Study for a PhD
SKOPE welcomes applications from high quality students with an interest in the field of work, employment, skills and training. ESRC funding is available for doctoral students on a competitive basis.
Full details of the facilities available for graduate students in the University are available at the Graduate Centre.
SKOPE would welcome topics in the following areas:
- UK skills policy formation and the nature of the policy process
- Divergent skills policies between the UK nations
- Tensions between the economic and non-economic aspects of adult learning/Lifelong learning policies
- The links between skills policy and business improvement/economic development
- Adult learning for low paid workers
- Lifelong learning strategies in an era of austerity
- Collective employer action on skills
- Low wage work – causes, consequences, solutions
- Progression in the labour market
- Comparative research (particularly France, Norway, Germany, USA, Australia, UK); skill, labour markets, quality of work.
- Work organisation and skill utilisation
- Skills policy
- Sectoral studies of economic performance and the role of labour and the state.
As applications for funding are very competitive, students interested in studying for a PhD are encouraged to contact us as early in the academic year as possible so that a strong application can be made.