PhD Studentships

Loughborough University London is offering 25 studentships to fund research projects in design, enterprise, sport business, media and creative industries, and digital technologies.

The studentships will cover the full cost of tuition fees, as well as a competitive, tax-free stipend of £16,057 (inclusive of London weighting) for UK, EU and International students. The stipend will be paid in monthly instalments for the duration of your PhD.

Each Institute will allocate 3 studentships to UK/EU applicants, and 2 studentships to international applicants.

If you are interested in research and would like to join a passionate and forward-thinking research community on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, please take a look at some of the suggested research projects listed with each Institute below.

Application Dates and Deadlines:

Round 1: The first round of applications is now closed

Round 2: Application deadline: 3rd July 2016 Interviews: 18th July – 29th July 2016 Students can choose to start in October 2016 or January 2017

Round 3: Application deadline: 2nd October 2016 Interviews: 17th October – 28th October 2016 Students can choose to start in January 2017

How to Apply

To apply for a studentship, please access the Application Portal, remembering to include the code of institute you wish to apply for.

Glendonbrook Institute for Enterprise Development

Glendonbrook Institute for Enterprise Development Please see below a list of suggested studentship topics from the Glendonbrook Institute for Enterprise Development. When submitting an application, please use the code LDN-GIED-001. Also when choosing your campus, please select 'London' and under programme, please select 'Glendonbrook Institute for Enterprise Development (Full Time)'.

Social Network Intervention

How to design, implement, and monitor specific social network interventions to enhance firm innovativeness?

Downsizing and Innovation:

What are the effects of reorganization (downsizing) on firm performance and innovativeness (specific language capability required; quantitative skills or interests preferred)?

Entrepreneurs in Creative Industries

Creative industries are fast growing sectors of the UK economy: what are barriers and enablers in the process of developing and refining online strategies and carving digital footprints for entrepreneurs and teams working in these? How may barriers be overcome?

Governance in Family Firms

What are the effects of internal and external governance structures on entrepreneurship and innovation in family firms? (Internal governance structures can include boards and management teams; external influences can include family councils, trustees, family firm advisers, and other stakeholders).

Women Governing Family Firms

What is influence of women on the boards of family firms: are these more innovative?

Management-buy-out in Family Firms

What are the drivers and long-term consequences of management buy-outs of family firms?

Entrepreneurs’ Affective and Cognitive Resources

How do entrepreneurial teams collectively mobilise their affective and cognitive resources to imagine and explore better futures?

Sport Business

Please see below a list of suggested studentship topics from the Institute for Sport Business. When submitting an application, please use the code LDN-ISB-001. Also when choosing your campus, please select 'London' and under programme, please select 'Institute for Sport Business (Full Time)'.

Leadership, Innovation and Culture

Many of the natural byproducts of organisational success (hierarchy, routinization, the elimination of risk) can stifle innovation. An innovative culture cultivates engagement and enthusiasm, challenges people to take risks within a safe environment, fosters learning, and encourages independent thinking. The relationship between leadership and the development of cultures of innovation in sport organisations needs to be examined.

Leadership in Sport and other Contexts

Sport management scholars have studied leadership from a variety of perspectives. Whilst a recent trend is to investigate differences associated with leadership in sport, the field would also benefit from learning about leadership in other contexts like the military, innovative organisations, and other environments with an emphasis on high performance.

Women and Leadership

Social construction theory has been widely used in understanding gender, and the theory is increasingly used to understand leadership. At the nexus is the construction of leadership roles between men and women. The highly-masculine, uber-competitive, and hierarchal nature of the sport industry offers a particularly meaningful context for understanding how leadership roles differ and, more importantly, understand how to manipulate follower perceptions to equalise the representation of women in sport leadership roles.

Women and Leadership

Sport management scholars need to continue to explore the nexus of identity/identities and leadership. How does gender influence the process of leadership and the outcomes associated with leadership in a male dominated sport environment? Might women exhibit more servant leadership qualities than men and thus be more effective in certain contexts (e.g., community sport, non-profit sport) because they demonstrate more communal qualities and are favourably evaluated for doing so, which could also be valued in these sport environments?

Race, Ethnicity and Leadership

There is a need to understand how race and ethnicity influence the process of leadership. Some initial work has been done in this regard, examining the underrepresentation of minorities in coaching positions and how institutional racism may play a role in the underrepresentation of minorities in leadership positions. Further research into understanding this relationship is required.

