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PhD Opportunities

Communities in Transition

School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics | PHD
Funding
Unfunded
Reference Number
HAPP-2021-1006
Application Deadline
None specified
Start Date
14 May 2021

Overview

The Communities in Transition (CIT) Project, funded by The Executive Office NI (TEO) in partnership with Co-operation Ireland (CI), supports eight geographic areas where there has been a history of paramilitary activity and coercive control.

After a detailed research analysis identified the eight areas most negatively impacted by paramilitary activity and other forms of criminality in Northern Ireland, CI led a consortium (that included Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University) to further explore these issues in the selected sites.

This consultation involved an innovative Participatory Design Process that promoted the development of local solutions to local problems. Working in direct consultation with residents and stakeholders of the eight CIT sites, the Consortium was able to assemble a diverse body of ideas and interventions that could theoretically stimulate change and transition in these areas.

These ideas were then packaged as projects for tender. Each project was bespoke in nature, to reflect the unique nature of each CIT site, but fall within one of seven categories, including: capacity building, restorative practice, arts and culture, community safety, health and wellbeing, employability and area regeneration.

Project delivery commenced in February 2020 and most projects were commissioned for twelve months.

Dr Brendan Sturgeon and Professor Dominic Bryan of Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), agreed to undertake an evaluation of CIT and its related projects, on behalf of TEO and in partnership CI. The rolling assessment has included the collection of data in line with each project’s bespoke Outcomes Based Accountability (OBA) framework and via Baseline and Exit Surveys (among other points of enquiry).

It is now anticipated that a further phase of CIT delivery will soon be commissioned.

Given that the next phase of funding is projected to last for three years, Dr Sturgeon and Prof Bryan would welcome applications for potential PhD projects that could supplement the core work of their evaluation. This could involve carrying out research on topics related to the social and community challenges associated with CIT (e.g. impact of coercive control) or focus on the value of the conceptual framework adopted by TEO (e.g. value of a participatory design process). Applicants could also consider reflecting on approaches adopted in other locations to comparable problems and challenges.

Project Summary
Supervisor
Professor Dominic Bryan
Mode of Study

Full-time: Full time/3 years to run along


Funding Body
The Executive Office NI.
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Anthropological Studies overview

Anthropology at Queen's is internationally renowned and a long established and rapidly expanding centre for postgraduate teaching and research training.

Examine human behaviour and relationships under expert research supervision and join a vibrant interdisciplinary postgraduate research community that includes students from all over the world.

Our programme, collaborations with other departments and institutions, and excellent resources mean that whatever your area of interest, there is the anthropological expertise to match. We offer supervision in a wide range of topics, including aspects of social and economic change, borders and migration, conflict transformation and human rights, emotions and the senses, gender, kinship and marriage, environmentalism, tourism, new religions and political movements, ethnomusicology, and performance, art and culture.

A flourishing programme of events, seminars, and research groups complements our postgraduate courses and doctoral supervision.

Our world-class academics provide research students with excellent supervision. Learn more about our expertise and click here to find a Phd supervisor and explore research areas.

About the Programme:
This programme involves substantial original research, normally including ethnographic fieldwork of 12 months and leading to the production of a thesis of up to 80,000 words.

The PhD programme is designed to provide training in the methods of independent research and will provide the student with a professional credential at the highest level. The research normally will be based upon an analysis of original field research materials.

Normally, PhD students during the first year, after about 10 months (or 20 in part-time study) will be examined in the differentiation. In order to progress on the PhD pathway, successful completion of differentiation, and, if required, approval of an Ethical Review application, are conditions for students to proceed to field research for a year (anywhere in the world including the UK). It is expected that students commence the fieldwork from July onwards.

The School will provide training for the fieldwork, a risk assessment will be conducted and students will discuss with their supervisory team about the resources that will be required. Supervisors offer support throughout the year at the field site.

The location of the field is your choice, but this is judged and agreed on the merit of the research at the differentiation. After fieldwork, students return to the University and start writing their thesis under the guidance of their supervisors.

Research Areas:
Our regional interests include Ireland, the British Isles, Europe, Africa, South Asia, South East Asia, Japan, the Caribbean, Latin America, Melanesia and Australia. We offer supervision in a wide range of topics, including:

•Aspects of Social and Economic Change
•Borders, Migration and Transnationalism
•Conflict Transformation and Human Rights
•Emotions and The Senses
•Ethnomusicology
•Gender, Kinship and Marriage
•Human/Animal Relations and Environmentalism
•Identity, Ethnicity and Nationalism
•Symbols and Rituals
•Music, Popular Culture and Tourism
•New Religions and Political Movements
•Performance, Art and Material Culture
•Public Policy

Mode of study/duration:
Registration is on a full-time or part-time basis, under the direction of a supervisory team appointed by the School. You will be expected to submit your thesis at the end of three years of full-time registration for PhD.

Research Seminars:
Anthropology postgraduate life centres around the weekly Anthropology seminar, and a regular postgraduate seminar, as well as regular events within the School, in the Institute for Cognition and Culture and the Institute of Irish Studies.

