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PhD Studentship: Addressing the impact of new forms of work on gender equality

Southampton Law School

Location:  Highfield Campus
Closing Date:   Wednesday 28 February 2018
Reference:  FBLA-LAW-017

Digital technologies are changing the world of work. With the increase of platform work, crowd-working and home-working, occupational structures, timing of work and career patterns are evolving. The flexibility of digital working in the ‘gig economy’ can increase women’s participation in employment, but, on the other hand, it can also lead to the concentration of women in low-paid and low-quality jobs (see e.g. OECD,Going Digital: The Future of Work for Women (2017)). 

Applications are invited for the study of these new forms of work from a gender perspective, to identify the potential, but also the dangers, of digital working for gender equality, and to assess how these issues could be addressed in the UK regulatory context. Socio-legal projects that combine empirical (qualitative and/or quantitative) and theoretical study are particularly welcomed.

This scholarship will be supported by the new ‘Stefan Cross Centre for Women, Equality and Law’ and the growing expertise and networks of scholars within that centre, and other University interdisciplinary centres, such as the ‘Gender Research Network’ and the ‘Work Futures Research Centre’.

  • The successful candidate will start on 1 October 2018. The scholarship will offer full tuition fee and maintenance funding for 3 years. The doctoral stipend for 2017/18 is currently £14,000.
  • This studentship is only available for full time programmes and is open to applicants from the UK, the EU and overseas.
  • As part of the application you will be required to submit a CV, research proposal, degree certificate and transcripts, two academic references and proof of English language proficiency. 
  • The deadline for applications is 28 February 2018. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be informed of interview arrangements in early March 2018, and interviews will be held on 22nd-23rd March.
  • The awards will be allocated by end of April, with the outcome being communicated to the candidates in May.

If you wish to discuss any details of the studentship informally, please contact:

To apply please follow the ‘Apply’ link on the following webpage:

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Please mention reference FBLA-LAW-017 in the scholarship section of your application.

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