The International Linkages of Capitalist Growth Models

Application details

Reference number: LUL/2021/IIM

Entry requirements: The Institute for International Management welcomes applications from good students with an honours degree (2:1 or above) and a master’s degree in any area of the social sciences and with a passion for doing research on such topics. Successful applicants are normally expected to have obtained a distinction or very high merit on their master’s degree (or overseas equivalent).

Institute: Institute for International Management

Start date: October 2021

Closing date: 20 May 2021


Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). The Institute for International Management (IIM) is part of Loughborough University London – an interdisciplinary school with seven institutes. Loughborough University London is located on Queen Elisabeth Olympic Park near Hackney Wick, East London, one of the 'up and coming' areas of London.

The Institute boasts an interdisciplinary team of academics who do cutting edge research in the area of International Business and Comparative Management with a focus on developing countries. The team of leading academics work on topics such as the internationalisation of firms, comparative Human Resource Management (HRM), and political activities of firms in Emerging markets. Find out more about our Institute for International Management faculty.

We have a strong culture of collaboration with colleagues in other institutions within the UK and beyond. This particular project is related to an ongoing collaboration with De Montfort University, Leicester.

Find out more about the research agenda of the Institute for International Management.

Project details

The successful candidate is expected to formulate a research project that fits under the broad theme of "The International Linkages of Capitalist Growth Models."

The Growth Models Perspective (GMP) (Baccaro & Pontusson 2016) is a recent development in the area of comparative political economy and has shifted back the focus from the dominant institutional supply-side an micro-economic factors in explaining economic development (Hall & Soskice 2001) towards demand-side factors.

What is not well-studied from this perspective is how national growth models are inserted in the world economy. Very few comparative political economists using the GMP have explicitly investigated and theorised the international insertion of national growth models. Some scholars in International Political Economy (IPE) have focused on the nature of value chains to understand the place of developing growth models their international context (Nölke & Vliegenthart 2009), others have drawn on Dependency Theory to bring in the international aspect (Scheiring 2019). Yet, much more work is needed in this area. We envisage the successful candidate for this studentship to make a significant contribution to this endeavour by bringing together the IPE and the CPE literatures. Candidates with a background in both disciplines and with quantitative skills are particularly welcomed.

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The primary supervisor for this PhD project will be Institute Director, Dr Gerhard Schnyder.

If you would like to discuss this project in more detail, please contact Dr Gerhard Schnyder.


Studentships are open to articulate, highly motivated and well-qualified UK graduates with backgrounds in relevant disciplines. The studentship provides a tax-free stipend of £17,285 per year plus tuition fees at the UK rate of £4,407 (2020/21 rates). 2021/22 rates tbc.

International students may apply but the value of the studentship will be used to cover the full cost of the International tuition fee. Note that from October 2021, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for UK fee status. Instead they will be subject to the full International tuition fee.

Studentships are for three years and all candidates will be expected to register with the October 2021 cohort.

How to apply

All applications should be made online. At stage four of the application process, select the London campus and under programme name, please select 'Institute for International Management'. Please remember to include your CV, postgraduate, and undergraduate transcripts, as well as a short research proposal outlining your intended PhD research.

Please also quote reference: LUL/2021/IIM

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