Posted on: 18 September, 2019
Application deadline: October 7, 2019

3 fully funded (3 year) PhD studentships: ERC- GLOBALMUN: Global Remunicipalisation and the Post-Neoliberal Turn, Adam Smith Business School (ASBS), University of Glasgow, Scotland

Information on the University/Department

The PhD studentships will be located in the Political Economy section of the EDPE Research Cluster ( in the Adam Smith Business school, which is convened by Professor Andrew Cumbers. The cluster brings together a number of researchers whose research is concerned with the key processes and actors involved in shaping economic development at local, national and global levels. The cluster combines research interests concerned with local and regional economic development and governance (including work on cities); entrepreneurship research; and alternative economic development practices. The work of the cluster combines contemporary research issues with longer-term perspectives on economic development, using heterodox political economy approaches and incorporating evolutionary and historical approaches.

Project details

3 fully funded (3 year) PhD studentships are available to conduct case study research into the global remunicipalisation phenomenon: an accelerating trend since 2000 for cities and towns to take back public assets and services from formerly privatised enterprises. The studentships are part of a broader European Research Council Advanced Grant – GLOBALMUN: Global Remunicipalisation and the Post-Neoliberal Turn – awarded to Professor Andrew Cumbers of the University of Glasgow’s Adam Smith Business School (ASBS). The research advances the thesis that remunicipalisation represents a critical moment in the demise of neoliberalism, signifying a shift towards a new post-neoliberal urban governance regime. This has fundamental implications for cities in terms of how they are managed, who is involved and who benefits from urban development processes, with the re-introduction of more state-driven and potentially more democratic public forms.

The studentships will be located in the management subject area within the College of Social Sciences, under the supervision of Professor Andrew Cumbers. Each studentship will be based at the University of Glasgow, undertaking fieldwork in one of the project’s case study countries; Argentina, Germany and the United States; and will involve detailed research into the remunicipalisation process. The successful candidates will be part of the broader project team, including the PI, co-investigators, two postdoctoral research fellows and non-academic partners.

The supervision arrangements are as follows:

Argentina-based studentship: Professor Andrew Cumbers + Dr Mo Hume (School of Social and Political Sciences)

German-based studentship: Professor Andrew Cumbers + Dr David Featherstone (School of Geographical and Earth Sciences)

US-based studentship: Professor Andrew Cumbers + Professor Robert McMaster (ASBS)


Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • A good first degree (at least 2:1), preferably with a social science component;
  • Demonstrate an interest in, and knowledge of, urban and/or local development, preferably including issues of governance and democracy;
  • A Master’s degree completed (before starting the PhD) in a relevant social science at merit level or equivalent;
  • Research methods training at a postgraduate level, including a qualitative methods component;
  • Completion to a high standard (2:1 or merit at postgraduate) of a research dissertation or equivalent experience in related field;
  • Relevant fieldwork experience would be considered an advantage;
  • For the German-sited studentship, applicants should have a good working knowledge (preferably fluent) of German;
  • For the Argentina-sited studentship, applicants should have a good working knowledge (preferably fluent) of Spanish.

Award details

The studentships are available as a three year ‘+3 ‘(PhD only). The programme will commence in January 2020.  It includes

  • An annual maintenance grant at the RCUK rate (2019/20 rate £15,009 full-time).
  • Fees at the standard Home/EU or International rate.
  • Students can also draw on a Research Training Support Grant (RTSG), usually up to a maximum of £750 per year.

Application process

All applicants should complete and collate the following documentation, and then attach to a single email and send to with the subject line ‘ERC PhD Studentship – GLOBALMUN

  • College of Social Sciences funding application cover sheet
  • Academic transcript(s): Final and current degree transcripts including grades and degree certificates (and an official translation, if needed) – scanned copy in colour of the original document/s
  • Degree Certificate(s) and an official translation, if needed – scanned copy in colour of the original document/s 
  • References: 2 references on headed paper (academic and/or professional) – one must be academic, the other can be academic or professional. If required, these can be sent from your referees directly to, with your full name and the CoSS scholarship title to which you are applying as the subject
  • Curiculum Vitae (CV)
  • Research Proposal along the themes of the project defined above
  • Cover letter detailing the following:
    1. Your research interests.
    2. A detailed course description of your Master’s research training
    3. Details of any other relevant training and skills you have.
    4. Your long-term career goals.
    5. short statement (max 1,000 words) explaining how the above fit with, and can add to, the research project.

The cover letter should be a single document with the file named as follows *Yourname_Cumbers_ASBS_ERCPhDStudentship_Date*

Applicants lodge their application via email:

Closing Date: 07 October 2019

Selection process

Applications will be assessed by a selection panel and applicants will be notified if they have been shortlisted for interview by 15 October 2019.

All scholarship awards are subject to candidates successfully securing admission to a PhD programme within the Adam Smith Business School.  Successful scholarship applicants will be invited to apply for admission to the relevant PhD programme after they are selected for funding.

Key contact

For further enquiries, please contact Professor Andrew Cumbers: +44 141 330 2291 or