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SCDTP Studentship - The effect of the formation and composition of deliberating groups on social preferences


Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £15,009
(19/20 UKRI rate)
Closing Date:  Thursday 23 January 2020
Reference:  1208019CC

The effect of the formation and composition of deliberating groups on social preferences

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. João Ferreira (, Dr. Paolo Spada and Prof Michael Vlassopoulos

Every society contains innumerable deliberating groups such as legislative bodies, Internet discussion groups, and participatory budgeting processes. Yet, little is known about the effect of the formation and composition of deliberating groups on preferences for fairness, inequality aversion, trust, and reciprocity. This project will use advanced quantitative methods linked to the design, implementation, and analysis of lab and lab-in-the-field experiments to bridge this gap in the literature. Combining the controlled and rigorous environment of the lab, with field analysis of participatory budgeting processes, this project can advance our scientific understanding on this topic and create a clear pathway to social impact.

Skills Required

The project would require advanced knowledge of statistics and would suit a 1+3 as well as a +3 candidate with the relevant skills. +3 candidates require skills in handling experimental data, performing statistical analysis, and some familiarity with behavioural & experimental economics. Knowledge of game theory and/or political science is desirable, but not required.


South Coast DTP Funding provides an annual maintenance grant (tax free) of £15,009 (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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