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Social Sciences - PhD Studentship in grand corruption and transformative justice

  • Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

Profile Description

Applications are invited for a DfE funded PhD studentship tenable in the Faculty of Social Science at the Jordanstown Campus.

Project Summary: Please note, this project summary is intended to provide a flexible overview of the planned doctoral project. It is expected candidates will have a working knowledge of the broad areas covered, but there is ample scope for the candidate to further develop expertise over the course of the PhD project.

Grand corruption, and kleptocratic regimes, are widely identified in the scholarly literature as core impediments which obstruct the transition from conflict, authoritarianism and state violence, to peaceful, democratic systems, where civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights are protected (Carranza 2008; Green and Ward 2004: Taylor 2003). As a result, the fight against kleptocracies has been framed both by governments and civil society, as a core implementing step for democracy promotion, development and global security (Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption 2013; Human Rights Council 2013; UK Government 2016).

A fundamental tool that has been employed to enact this agenda is asset forfeiture and the return of stolen proceeds to victims (Human Rights Council 2013). This is a complicated process – particularly when the stolen assets are warehoused in numerous offshore locations – that often involves multiple state and civil society actors. Compounding matters is the lack of established principles or procedures for coordinating the return of stolen assets (Open-Ended Intergovernmental Working Group on Asset Recovery 2016).

We can also observe a significant gap in both the criminological literature, and the transitional justice scholarship, with respect to asset-forfeiture and kleptocracies. Indeed, while over the past two decades we have witnessed a growing number of international efforts that aim to return stolen assets taken by kleptocratic regimes, they are yet to be the subject of sustained comparative study. Thus we lack evidence-based analyses upon which to evaluate the effectiveness of asset-recovery in bringing about institutional reform, and remediation for victims.

For more information on the project please visit our web page

Entrance Requirements:

Candidates should have ordinary UK residence to be eligible for both fees and maintenance. Non UK residents who hold ordinary EU residence may also apply but if successful will receive fees only. All applicants should hold a first or upper second class honours degree in either criminology, law or a cognate area. Applications will be considered on a competitive basis with regard to the candidate's qualifications, skills experience and interests. Successful candidates will enrol as of 1 October 2017, on a full-time programme of research studies leading to the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

The studentship will comprise fees together with an annual stipend of £14,553 and will be awarded for a period of up to three years subject to satisfactory progress.

You are encouraged to seek guidance on your proposal before submission. Please contact:-

Dr Kristian Lasslett:

Procedure:  For more information on applying go to ulster.ac.uk/research
Apply online ulster.ac.uk/applyonline

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 28 April 2017

Interviews will be held in May 2017

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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