PhD Studentship in Sport and Citizenship @ Loughborough University: Sport for Development

sport-for-developmentFollowing the establishment of a ‘mini Centre for Doctoral Training’ (mini-CDT) in Sport and Citizenship at Loughborough University, applications are invited for a PhD studentship funded by the University’s Graduate School to start on October 1st 2015. The Sport and Citizenship mini-CDT is a joint initiative of the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences and the School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences. This mini-CDT seeks to research the diverse ways in which active citizenship is pursued by different individuals and social groups in and through sport.

This PhD is situated within the broad area of Sport for Development. The project will investigate how sport is used in developing societies to promote wider social benefits associated with active citizenship. The specific focus of the research is open to discussion between the supervisors and applicants. Possible research topics include but are not limited to the study of sport’s contribution towards achieving better educational outcomes, stronger social cohesion, improved health practices, or the empowerment of women. The project may also involve a comparative dimension, exploring the contribution of sport and non-sporting activities for achieving beneficial social outcomes. It is anticipated that the project will involve significant data-collection in at least one developing society on a case-study basis. The research will benefit substantially from close links with the British Council as the non-academic project partner, particularly in terms of offering research access to on-going work by the British Council in specific international locations. The PhD supervisors will be Professor Richard Giulianotti and Dr James Esson, and the PhD student will be based in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences.

The studentship is for 3 years and is intended to start on October 1st 2015. The studentship provides a tax-free stipend of £13,863 per annum, plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate, for the duration of the studentship. International (non-EU) students may apply for this studentship, but will need to find the difference in fees between those for a ‘UK/EU’ and ‘international’ student themselves. For more information on fees, please see:

Applicants will normally need to hold, or expect to obtain, at least an upper 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in sport studies or a relevant social science discipline. A relevant Masters degree will be advantageous.

General information on the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences can be found at: informal enquiries about the project, please contact Professor Giulianotti ( or Dr Esson (

To apply, please complete the online application using the following link:

The closing date for applications is 27 February 2015

Interviews will take place in March 2015

Please quote the following reference when applying: GS15SSEHS/M2

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