Friday, March 13, 2009

PhD opportunity at Manchester UK: New media and political change

The Institute for Social Change has three fully funded PhD studentships commencing in 2009, covering fees and an annual maintenance stipend of £11,800.

The Institute for Social Change is an interdisciplinary research centre in the School of Social Sciences that offers an outstanding environment in which to study for a PhD. Sociological research at the University of Manchester was ranked joint first in the 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise, producing the highest proportion of ‘world leading' research of any UK institution. PhD students will have the opportunity to apply for places on the prestigious Harvard-Manchester graduate summer programme, and may be able to spend time at Harvard in the course of their research project.

We welcome proposals from outstanding candidates for empirical research projects into the causes and consequences of change in contemporary societies, particularly in the areas of inequality, immigration, religion, the workplace and civic engagement.

We are particularly keen to fund projects in New Media and Political Change - how new forms of digital communication may be changing the nature of citizen participation and political organisations' structure and functions.

To discuss your proposal, contact the head of postgraduate research, Professor David Voas (

You can apply online at
For information on how to apply contact Vicky Barnes (

The deadline for applications is 11th May 2009.