Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Fully-funded PhD opportunity at Newport Social Ethics Research Group‏

PhD Research Stipend

£13,290 p.a. + tuition fees waiver (full time, 3 years)

Closing date for applications: 24 March 2010

An exciting opportunity for postgraduate research has arisen within the Social Ethics Research Group at the University of Wales, Newport. The successful candidate will undertake a PhD and participate in the RESPECT Project, an international and interdisciplinary research programme funded through the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme. We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic and motivated individual with a strong interest in contemporary academic debates about respect, tolerance, equality and diversity, and their application to issues of pressing social and political concern.

The research will focus on the role of tolerance and equal respect in relation to policies for the distribution of public spaces in culturally diverse societies. As a postgraduate researcher you will be involved in extensive international liaison with partners in China, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Russia, and Slovenia. This will include the attendance of workshops and conferences at collaborating institutions, and the possibility of single-authored and/or co-authored publications. The successful candidate will therefore have excellent communication and organisation skills, experience of undertaking research in a relevant discipline and, as a minimum, hold an undergraduate degree in any relevant discipline: philosophy (esp. applied ethics, and political philosophy), law, sociology, politics, social policy, or related fields across the humanities and social sciences. The ability to combine theoretical and empirical research approaches would be ideally suited to the aims of the RESPECT Project.

To apply email a CV, a covering letter and the contact details of two referees to serg@newport.ac.uk
Short-listed candidates will be asked for a sample of written work and invited for an on-campus interview. Interviews will be held in mid-April.

Closing date for applications: Wednesday, 24th March 2010 Start date: 1 June 2010 (negotiable)

For informal inquiries please email enzo.rossi@newport.ac.uk or serg@newport.ac.uk


The Newport Social Ethics Research Group (SERG) combines research and teaching in a range of fields in the social domain, with special emphasis on political, social and ethical theory – and on the points of intersection between these areas. At the heart of the Group’s concerns is the aim of bringing theoretical debates and developments to bear on contemporary social trends, policies and controversies. To achieve those aims members of SERG pursue individual research as well as collaborative research projects funded by external bodies such as the AHRC, ESRC, HEFCW, and the European Commission. The Group's new MA programme in Social Ethics and Public Advocacy constitutes a further step in the direction of effective integration of theory, policy, and practice.

Current SERG members:

- Prof. Phillip Cole (Professor of Applied Philosophy, Associate Dean for Research & Enterprise)

- Prof. Steve Smith (Professor of Political Philosophy and Social Policy)

- Dr Gideon Calder (Reader in Ethics and Social Philosophy, SERG Director)

- Dr Marit Hovdal Moan (Leverhulme Visiting Research Fellow)

- Dr Enzo Rossi (Research Fellow in Social Ethics)

- Mr Mark Reardon (PhD student)

- Ms Maria Nunan (PhD student)

For more information visit serg.newport.ac.uk
The RESPECT Research Project is funded by the European Commission under Framework Programme 7.

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