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The Political Economy of Care: Investigating the commodification of care, drawing together the different disciplinary and intellectual trajectories - Glasgow School for Business and Society studentship

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, April 10, 2017
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Key words: Social Policy, Philosophy, Economics, Gender

Project Reference Number: S2017GSBS003
Applications are invited for a full-time PhD research studentship at Glasgow Caledonian University within the Glasgow School for Business and Society.

In recent years there has been a growing literature, from diverse disciplinary perspectives, converging around the issue of care. Caring, both in the practical sense of hands-on carework and in the emotional and ethical sense of “caring about,” has been a central focus of feminist economics. A primary focus has been on constructing analytical frameworks for understanding the “other economy” where social reproduction takes place, as well as developing methodologies through time use and other methods for measuring and valuing these activities. A separate strand has looked at the low pay of care workers in the market economy advocating for appropriate support for carework activities directed toward the young, aged and those who are ill. From within social policy there have been concerted efforts to engender welfare regimes analysis by bringing in issues of care including arguments re seeing care as a social investment. Alongside these diverse theoretical and empirical engagements there has been a philosophical debate about the “ethics of care” especially around care as a principal of justice.

This PhD will aim to look the commodification of care drawing together the different disciplinary and intellectual trajectories. It will conceptually delineate between love, care and solidarity especially in relation to the gaps between intrinsic motivation and obligation and the paid labour market.

Research Supervisors
Candidates are encouraged to contact the following researchers for further details:
• Professor Sara Cantillon, WiSE Research Centre, Glasgow School of Business for Society

Mode(s) of Study
The studentship is available as a:
• PhD: 3 years full-time

Applicants will normally hold a UK honours degree 2:1 (or equivalent); or a Masters degree in a subject relevant to the research project. Equivalent professional qualifications and any appropriate research experience may be considered. A minimum English language level of IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent) with no element below 6.0 is required. Some research disciplines may require higher levels.

Specific requirements of the project:
Preferably Master’s degree in relevant discipline

How to Apply
Candidates are encouraged to contact the research supervisor(s) for the project before applying. Applicants should download and complete the GCU Research Application Form, available from: http://www.gcu.ac.uk/phdopportunities stating the Project Title and Reference Number (listed above).

The completed GCU Research Application form should be sent with copies of academic qualifications (including IELTS if required), 2 references and any other relevant documentation to: . Applicants shortlisted for a PhD studentship will be contacted for an interview.

Funding Notes

The studentship of £19,100 per year is for a period of three years, subject to satisfactory progress. The studentship covers the payment of tuition fees (currently £4,300 for UK/EU students or £13,000 for international students) plus an annual stipend of £14,800 for UK/EU students or an annual scholarship of £6,100 for international students.

How good is research at Glasgow Caledonian University in Social Work and Social Policy?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 14.40

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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