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SCDTP Studentship - Beyond the Political Divide? The ‘Gilets jaunes’, Citizenship and Popular Sovereignty in France

Sociology Social Policy & Criminology

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £15,009
(19/20 UKRI rate)
Closing Date:  Thursday 23 January 2020
Reference:  1205519CC

Beyond the Political Divide? The ‘Gilets jaunes’, Citizenship and Popular Sovereignty in France

A fully funded studentship awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) commencing in 2020/21 Academic Year.

Supervisory Team:

Dr Silke Roth (FSS/SSPC) and Scott Soo (FAH/Modern Languages, French History)

The Gilets jaunes movement is one of the most significant forms of popular protest in twenty-first-century France. The project will consider individuals’ motivations for participating and rural / urban differences at the local level. It addresses the following questions: 1) To what extent does the protest movement ‘Gilets jaunes’ transcend the left-right political divide in France? 2) What rural and urban differences between forms of protest and demands can be identified? 3) What role do digital media play in the mobilisation of the movement? 4) How has the Gilets jaunes movement influenced French regional and national policy?

Skills Required

1) A good first degree in area studies, sociology,geography, anthropology, 2) Interest in social movements and the history, society and politics of France, 3) Abilities in social theory, qualitative and quantitative methods, 4) Fluency in French & English.


South Coast DTP Funding provides an annual maintenance grant (tax free) of £15009 (2019/20 UKRI rate), plus payment of all programme fees.  Other funding available for SCDTP funded students can be found on the SCDTP website (

Funding is provided for 3 years full-time PhD study (pro-rata for part-time students).  Applications for 1+3 funding for students completing a Master's year prior to the commencement of PhD study are also welcome (details available at

Application Procedure

The closing date and time for applications is 4.00pm on 23rd January 2020.  The full application procedure, the funding application form, and more information on the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership can be found at:

For further information about this project, please contact the lead supervisor detailed above.  For questions relating to the application procedure, or for more information about the SCDTP, please visit the SCDTP website or contact us at

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