Fully Funded PhD in Policy and Practice of Entrepreneurship

Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
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Job description

The Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development (CREED), based at Sheffield University Management School, is seeking applications for a fully funded PhD from exceptional UK/EU/International students with an outstanding academic record (distinction/high merit or equivalent), as well as a proven record in research training.

Entrepreneurship and small business is regarded as the lifeblood of the economy, with productive entrepreneurship regarded as important to economic development and growth. Considering the important economic and social role of entrepreneurs, the design and implementation of policies to support the diversity of entrepreneurial activity are critical areas of concern. The policy agenda, designed to stimulate entrepreneurship and promote entrepreneurs as agents of change, has been particularly popularised through concept of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in recent academic and policy debates. While the specific research questions will be developed by the successful candidate in conjunction with the supervisory team, potential questions might include but are not limited to:

  • To what extent does public policy support and/or enable entrepreneurial-led growth?
  • What is the role of policy in supporting entrepreneurial activity across spatial scales and industrial sectors?
  • What institutional conditions are required to build and sustain an effective entrepreneurial ecosystem?
  • How do entrepreneurs engage with and navigate entrepreneurial ecosystems and the wider socio-economic landscape?
  • How have entrepreneurial ecosystems evolved over time, and how can this be qualified?
  • In what ways can entrepreneurial ecosystems support entrepreneurs making the transition from start-up to scale-up?

The supervisory team may include two of the following academics: Dr Chay Brooks, Professor Philip McCann, Professor Tim Vorley, and Dr Robert Wapshott. The selection of supervisors would depend on which project(s) is pursued and staff availability.

How to apply

Applicants should submit a 1000 word research proposal which directly addresses the theme and/or specific topic to which they are applying. The proposal should contain a brief background to the topic, which demonstrates knowledge of existing work in the field, and potential contributions to knowledge. It should also explain the proposed research methods and include a plan of the research, and a timeline.

Closing date for applications is 17.00 (UK time) on Friday 13 July 2018. Interviews will be held week commencing 6 August 2018

For more information and to submit an application, visit www.sheffield.ac.uk/management/study/researchdegrees/fundedprojects

Funding Notes:

This scholarship is offered on a full-time basis from September 2018 for three years subject to satisfactory progress. It will provide an annual tax free bursary of £14,777 and cover the University tuition fees for UK/EU/international students.

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