Development Engagement Lab – Understanding Engagement with Global Poverty
Applications are required for Fully Funded PhD Scholarship in Political Science to carry Understanding Engagement with Global Poverty Project at Development Engagement Lab (DEL), School of Public Policy, University College London (UCL), United Kingdom
The scholarship position is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for four years and part of the Development Engagement Lab (DEL) project led by Professor Jennifer Hudson (UCL) and Professor David Hudson (University of Birmingham),. The successful scholar will be supervised by Professor Jennifer Hudson and Dr Paolo Morini.
The DEL is a multi-year (2018-2023), cross-national investigation of the drivers of engagement with development and overseas aid in four donor countries: France, Germany, Great Britain, and the United States. DEL continues the research from the Aid Attitudes Tracker which has generated large N cross sectional and panel surveys, survey experiments and qualitative datasets. The PhD scholar is required to develop their own PhD research and work (7.5 hours per week) with the PIs and Post-doctoral scholars to help support and deliver the project’s key objectives.
PhD scholars can choose any of the of potential research areas, but are not limited to, the following:
- What factors drive individuals’ support for development assistance?
- What is the structure of an individual’s values, knowledge, attitudes and behaviour in relation to global development?
- What factors affect how, why or when international development organisations (NGOs, donor government agencies) use evidence to inform policy or practice?
- How does public support influence political decisions (MPs and / or government bureaucracies) about development aid spending and priorities?
- How does the media / family and friends / NGO and charity fundraising appeals / culture, art, documentaries affect individuals’ attitudes or behaviour towards global poverty and development?
- How do attitudes towards global development relate to attitudes towards domestic redistribution / climate change / migration / populism?
- How does the process of collective deliberation or social norms affect individuals’ position on or reasoning about responsibilities to distant strangers?
- What differences do survey / experimental / focus group / interview data reveal about people’s engagement with global development and how could we assess their validity?
- How do school-based global citizenship education / volunteering / travel impact on people’s values and orientation towards global poverty?
Applicants are required to meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Master’s degree or equivalent in Political Science, International Relations, International Development or relevant discipline
- Master’s degree dissertation with minimum of 65% marks
- Advanced level proficiency in English language (IELTS overall score of 7.5 with a minimum of 6.5)
- Interest in public/elite opinion, attitude/behavioural change, international development, official development assistance; sustainable development, political engagement
- Good knowledge of empirical research methods, including: experimental/non-experimental research design, inferential statistics, econometrics, data visualization, with evidence of training both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels
- Interest and ability to draw connections between research and real-world challenges related to public engagement with global development
- Ability to work with a range of international stakeholders: academics, NGOs, government agencies, funding bodies
- Excellent writing and communication skills
- Good organisational and interpersonal skills
- Only available to UK & EU applicants are eligible to apply
Applicants are required to submit the following documents with application:
- Curriculum Vitae
- Statement of purpose outlining your interest, experience and motivation for the PhD
- Academic degrees and transcripts
- Completed PhD proposal using the UCL template (3,000 words max