The Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield is offering a PhD research opportunity in animals and social justice, in partnership with the Centre for Animals and Social Justice (CASJ). This will give an outstanding social sciences Master’s graduate the opportunity to pursue research around the political representation of animals in general (UK-focused), or one of the specific animal policy areas of: agriculture, science, captivity (e.g. zoos, circuses) and wildlife.
The CASJ offers support in the form of supervision, access to data and access to key stakeholders, depending on the research question and methods. The student will be expected to devote a proportion of their time (40 hours per quarter) to the CASJ’s research and policy engagement work. This will involve activities such as helping to organise and participate in a number of high profile seminars arranged by the CASJ, providing the student with the opportunity to present papers / posters, lead debates, chair workshops, and enabling the student to access support and ideas from a wide range of students, researchers and leading NGOs. This collaboration with the CASJ will enable staff and postgraduates to share ideas and will ensure research is used for advocacy with the aim of enhancing the impact of animal protection values on politics, for example by disseminating findings widely and engaging with policy-makers. The studentship is tenable for three years from September 2013 and will be based at the Department of Politics, under the supervision of Dr Alasdair Cochrane. The studentship will cover the cost of UK/EU tuition fees and provide an annual maintenance stipend at the standard UK Research council rate (£13,590 in 2012-13). Applicants for the studentship should made via: http://www.shef.ac.uk/politics/prospectivepg/research/apply indicating that they wish to be considered for the animals and social justice studentship. For more information on the Department of Politics and the Centre for Animals and Social Justice, please see: http://www.shef.ac.uk/politics http://www.casj.org.uk/ Closing date for applications: Friday 31st May 2013