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PhD Studentship (ESRC South Coast DTP) - Leaving Aidland – Careers of Former Aid Workers

Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £14553
Annual stipend of £14553 (2017/18 RCUK rate) plus payment of programme fees
Closing Date:   Wednesday 31 January 2018
Reference:  SCDTP947117CC

Leaving Aidland – Careers of Former Aid Workers

A fully funded studentship awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) commencing in 2018/19 Academic Year.

Supervisory Team:

Doctor Silke Roth (Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology - Lead Supervisor) (, Doctor Rebecca Taylor (Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology)

This project seeks to understand the motivations of aid workers from the Global North and the Global South to leave aid organisations. To which sectors and occupations are they drawn? Does aid work result in ‘transnational capital’ and which sectors and organisations appreciate the experience of aid workers? How do aid organisations support the career development of former staff? The study will require strong qualitative skills and a good understanding of international aid work and aid organisations. The successful candidate will interview former aid workers and aid organisations. The study will be carried out in the UK and overseas.

Skills Required

-              A good first degree in sociology, geography, anthropology or development studies

-              Interest in sociology of work and careers; development and humanitarian studies

-              Abilities in social theory, qualitative and quantitative methods


South Coast DTP Funding provides an annual maintenance grant (tax free) of £14553 (2017/18 RCUK 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 11.59pm 31st January 2018.  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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