Fully-funded PhD Studentship: 'Local Forms of Civil Society in Societies in Transition'

PhD Studentship: WISERD Civil Society

Closing date: 29th May 2015

Funding amount: Full UK/EU fees, plus stipend

Duration: 3 Years

Applications are invited for a full-time PhD studentship, funded by WISERD within the School of Social Sciences at Bangor University, beginning 1st October 2015.

Project title: Local Forms of Civil Society in Societies in Transition

The concept of civil society has emerged in the early 21st century as a contested term but one that broadly signifies a realm of dialogue and human relations that is connected to, but separate from, the state, markets and private life. An important gap in our knowledge is the impact of social change on local forms of civil society and civil society organisations and what this means for social cohesion and well-being. Of particular interest is how civil society is developing in the context of rapid modernization, the aftermath of conflicts, or where individuals are confronted by economic crisis, institutional turbulence and growing inequality. The project will explore how individuals, communities, and civil society organisations respond to these forces. It is particularly well suited to empirical research at local and regional levels in contexts of rapid development, nation-building, devolved government and new political regimes. The project is open to comparative and multi-method research.

The project will be based in the School of Social Sciences, Bangor University, and tied to Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD)/Civil Society Research Centre. For more information on WISERD see their website.

Supervisors: Professor Howard Davis and Dr Robin Mann.


Studentship is generously funded by the School of Social Sciences/WISERD. It consists of full UK/EU fees, as well as a doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum (£14,167 p.a. for 2014/15, updated each year).

Additional funding of £750 p.a. is available in the form of a Research & Training grant.


Candidates should have an excellent academic background in the social sciences, holding a 1st or upper 2nd class undergraduate degree and also a Masters degree (preferably an ESRC recognised Masters or an equivalent background in research training). Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements.

How to Apply

Applicants must complete and submit the following documentation by the deadline of 29 May 2015:

Covering letter and CV - Please send in a Covering Letter outlining what makes you a suitable candidate (this should cover what skills/knowledge you bring to the project and what aspects you find particularly interesting). This should be no more than 2 pages. You will need to submit a CV with this.

An application form – Please completed the online Bangor University Application Form for Admission to Postgraduate Study (Found here).

A 1,000 word research proposal - Applicants should provide this in a separate word document.

Personal statement – the ‘personal statement’ section of the application form should be used to complement the information given in the covering letter and talk more about their background and interest in postgraduate study.

If you have any queries about the application process, please contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office:

E-mail:  postgraduate@bangor.ac.uk
Tel:  (01248) 383762

Further information

Informal enquiries about the project are welcome and should be directed to Professor Howard Davis (h.h.davis@bangor.ac.uk; +44 (0)1248 382123) or Dr Robin Mann (r.mann@bangor.ac.uk; +44 (0)1248 382232)

Publication date: 14 April 2015