can have a background in either Economics, Business and Management, or a related Social Science degree, with a solid understanding of a broader set of research methods.

Funding Notes

Applications are open until 31st May 2020. This project is not funded, applications from self-funded students are welcome. Outstanding applicants may be considered for one of the available scholarships. The start date is 1st October 2020.

For more information about scholarships, entry requirements and application process please visit our website: View Website


In the research proposal section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisor of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided.

Please include:

1. Covering Letter
2. Academic Qualifications
3. Two References
4. CV
5. Research Proposal (maximum 1000 words), taking into consideration the working title of the project.

This program is available in English only. To request information in Welsh, please contact the Postgraduate Recruitment Team ([email protected]).

How good is research at Cardiff University in Business and Management Studies?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 72.60

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