Servant Leadership and Sport

Research into servant leadership and its effects on outcomes of interest across multiple sport contexts is required. A number of areas could be explored. For example, could servant leadership be important in reducing unethical conduct in sport through its emphasis on service and follower development? How might servant leadership be related to acceptance of or resistance to organizational change?

Leadership and the Sport Sector

The antecedents to leadership and the influences on leadership will vary by sport context, in that leadership at the grassroots, non-profit level of sport, for example, will develop and operate differently than leadership in professional sport. Research should examine leadership development and process across various segments of the sport industry.

Design Innovation

Please see below a list of suggested studentship topics from the Institute for Design Innovation. When submitting an application, please use the code LDN-IDI-001. Also when choosing your campus, please select 'London' and under programme, please select 'Institute for Design Innovation (Full Time)'.

Design Value

Value creation is a central concern in design innovation. This area of research is focused on value creation perspectives in and through the application of design into multiple contexts involving users, organisations, ecosystems and society at large. The area examines managing user and customer involvement in new product, service and business development, co-creating value in the (new) creative and culture industries, and applying design(ers) thinking into new and disruptive business models. Please see the Institute’s PhD Opportunities for a detailed description of the post.

Design Meaning

A focal issue in design outcomes, processes and capabilities is linked to the creation of meaning. This research area examines design-driven innovation of meaning, with a focus on the role and impact of design and designers as cultural intermediaries, examining the creation of meaning, culture and materiality-related perspectives in multiple contexts and environments. The relationship between design and culture is also a focal area of interest, together with new modes and future perspectives of design driven innovation.

Design Delivery

Designing public policies and services is a central challenge in our societies today. This research area links the study of the development of innovative policies to the research on delivery of relevant and coherent services that help to deliver innovation that matters. The area furthermore examines the role of design and designers in sustainable product service systems, social enterprise and services, and the circular economy. Please see the Institute’s PhD Opportunities for detailed description of the post.

Design Practice

How we design, what we design, and who designs are some of the key questions for design practice today. This area of research investigates teams and groups in creativity and design driven contexts, through exploring collaborative, interdisciplinary and multicultural practices and approaches. The area also investigates transformational leadership, activism and critical thinking in design management and practice today and in the future. Please see the Institute’s PhD Opportunities for detailed description of the post.

Design Exploration

As the interaction between users, organizations and ecosystems becomes more complex everyday, exploring new design contexts becomes increasingly important. This research area aims to give space to and explore the grey areas of design research that have received scant attention to date but represent potentially valuable avenues of investigation. This could include exploratory or emerging themes linked to phenomena such as urbanization and smart cities, regeneration issues, digitalization and similar. This area is open to proposals that may have exploratory topics, imaginative contexts and novel methodologies. Please see the Institute’s PhD Opportunities for detailed description of the post.

Digital Technologies

Please see below a list of suggested studentship topics from the Institute for Digital Technologies. When submitting an application, please use the code LDN-IDT-001. Also when choosing your campus, please select 'London' and under programme, please select 'Institute for Digital Technologies (Full Time)'.

Audio Visual Signal Processing

Active Noise Control

5G Mobile Communication Systems

Internet of Things (IoT)

Smart Environment

Autonomous Systems

Big Data Analytics and Visualisation

Cyber Security

Media and Creative Industries

Please see below a list of suggested studentship topics from the Institute for Media and Creative Industries. When submitting an application, please use the code LDN-IMCI-001. Also when choosing your campus, please select 'London' and under programme, please select 'Institute for Media and Creative Industries (Full Time)'.

Political economy

To examine ownership, control, regulation, and international exchange

Ethnography

To investigate the experience of cultural producers and audiences

Sociology

To undertake content analyses in search of generic patterns, such as representations of violence, and study the production of culture

Social-movement engagement

To understand stereotyping, exclusion, and power inequality

Textual and content analysis

To evaluate the meanings of specific productions and broader patterns

Production

To make innovative texts and prepare students for work and citizenship

Cultural Policy

Environmentalism

To comprehend the ecological impact of media use and obsolescence

Urban Studies

Media Law and Regulation

Studentships in Loughborough

Loughborough University is also offering studentship opportunities in Loughborough, across all areas of research. Each studentship includes the full cost of tuition fees and a tax-free stipend of approximately £14,000 per annum, paid in monthly installments for the duration of your PhD programme.

Click here to see a list of current opportunities, and discover how to join an inspiring community of approximately 1,000 research students, all undertaking pioneering research in 100+ research centres, groups and institutes.


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