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ERC JUST TOUR PhD Scholarships

ERC JUST TOUR PhD Scholarships: Tourism development, spatial justice, policy and political stakeholders

Information on the School/Research Group

As part of this Full-Time PhD you will be based in the University of Glasgow Tourism Studies Group, within the School of Social and Environmental Sustainability. The Tourism Studies Group promotes research and debate about the contemporary challenges posed by the analysis of tourism as a socio-economic phenomenon. The ultimate goal of the Group’s work is to inform the sustainable practice of tourism management, through world-leading interdisciplinary research. The School of Social and Environmental Sustainability is based on UofG’s Dumfries Campus, in Dumfries and Galloway.

Abstract

Europe is experiencing a tourism crisis. Fixated on capitalist ideals of continued sector growth, informed through elite interests and unequal power relations, tourism development is rendering unprecedented social and environmental pressures on tourism dominant landscapes and communities. And yet, paradoxically, tourism is an established tool for the ‘inclusive’ development of regions; with limited interrogation from policy realms concerning the legacies of tourism development beyond its economic significance.

Tourism’s crisis, in part, stems from a conceptual crisis within tourism research itself, whereby there are a notable lack of conceptual tools that enable critical interrogation of tourism’s injustices as both a lived experience and part of a broader political economy.

JUST-TOUR aims to rectify this conceptual crisis, and thus remedy tourism’s crisis, by developing and launching a spatial justice framework for tourism research. Enacted through an interdisciplinary framework, and explored through case studies (Isle of Skye, UK, Gotland, Sweden and Tenerife, Spain), JUST-TOUR will critically interrogate the injustices of tourism development and seek to determine just solutions to the problem of resident and community rights. 

You will contribute to the outputs of JUST TOUR, most notably by (co-)authoring publications; co-organizing workshops and conferences; presenting your results at international workshops, conferences and as part of the JUST TOUR podcast series; you will be encouraged to become an active member of the JUST TOUR Spatial Justice Network, and contribute to the project’s website and social media accounts.

You will assist the team with administrative and organizational support.

You will, where appropriate, share research data and collaborate with members of the JUST TOUR project team.

As a PhD student on the JUST TOUR project, you will be involved with one of two aspects of the broader overall project:

Document analysis aspect

To examine the interactions between tourism, politics and the economy, the distribution of power between different groups and individuals, and the processes that create, sustain and transform these relationships over time. More specifically, you will undertake a document analysis with key policy, government reports and media documents relating to each study site (Tenerife, Spain; Skye, Scotland; and Gotland, Sweden). The document analysis will analyse policy and government reports to gain foundational insights into the policies themselves, whilst analysis of media documents will begin to determine the broader values, histories and politics that shaped such policies. 

The focus of the PhD is to undertake the above outlined document analysis. However, you will also be encouraged to bring your own ideas to the JUST TOUR project.

You will complete a PhD thesis under the supervision of the JUST TOUR Principal Investigator (PI), Dr Anna de Jong and JUST TOUR research partner Associate Professor Steve Taylor (University of the Highlands and Islands, UK).

Interview aspect

To examine the interactions between tourism, politics and the economy, the distribution of power between different groups and individuals, and the processes that create, sustain and transform these relationships over time. More specifically, you will undertake face to face semi-structured interviews with key decision makers within each study site. Semi structured interviews will generate insights into the nuanced cultural contexts, power relations and the ideas and values drawn on, that have influenced policy implementation.

The focus of the PhD is to undertake the above outlined interviews. However, you will also be encouraged to bring your own ideas to the JUST TOUR project.

You will complete a PhD thesis under the supervision of the JUST TOUR Principal Investigator (PI), Dr Anna de Jong and JUST TOUR research partner Associate Professor Annelie Sjölander-Lindqvist (University of Gothenburg, Sweden).

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria

  • Applicants will have a good Masters degree (or overseas equivalent)
  • Applicants will have a demonstratable interest in the topic under investigation.
  • Applicants must be able to commit to undertaking the PhD on a Full-Time basis. Due to the nature of the overall JUST TOUR projects funding, the 2 Scholarships cannot be held on a Part-Time basis
  • Applicants must be willing to undertake travel for project meetings and conference attendance

Desirable:

  • Applicants with experience with political economy, discourse analysis, policy analysis or semi-structured interviews with key decision makers are encouraged to apply
  • Applicants fluent in Swedish and/or Spanish are encouraged to apply

Please note that all applicants must also meet the entry requirements for the Tourism Studies, PhD

Award details

These scholarships are available as full-time +3 (3 year) programmes only. The programmes will commence in October 2024. The funding includes:

  • An annual stipend at the UKRI rate
  • Fees at the standard home rate or International rate
  • Students can also draw on a Research Training Support Grant, usually up to a maximum of £940 per year

Further additional information

The School of Social and Environmental Sustainability is based at the Dumfries Campus. Whilst it will not be a requirement for the student to be based on campus full time, some travel to/attendance at the campus will be required as part of the project.

As this is part of a larger funded project, with this PhD linking in with other aspects of this larger project, part time study would create a number of challenges, therefore the successful applicants must be able to commit to undertaking the PhDs on a full-time basis.

