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Queen Mary University of London Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarship Program 2019, UK

Queen Mary University of London


Deadline:

January 31, 2019


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Queen Mary University of London Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarships (QMUL-LTDS) programme

 As QMUL-LTDS is designed as an interdisciplinary programme, we encourage applicants to identify two potential supervisors from two different Schools (disciplines) including the Schools of Politics and International Relations (IR), Business and Management, Economics and Finance, Languages, Linguistics and Film, Geography, Psychology (SBCS), History, and Law. 

Co-directed by Professors Engin Isin and Kimberley Hutchings QMUL-LTDS will involve 21 PhD research projects (2018-2023) concerned with how the world is being dynamically constituted by mobile people in active and novel ways and how this affects fundamental social and political institutions. Its aim is to generate theories, concepts, methods, and data that are necessary to understand mobility as a way of life – not as an exception but as an emerging norm. Current research demonstrates that developments in human mobility are interrelated with the ways in which they are studied, interpreted, documented, and managed. Thus, thinking about mobility as a way of life entails reflexivity about the processes of producing knowledge about mobile lives in an increasingly mobile world: how we study, manage, govern, and imagine it. 

QMUL-LTDS is a research training programme that draws strength from both the interdisciplinary approaches of QMUL in social sciences and humanities and its extraordinary location in London’s East End as a historical hub of peoples, languages, and cultures from around the world. QMUL-LTDS projects will address the transformative effects of mobile people on the social and political institutions they inhabit and construct. How mobile people are creating new worlds, not solely as host versus guest, mobile versus immobile relations, but in ways which fundamentally challenge social and political institutions of citizenship, democracy, nationality and security is the innovative focus of this programme. 

This focus requires studying the micro-level experiences, imaginations and meaning-making practices of mobile people as well as tracing their effects on social, political and economic institutions at all levels. This will involve insights, concepts, methods, and data from across different disciplines as well as insights from interdisciplinary fields. QMUL-LTDS supervision will involve about 30 academic staff from social and cognitive sciences and humanities disciplines. These scholars across QMUL Schools have already identified limits to established (19th and 20th centuries) sedentary and disciplinary categories for understanding and explaining the complexities of mobility. QMUL-LTDS aims to create a sustainable and enduring engagement amongst these scholars, and between them and a new generation of PhD research students to develop an innovative range of theories, concepts and methods for studying the multi-faceted phenomenon of mobile people. QMUL-LTDS research projects will take our understanding of mobility as a way of life and its shaping of worlds beyond disciplinary confines. It will provide resources for future researchers to further transform our understanding of how mobile people are actively creating worlds that we all inhabit.

These scholars across QMUL Schools have already identified limits to established (19th and 20th centuries) sedentary and disciplinary categories for understanding and explaining the complexities of mobility. QMUL-LTDS aims to create a sustainable and enduring engagement amongst these scholars, and between them and a new generation of PhD research students to develop an innovative range of theories, concepts and methods for studying the multi-faceted phenomenon of mobile people. QMUL-LTDS research projects will take our understanding of mobility as a way of life and its shaping of worlds beyond disciplinary confines. It will provide resources for future researchers to further transform our understanding of how mobile people are actively creating worlds that we all inhabit.

The QMUL-LTDS programme is organised according to thematic priorities which reflect established expertise at QMUL. These themes (boundaries, generations, environment, health, identities, language) will be studied in relation to the impacts of mobility as a way of life on social and political institutions (citizenship, democracy, nationality, and security). The organisation of the programme is guided by the principle that institutions such as citizenship (membership, rights, obligations), democracy (representation, participation, government), nationality (sovereignty, state, territory), and security (authority, legality, threat/protection) are undergoing profound transformations. These transformations are shaped by and reshape the articulation of spatial relations (boundaries), temporal relations (generations), meanings of place from world to home (environment), definitions and experiences of well/ill-being (health), dispositions and behaviours (identities), and communication and speech (language).

Admission requirements

Applicants are expected to hold a good first degree of at least 2:1, or equivalent, and/or a Masters degree of at least Merit, or equivalent (usually 65% and above), in politics and/or international relations, or a cognate discipline. Relevant experience within the field may also be taken into account. If English is not your first language, take note of any English language requirements. The College’s standard requirement for English is IELTS 7.0 (6.5 Writing) or equivalent. More details about language requirements can be found in the international students section.

As QMUL-LTDS is an interdisciplinary programme, you are encouraged to identify two potential supervisors from two different schools (disciplines) including the Schools of Politics and International Relations (IR), Business and Management, Economics and Finance, Languages, Linguistics and Film, Geography, Psychology (SBCS), History, and Law.

Applicants are encouraged to contact their potential supervisors in advance of making a formal application. However, a formal acceptance by the supervisor is not a requirement for making an application via the online system. Please note that supervisors from other Schools will be allocated after you submitted your application to the Politics and IR PhD programme.

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December 17, 2018




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