Scholarship for PhD study in Political Science and Public Policy at Queen’s University Belfast (TRUSTME Project)
Applications are now CLOSED
The School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queen’s University Belfast invites applications for a fully funded Ph.D. position in Political Science and Public Policy on a project on the origins and effects of transparency in politics. The project will be conducted under the supervision of Dr Michele Crepaz as part of an Illuminate Fellowship project team.
The research team led by Dr Michele Crepaz studies the politics of transparency in contemporary democracies. The project includes mapping and categorising contemporary democracies based on the transparency of their political system. It also investigates the origins and effects of transparency reforms on quality of democracy, corruption and political trust.
Transparency is considered as the foundation for accountability in modern democracies and governments and international organizations worldwide take strides in developing regulations to ensure transparency in governance. Yet, political resistance to reform, challenges to implementation and unintended negative effects of transparency currently limit the potential benefits introduced by legislation. More scholarly work is needed to understand origins and effects of transparency reform. The project focuses on a set of transparency policies (not limited to):
• Freedom of information acts
• Open data
• Whistleblowing legislation
• Conflict of interest legislation
• Lobbying regulation
• Campaign finance regulation
• Corporate social responsibility reporting
The project is based on an interdisciplinary approach (in particular, intersections between the social sciences, law, business & management are particularly welcome). Applicants should demonstrate how their specialisation will contribute to the theme of the project.
How to apply:
Potential candidates now invited to submit a CV and 2-page research proposal in which they clearly demonstrate how their research will contribute to the aims of the project. Proposals can address various contexts and cases but a comparative element is an advantage. The methodology should be clearly articulated.
The Ph.D. student will develop a research project linked to Dr Michele Crepaz’s research agenda and will have room to carry out independent research plans. The collaboration between PhD student and the PI has a strong potential to inform policy-making in both national and international government institutions.
Working from Belfast, the Ph.D. student is expected to contribute to collaborative research activities and joint publications, as well as be actively involved in dissemination and outreach activities. Participation in the project requires international travel.
About Dr Michele Crepaz (the PI of the project): He is a Vice Chancellor Illuminate Fellow in Political Science at Queen's University Belfast. His research focuses on the study of interest groups, lobbying and the politics of transparency in Europe and the EU. He is an affiliated scholar at Brussels-based NGO The Good Lobby (https://www.thegoodlobby.eu/) and has, in the past, worked with the Open Government Partnership in the Republic of Ireland.
To know more about his work, consult his personal page (https://sites.google.com/view/michelecrepazcom)
and publications (https://sites.google.com/view/michelecrepazcom/home/publications).
For more information about the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics please go to https://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/happ/
This project is associated with a 3 year studentship. It is subject to the eligibility criteria set out by the Department for the Economy (https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/department-economy-studentships).
This includes payment of UK level doctoral fees, and a maintenance stipend – currently £15,285 per year. Please note that as per DfE’s eligibility criteria, the following applies:
Applicants must have been resident in the United Kingdom for the full three year period before the first day of the first academic year of the course.
If you are an EU national with ‘pre-settled’ or ‘settled’ status under the EU Settlement Scheme you may be eligible for a tuition fee only award if you don’t have three full years residency in the UK but you have been resident in the area comprising the UK, Gibraltar, European Economic Area or Switzerland throughout the three year period immediately preceding the date you make your application for an award. ROI nationals are not required to have applied to the EU Settlement Scheme. More information available at: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/department-economy-studentships
Dr Michele Crepaz
Dr Michele Crepaz's research interests lie at the intersection between comparative politics and public policy.
Research and education in the School are driven by a concern to encourage innovative and critically incisive ways of thinking about a wide range of problems we encounter as citizens and as human beings.
The subjects we research in the School all contribute to the scholarly investigation of these challenges. The School is proud to be part of the driving force in Northern Ireland’s cultural, political and intellectual renaissance.
We pride ourselves on our global outlook within the School. This is reflected in our wide range of international partners and in the diverse nationalities represented across the staff and student bodies. The School hosts international visitors and speakers throughout each academic year and students benefit from the wide range of national and international topics being discussed and researched within the school.
About the Programme
The aim of the programme is to produce students who are fully-fledged independent researchers, and students are from the outset given encouragement to disseminate their work at seminars and conferences and by publishing in high-quality locations. The programme culminates in the submission of an 80,000-word dissertation.
The School has a strong international reputation for innovative research, across a wide range of specialist research strengths:
• Political parties, elections, and deliberative democracy
•Governance and Public Policy, with a particular emphasis on European Union politics, international political economy, gender studies, governance.
• Contemporary Irish Political History
•Security, Terrorism and International Relations.
•Political Theory: contemporary republicanism, ethics of work, recognition, toleration, freedom of expression, Critical Theory, emotions and politics, green political thought.
In each of these, important and pioneering work has been published by members of staff and major projects of research are ongoing. In addition, the School is committed to the supervision of high-quality research students in all areas.
NINE DTP – Northern Ireland and North East Doctoral Training Partnership. Please see: https://www.ninedtp.ac.uk/ for further details.
Northern Bridge DTP – Northern Bridge Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership.
