Violence and Society Centre,
City, University of London
The Violence and Society Centre at City, University of London, is offering a full-time, three-year doctoral studentship for 2020/21 entry. Applications are invited from UK, EU, and graduates wishing to pursue research in the field of ‘Violence and Society’ in the social sciences.
Violence and Society Centre
The Violence and Society Centre was established at City, University of London on 1 March 2019, with Professor Sylvia Walby OBE as its Director. The Violence and Society Centre is producing research needed to move towards ‘zero violence’. The Centre works across the School of Arts and Social Sciences (Departments of Sociology and International Politics), the School of Health Sciences, and the Law School. The Centre holds research grants supervises PhDs and runs seminars and conferences. A graduate programme in the field of ‘violence and society’ is being developed.
The Centre is interdisciplinary and international and the major themes are:
- Theory and concepts: What is violence: developing the concepts and theories to explain the increase, decrease and variation in violence.
- Measurement: Current measurement practices hide some forms of violence, especially against women: developing a new measurement framework and methods to remedy this.
- Types of violence: The Centre focusses on all of violence and coercion, including trafficking in human beings, violent crime, domestic violence and rape. Gender is mainstreamed rather than treated in isolation.
- Policy and interventions: The Centre analyses what is effective in reducing violence through policy fields including: criminal justice; civil justice; security; health and gender equality and operates on an international basis with the European Union, Council of Europe and UN, as well as the UK.
- Change: What is the future of violence, including macro-socio-historical trends; the impact of the economic crisis and situational crime analysis. What might it mean to move towards ‘zero violence’?
Please view our projects page to get an idea of the activities we engage in https://www.city.ac.uk/about/schools/interdisciplinary-city/violence-and-society#unit=projects
Applicants are recommended to also apply, at the same time, for one of the other PhD studentships that are offered by the ESRC-funded South-east Network for Social Science (SeNSS) doctoral training partnership (to be held in the Violence and Society Centre and Department of Sociology). For further information on SeNSS studentships please see: http://senss-dtp.ac.uk/about-senss.
Information about all the doctoral studentships at City in the social sciences can be found at
What is Offered
A doctoral studentship will provide:
- An annual bursary at the prevailing ESRC rate (£17,009 in 2019/20)
- A full tuition-fee waiver for UK and EU students. Applications from overseas applicants are welcome, but the applicant must make appropriate arrangements to cover the difference between the overseas and UK tuition fee.
- Further funds to support research expenses (up to £1000 over three years)
As part of our commitment to doctoral student training, you will also be eligible for appointment as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and are likely to be offered teaching-related duties within your department (to a maximum of 150 hours each year). This work will be paid in full.
The studentships will be awarded on the basis of outstanding academic achievement and the potential to produce cutting-edge research.
- Applicants must hold at least a 2.1 honours degree and a merit-level Master’s degree in a relevant subject (or international equivalent)
- Applicants whose first language is not English must have achieved at least 7.0 in IELTS or a recognised equivalent
- Applicants must not be currently registered as a doctoral student at City, University of London, or any other academic institution
How to Apply
There is a two-stage application.
First, please send to email@example.com
- CV. Include undergraduate/postgraduate grades and contact details (postal address, email, mobile number)
- An example of your written work (an article, dissertation or long essay) (in English)
- A project proposal (c. 1,000 words), including: title, abstract, research question, literature review, research design and methodology, proposed academic and practical impact, references.
There are two dates on which these applications will be reviewed; on 10th December 2019 and on 3rd January 2020.
Second, successful applicants will then be invited to apply to the School of Arts and Social Sciences Doctoral Studentships, which has a deadline of 19th January 2020
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