ESRC PhD Studentship Rising Powers, Labour Standards and the Governance of Global Production Networks

Start date: 16 September 2013

Application closing date: 12 August 2013

Project Information:

The successful applicant will be supervised by Dr Khalid Nadvi (SED) and Professor Rudolf Sinkovics (Manchester Business School), and will conduct a programme of research as specified under Research Grant Reference Number: ES/J013234/1: ESRC Rising Powers and Interdependent Futures, awarded to Dr Nadvi. The successful applicant will undertake administrative support tasks on the project under the direction of the supervisors and attend relevant workshops and international conferences. The studentship will conform to the standard PhD programme at The University of Manchester.

The Project aims to explore how Rising Powers, most notably, Brazil, China and India are challenging existing forms of global economic governance and power. Using the analytical framework of global production networks, the international and multi-disciplinary team will undertake research in Brazil, China, India, UK and EU. The study will consider:

  • How emerging Rising Powers firms (both multinational and small) engage with labour and social standards in their globalised production arrangements
  • How civil society in these countries shape local attitudes and norms on working conditions;
  • How Rising Power governments define and implement labour standards and interact in global institutions where such standards are formulated.
  • Implications for other developing countries, firms and consumers in UK and EU, and future governance of globalised production arrangements.

The PhD studentship will allow us to:

  • Develop an inter-disciplinary programme for post-graduate research and teaching that connects the international business approach with a development oriented understanding of global production networks.
  • Further the analysis of Rising Power firms and civil society and their engagement with and shaping of labour and social standards, through an in-depth student research project on any aspect of this theme, focusing on 1 or more of the 3 Rising Power countries being studied: Brazil, China and India.

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Applicants should meet the entry requirements specified at:

Funding and Eligibility:

The studentship will be available from September 2013 for 3 years and will cover ‘home’ tuition fees, and for UK students a stipend and fieldwork costs, subject to eligibility criteria. EU students are normally eligible for a fees only award.

Applicants should enjoy ‘home’ (UK/EU) tuition fee status. Please see link below for information on determining tuition fee status. We are unable to accept applications from students without ‘home’ tuition fee status.

How to Apply:

Applications should be made through The University of Manchester online application for postgraduate study by 12 August 2013, via the ‘Apply’ button below, specifying ‘PhD Development Policy and Management’ as the programme of study.

In section 6 of the application form, under ‘research title’ please insert ‘Rising Powers Studentship’.

In addition to the documents listed at the link above please include a personal statement of 700 words maximum indicating why you would like to undertake this studentship.

Your research proposal should include how it links to the overall themes of the project.

Students will be informed of the outcome of the selection process by 9 September 2013. If you have not been contacted by late September, please assume you have been unsuccessful.


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