Funding for postgraduate research programmes in the Department of Management

The Department of Management at the University of Bristol is pleased to invite applications for up to three PhD bursaries. Successful applicants will study for a PhD, receive a contribution towards the cost of full-time PhD study, and undertake teaching duties within the Department’s teaching programmes.

The awards will be for three-and-a-half years, starting in autumn 2019. For a successful applicant, the scheme will waive the full tuition fee for a research student in the Department (this applies to home/EU and international studies). It also offers a stipend of £15,000 (pro-rata in the final year - £7500) and teaching income of approximately £4000 (depending on the actual teaching undertaken) per annum. The teaching income is approximately £2,000 in value in years 1 and 4, Students are not expected to teach in the first term of their 1st year and will undertake less teaching when they write up their PhD thesis in their 4th year. One PhD bursary will be awarded for the research topic on "Sustainable food platforms: A comparative analysis of food provisioning and consumption in Bristol and Oslo". The detail of the project is outlined below:

Patterns of food consumption – and their environmental impacts – are connected to the different modes of provision that consumers engage with in order to access food. Technological advances, grassroots innovations and new platforms of food provisioning represent significant opportunities to enable and upscale sustainable food practices in the home. Little is known about the potential of these platforms to promote sustainability on a larger scale (Davies and Evans 2018).

This PhD research project addresses this research gap. It explores changing food consumption through a focus on digitally mediated food provisioning platforms. It involves a comparison of Bristol in the UK and Oslo in Norway, and will connect to a major European project (PLATEFORMS) involving comparative analysis of 5 countries (Norway, Sweden, Italy, Ireland and Germany). It also involves comparison between commercial and cooperative modes of food provisioning. The former might include supermarket, box schemes or take-away services (such as Uber eats) while the latter could examine solidarity purchasing groups, food banks or urban gardening initiatives.

The precise focus of the project and design of the empirical research will be guided by the interests and expertise of the successful applicant. The main requirement is that the data gathered connects meaningfully with PLATEFORMS. We welcome candidates from across the Social Sciences – including Anthropology, Food Studies, Human Geography, Management, Marketing, Science and Technology Studies, and Sociology.

Application procedure

Applicants are required to prepare a document (c.1000 words) outlining their motivation for the project and indicating how they would approach the empirical research. The application deadline is 5pm on Monday 3 June 2019.

Further details about the award, and some of the associated terms and conditions.

Informal enquiries regarding this project-based PhD bursary may be made in the first instance by email to the relevant contact below:

Professor Dale Southerton - or

Professor David Evans -

The teaching duties as part of the bursary has given me valuable experience. I have been teaching on a range of MSc modules in the School, and some topics are closely related to my own research. The work experience has given me great insights into what an academic life would be like, and also adds value to my personal profile.

Jie Sheng (PhD student in Management)
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