Posted on: 13 June, 2019
Application deadline: June 30, 2019

3 Fully funded PhD studentships: European Research Council (ERC) Project, GLOBALMUN: Global Remunicipalisation and the Post-Neoliberal Turn, University of Glasgow, UK

3 fully funded (3 year) PhD studentships are available as part of the above project to conduct case study research into the remunicipalisation phenomenon: an accelerating trend since 2000 for cities and towns to take back public assets and services from formerly privatised enterprises.

The broader project is undertaking a transnational comparative study investigating remunicipalisation as a global process and involves partner organisations in Argentina, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the US.

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 single site, detailed ethnographic research of individual cases of remunicipalisation. The successful candidates will be part of the broader project team, including the PI, co-investigators, two postdoctoral research fellows and non-academic partners.

Position requirements

Applicants are invited from any relevant social science discipline and will be expected to have the following:

  • An undergraduate degree at 2:1 or better in a relevant social science discipline.
  • A Master’s degree in a relevant social science at merit level or equivalent;
  • Research methods training include completion of specialist module at postgraduate level;
  • Completion to a high standard (2:1 or merit at postgraduate) of a qualitative-based research dissertation or equivalent experience
  • Fieldwork experience would be considered an advantage.

For the German-sited studentship, applicants should have a good working knowledge (and preferably fluent) of German.

For the Argentina-sited studentship, applicants should be fluent in Spanish.

Further details

The studentships will be hosted in the Adam Smith Business School at the University of Glasgow, under the overall supervision of the project Principal Investigator, Andrew Cumbers, Professor of Regional Political Economy. The Argentina-sited studentship will be under the joint supervision of Dr Mo Hume, Senior Lecturer in Politics.

The studentships will start on 1st January 2020 and will be advertised through the official University of Glasgow job portal shortly.

For further details or to register interest, please contact Professor Andrew Cumbers at or 44 + (0)141 3302291.