Please see: http://www.northernbridge.ac.uk/ for further details
DfE Studentship – Department for the Economy Postgraduate Studentship scheme
Please see: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/department-economy-postgraduate-studentship-scheme for further details.
Further PhD opportunities are available through the LINAS Doctoral Training Programme.
Please see https://www.qub.ac.uk/Research/GRI/mitchell-institute/Study/linas/Projects/ for more details
The Political Theory/Philosophy weekly research workshop for staff and students
The Political Studies and International Relations seminar for staff and students
Mode of study/duration
Registration is on a full-time or part-time basis, under the direction of a supervisory team appointed by the University. You will be expected to submit your thesis at the end of three years of full-time registration for PhD, or two years for MPhil (or part-time equivalent).
We provide a challenging intellectual atmosphere for our postgraduates. You’ll see our thriving research culture yourself, through visits and talks, conferences and workshops, reading groups and the staff seminar series.
Our PhD student body reflects a growing and diverse global community giving you near unrivalled opportunities to make new friends, debate aspects of your research with a substantial peer group, and begin making those networks that will stand you in good stead throughout you careers.
You’ll become part of our vibrant postgraduate research culture, focused on areas including contemporary Irish political history, governance and public policy, security, terrorism and international relations, and philosophy and political theory.
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.
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.
Employability is at the heart of the Queen’s curriculum. Key to this is the delivery of a programme that fully equips all of its students to succeed in their careers and give them a competitive edge in the graduate job market. Social science graduates are in demand for their critical thinking skills as they are equipped to question received views and explore new approaches and solutions. Graduates of the School have found success in a wide range of careers including journalism, PR, marketing, policy research, social work, teaching, civil service and government posts.
- With Queen’s being part of the ESRC Northern Ireland and North East Doctoral Training Partnership (“NINE DTP”) and the AHRC Northern Bridge Consortium, there are opportunities for co-supervised doctoral work with staff across several universities across the north of England and Northern Ireland. Further international collaboration is facilitated via the wide range of institutions and partners across the world with whom members of staff and PhD students work.
- Queen’s is ranked in the top 170 in the world for graduate prospects (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022)
Internationally Renowned Experts
- Ours is an excellent department in which to pursue a wide range of postgraduate research projects in close collaboration with academic supervisors, leading to the degree of PhD. Our postgraduate community comprises over 40 part time and full-time research students whose research is facilitated by a range of supportive research centres including:
• The Democracy Group
• Centre for Gender in Politics
• Centre for the Study of Ethnic Conflict
• Centre for Sustainability, Equality and Climate Action
• The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice
- Ranked 14th in the UK for research quality (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022)
- HAPP has a flourishing programme of events, seminars, and research groups complements our postgraduate courses and doctoral supervision.
- Queen’s ranked 17 in the world for international outlook (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022)
- 15% of the Queen’s student population are international students (Queen’s Planning Office, 2022)
- HAPP has a flourishing programme of events, seminars, and research groups complements our postgraduate courses and doctoral supervision.
- Politics was ranked joint 1st in the UK for Research Intensity (Complete University Guide 2021).
- Queen’s is ranked in the top 75 universities in Europe for Teaching Excellent (Times Higher Education, 2019).
- Queen’s is ranked 22nd in the world for international outlook (Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2020).
- Queen’s is ranked in the top 140 in the world for graduate prospects (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020).
Contemporary Irish Political History
Governance and Public Policy, with a particular emphasis on European Union politics, public opinion, gender studies, governance.
Security, Terrorism and International Relations
Philosophy, with a particular emphasis on Applied Ethics, 19th Century European Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Epistemology, Political Philosophy, and the Philosophy of Religion.
Political Theory: contemporary republicanism, ethics of work, recognition, toleration, freedom of expression, Critical Theory, emotions and politics, green political thought.
For further information on career development opportunities at PhD level please contact the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Career Development Team on email@example.com / +44 28 9097 5175 Development Officer: Aileen Carson will be happy to provide further information on your research area career prospects.
People teaching you
Please visit here https://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/happ/subject-area/politics/people/ to see all of our staff profiles and listed research interests. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Course structureYou’ll become part of our vibrant postgraduate research culture, focused on areas including;
• Political parties, elections, and deliberative democracy
• Governance and Public Policy, with a particular emphasis on European Union politics, international political economy, gender studies, governance.
• Contemporary Irish Political History •Security, Terrorism and International Relations.
• Political Theory: contemporary republicanism, ethics of work, recognition, toleration, freedom of expression, Critical Theory, emotions and politics, green political thought.
You’ll see our thriving research culture yourself, through visits and talks, conferences and workshops, reading groups and the staff seminar series.
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.
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.
|Northern Ireland (NI) 1||£4,596|
|Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2||£4,596|
|England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1||£4,596|
|EU Other 3||£18,900|
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. 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.
There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.
Additional course costs
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.
Some research programmes incur an additional annual charge on top of the tuition fees, often referred to as a bench fee. Bench fees are charged when a programme (or a specific project) incurs extra costs such as those involved with specialist laboratory or field work. If you are required to pay bench fees they will be detailed on your offer letter. If you have any questions about Bench Fees these should be raised with your School at the application stage. Please note that, if you are being funded you will need to ensure your sponsor is aware of and has agreed to fund these additional costs before accepting your place.
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