Community
The postgraduate community within the School is lively, energetic and diverse and, contribute enormously to the research culture of the school. It includes many of our own graduates, as well as graduates of British and Irish universities such as Edinburgh, Glasgow, Oxford, and UCD, and international institutions such as Princeton, Georgetown and Minzu University Beijing.

Careers:
We are proud of the students who have graduated with their doctorates. Where possible we stay in touch so that the link and relationships remain long after a student has left the School. View our alumni here.

Recent doctoral graduates in Anthropology have gone on to postdoctoral positions in a range of institutions, including the University of Stirling, University of Oxford, Minzu University, University of Waterloo, Masaryk University, University of Sydney and University College Cork; PhD graduates also find employment with a very wide range of employers, including the Council for International Educational Exchange, Handelsbanken Bank, the Institute for Conflict Research, US News and World Report and the Bangladesh Civil Service.

Anthropological Studies Highlights
Career Development
  • Queen’s is ranked in the top 140 in the world for graduate prospects (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020).
World Class Facilities
  • Queen’s was ranked 3rd out of 199 universities worldwide and 2nd out of 44 UK universities for our Graduate School.
Student Experience
  • Anthropology provides each research student with a first and second supervisor and supplies additional training through postgraduate and qualitative research methods seminars.
  • Research students discuss and present ongoing work in the weekly postgraduate seminar. They are encouraged to publish an article in an academic journal and present work at national and international conferences.
  • Research students can gain teaching experience as tutors in modules taught in the School.
  • Overall monitoring and evaluation of progress of research students is carried out by the School Postgraduate Research Committee, which also supports with all issues arising from postgraduate admissions and changes of enrolment.
  • Queen’s is ranked 22nd in the world for international outlook (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020).
  • Queen’s was ranked 2nd out of 199 universities worldwide for satisfaction with social facilities.
  • In the Guardian University Guide 2020, Anthropology was ranked:
    Course satisfaction - 9th in the UK for Anthropology.
    Teaching Satisfaction – 7th in the UK for Anthropology.
    Satisfaction with feedback – 6th in the UK for Anthropology
    Student:Staff ratio – 4th in the Uk for Anthropology.
    Spend per student – 6th in the UK for spend per student for Anthropology.
    Value added score – 5th in UK for Anthropology.
  • In the 2020 Guardian League Tables, Anthropology at Queen's was ranked 1st for teaching satisfaction (97.3%) and 2nd in the UK for overall course satisfaction. In the Guardian University Guide 2021, Anthropology was ranked 2nd in the UK.
Key Facts

  • Queen’s was ranked 3rd out of 199 universities worldwide and 2nd out of 44 UK universities for our Graduate School
  • In the complete University Guide 2020, Anthropology was ranked
    Research Quality – 4th for Anthropology.
    Research Intensity – 8th in the UK for Anthropology.

Course content

Research Information

Research Success
Our regional interests include Ireland, the British Isles, Europe, Africa, South Asia, South East Asia, Japan, the Caribbean, Latin America, Melanesia and Australia. We offer supervision in a wide range of topics, including:
•Anthropology and Philosophy
•Aspects of Social and Economic Change
•Borders, Migration and Transnationalism
•Conflict Transformation and Human Rights
•Emotions and The Senses
•Gender, Kinship and Marriage
•Human/Animal Relations and Environmentalism
•Identity, Ethnicity and Nationalism
•Symbols and Rituals
•Music, Popular Culture and Tourism
•New Religions and Political Movements
•Performance, Art and Material Culture
•Public Policy

Career Prospects

Introduction
Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally. For further information on career development opportunities at PhD level please contact the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Career Development Team on ahssdevoffice@qub.ac.uk / +44 28 9097 5175 Development Officers Cathy Wilson and Aileen Carson will be happy to provide further information on your research area career prospects.
http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/sgc/careers/

People teaching you

Prof Dominic Bryan
Professor
HAPP
Professor Dominic Bryan’s work focuses on power and public space. He is interested in how identity is expressed through rituals and symbols and how these activities bond social groups and create conflict. His work looks specifically at peace and conflict in Northern Ireland. Tel: 028 9097 3232 Email: d.bryan@qub.ac.uk WWW: www.qub.ac.uk/happ/

Learning Outcomes

Course structure

The PhD programme is designed to provide training in the methods of independent research and will provide the student with a professional credential at the highest level. The research normally will be based upon an analysis of original field research materials.

Entrance requirements

Graduate
The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics.

International Students

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last 2 years).

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

Tuition Fees

Northern Ireland (NI) 1 £4,500
Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2 £4,500
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1 £4,500
EU Other 3 £17,460
International £17,460

1 EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled or pre-settled status, are expected to be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly Student Fees Regulations. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB are expected to be charged the GB fee, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.

2 It is expected that EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI will be eligible for NI tuition fees, in line with the Common Travel Agreement arrangements. The tuition fee set out above is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.

3 EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) are charged tuition fees in line with international fees.

All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2021-22, and relate to a single year of study unless stated otherwise. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

Anthropological Studies costs

There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.

Additional course costs

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may also be other extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies . Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £100 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen. There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, and library fines. In undertaking a research project students may incur costs associated with transport and/or materials, and there will also be additional costs for printing and binding the thesis. There may also be individually tailored research project expenses and students should consult directly with the School for further information.

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