Application process

Applicants must apply via the Scholarships Application Portal, (please see Scholarships Application Portal - Applicant Guide for more information)uploading the following documentation:

  • ERC JUST TOUR PhD Scholarship application form (in Word format)
  • Academic transcripts (All relevant Undergraduate and Master’s level degree transcripts (and translations, if not originally in English) – provisional transcripts are sufficient if you are yet to complete your degree).
  • Contact details for two referees (where possible your referees should include an academic familiar with your work. Both referees can be academics but you may include a work referee, especially if you have been out of academia for more than 5 years). Please note, a CoSS PGR Funding Reference template will be sent to your referees for completion)*.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) (academic where applicable).

*Please note that when you enter your referees contact details on the Scholarships Application Portal and send the reference request, your referees are expected to provide their references by the closing date of the Scholarship (below). It is highly recommended you complete this as soon as possible, as late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Closing Date: 29 February 2024

Selection process

Applications will be assessed by the project team. Shortlisted applicants may be requested to attend an Interview.

All scholarship awards are subject to candidates successfully securing admission to a PhD programme in the School of Social and Environmental Sustainability. Successful applicants will be invited to apply for admission to the relevant PhD programme after they are selected for funding.

Key contact

Dr Anna de Jong (Anna.dejong@glasgow.ac.uk)

School of Social & Political Sciences PhD Scholarships

School of Social & Political Sciences PhD Scholarships

Information on the School/Research Group

The University of Glasgow, founded in 1451, is one of Scotland’s ancient universities and the 4th oldest university in the English-speaking world. Today, the University’s School of Social and Political Sciences (SPS) is a vibrant and cosmopolitan centre for world-leading social scientific scholarship, recognized by the 2021 Research Excellence Framework as having 90% or more of its research as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in terms of its originality, significance and rigour. The School is a leading centre of interdisciplinary social science, bringing together research, innovation and student education to tackle the key social and political challenges of our time.

Further information about the University of Glasgow’s School of Social and Political Sciences can be found at https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/socialpolitical/ and https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/socialpolitical/research/   

Abstract

The School of Social and Political Sciences invites applications for three funded PhD scholarships for doctoral research (1 international and 2 home scholarships). An International scholarship will be awarded to a candidate from a country or territory listed as either 'Least Developed, Low Income or Lower Middle Income' by the OECD and two Home scholarships to be awarded to UK Widening Participation candidates.

Eligibility

The scholarships are open to anyone who, by September 2024, will hold an honours degree in the social sciences. A Master’s degree (or overseas equivalent) may be an advantage but not essential.

Applicants must have a minimum of an upper second-class honours undergraduate degree (or overseas equivalent), which should include evidence of at least some performance at first-class level (or overseas equivalent). Applicants without a Master’s degree (completed or in progress) must either have achieved (or be predicted to achieve) a first-class honours (or ‘distinction’) degree classification in their undergraduate degree (or overseas equivalent).

Please note that all applicants must also meet the eligibility criteria of the Research Opportunity they intend to undertake. Research Opportunity eligibility information can be found here: https://www.gla.ac.uk/postgraduate/research/

Award details

The scholarships will provide funding for 3.5 years of research towards a PhD in the School of Social and Political Sciences. The programme will commence in October 2024. The full scholarship package includes:

  • An annual stipend at the UKRI rate
  • Fees at the standard home rate or international rate
  • Students can also draw on a Research Training Support Grant, usually up to a maximum of £940 per year
  • Commencement Bursary (single payment at the start of the PhD)

Further information

Applicants must contact potential supervisors for advice before applying; potential supervisors cannot suggest a topic but may be able to advise on the feasibility of - and suggest potential refinements to - a proposed area of study. 

You can start to search for potential supervisors using the University's Staff research interests search, and the School of Social & Political Sciences' Our Staff webpage 

Application process

Applicants must apply via the Scholarships Application Portal (please see Scholarships Application Portal - Applicant Guide for more information), uploading the following documentation:

  • SPS PhD Scholarship application form (which includes a lay summary, section on preparedeness and your research proposal)
  • Academic transcripts (All relevant Undergraduate and Master’s level degree transcripts (and translations, if not originally in English) – provisional transcripts are sufficient if you are yet to complete your degree). Please see Scholarships Application Portal - Applicant Guide for more information.
  • Contact details for two referees (where possible your referees should include an academic familiar with your work - they can be, but do not have to be, a member of your proposed supervisory team. Both referees can be academics but you may include a work referee, especially if you have been out of academia for more than 5 years). Please note, a CoSS PGR Funding Reference template will be sent to your referees for completion*
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) (academic where applicable).
  • SPS PhD Scholarship Supervisor Statement of Support
  • Demographic eligibility
    • Home applicants will need to upload a Widening Participation Eligibility Declaration
    • International applicants will need to upload proof of citizenship (e.g. passport photo page) of a country or territory listed as 'Least Developed', 'Low Income' or 'Lower Middle Income' by the OECD and proof you have been through the Secondary education system of that country (e.g. Secondary/High School transcript or certificate)

*Please note that when you enter your referees contact details on the Scholarships Application Portal and send the reference request, your referrees are expected to provide their references by the closing date of the Scholarship (below). It is highly recommended you complete this as soon as possible, as late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Closing Date: 15 March 2024

Selection process

Applications will be assessed by a selection panel and shortlisted applicants may be asked to attend a remote (online) interview.

All scholarship awards are subject to candidates successfully securing admission to a PhD programme within the School of Social and Political Sciences. Successful applicants will be invited to apply for admission to the relevant PhD programme after they are selected for funding.

Key contact

Professor Naomi Head (Naomi.Head@glasgow.ac.uk)