PhD Studentship: Analysing the Smart Cities Movement and the Strategic Value of Co-production

Nottingham, United Kingdom
Dec 28, 2018
Jan 27, 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type
PhD / Doctoral

Reference SOC480 Closing Date Wednesday, 23rd January 2019 Department Nottingham University Business School
PhD studentship with Nottingham University Business School's Strategy & International Business division.

Are you interested in undertaking a PhD to investigate Smart Cities and their role in safeguarding the social, environmental and economic needs of present and future generations?

We are looking for an enthusiastic PhD student who will undertake original research in the field of Strategy, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability. The candidate will be expected to apply advanced social science theory and methods to carry out ground-breaking research on the Smart Cities movement. It is anticipated that the student will refine the focus of the study with their supervisors, and that it will likely engage with conceptual debates related to the role and nature of stakeholder engagement in the context of Smart Cities and the complex debates that will characterise the mobilization of these city wide projects, including the interplay between different interests and power dynamics.

This funded PhDs will commence from 1 st October 2019. A yearly stipend at current RCUK rates (£14,777), plus UK/EU student tuition fees (£4,350), is available to the successful applicant.

How to apply

Applicants should have:

  • A 2.1 or higher honours degree in a social science, and
  • A Master's degree which includes a substantial research element, with a score of 65% or above in the taught modules and 65% or above in the dissertation.

Complete the online application . Your application must include a research proposal and should indicate the area in which the research will be conducted and the key issues that you want to examine in more detail.

In addition, please also enclose the following with your application form:


  • Transcripts of all your academic qualifications. If you have not completed your Master's degree yet, you should include a transcript of the marks received to date. Any offer is conditional upon achieving the required standard.
  • 2 academic references.
  • English language test result, if English is not your first language.

Entry onto our PhD programme is very competitive. If you fulfil all of the admissions requirements, it does not guarantee that you will be offered a place. We also consider:



  • The quality of your research proposal.
  • The fit of your research area with potential supervisors.
  • References.
  • Your personal statement.

Once your online application has been submitted, please email to indicate you would like to be considered for this scholarship

Closing date: 23.59pm [BST] on 23 rd January 2019. Applications submitted after this time will not be considered.

Shortlisted candidates will be called for interview to be held in Nottingham on Thursday 7 th February 2019. The successful candidates will be notified by Friday 15 th February 2019.

For further information please contact: or

PhD Open Day

We are holding a PhD open day on Wednesday 12 th December 2018 more details can be found here.