The ICC wishes to appoint two three-year PhD studentships; the intention is that they will be supervised by staff from both universities and will be based in the ICC. One will be registered with the University of Liverpool and one with Liverpool John Moores University; the appointments process for both studentships will be identical.
The intention is for the studentships to run from September 2012, and will include fees and a stipend of £13,590 p.a. for a three-year period, subject to successful registration and satisfactory progress.
The areas of research which candidates are invited to submit proposals for are:
- Cultural intervention and regeneration
- Cultural heritage and regeneration
- Culture and health, including mental health
- Local Media: its role and impact
When applying to one of the above themes, please be mindful of the lead research organisation and its particular research profile.
Cultural Intervention and regeneration (Led by Liverpool John Moores University)
Building upon the Impacts 08 research programme – http://www.liv.ac.uk/impacts08/ – the ICC is now committed to advancing the culture-led regeneration research field and knowledge base by considering in greater detail the longer-term relevance, sustainability and socio-economic impact of cultural initiatives, interventions and policy decisions. These may include for example large-scale mega-events, festivals and titles that attract national and international attention, and grass-roots local activities, everyday cultural practices and experiences. From a socio-economic perspective we are particularly interested in exploring the impact of collective cultural activity (across sectors, organisations and communities) upon resource sharing, decision-making and economic resilience. To be consistent with Impacts 08 and other research activities being undertaken by the ICC team, we would welcome proposals that consider the ‘cultural city’ as a research site (including the situated contexts and motivations that influence cultural activities and their impact) and include a comparative dimension that explores issues around transferability, replicability and cultural policy implications.
Cultural heritage and regeneration (Led by University of Liverpool)
The Institute of Cultural Capital engages with the opportunities and risks of economic and cultural regeneration and urban development. We invite applications that explore regeneration and urban development in the context of contemporary challenges and technologies. The preference in terms of discipline field is for someone with experience of Architecture, Planning, Urban Design or closely related areas. Knowledge of design principles, regulation, current issues in the built environment would be preferred. Experience in working with digital technologies applied to this field of interest would be an advantage. Examples of potential projects include: development in heritage contexts; city digital modelling of the historic and the contemporary; new media and social engagement; narrative, memory and landscapes; sustainable cities and cultural sustainability; film and cities; archive and heritage; community involvement in urban planning.
Culture and health, including mental health (Led by University of Liverpool)
The Institute of Cultural Capital recognizes the vital role that culture and creativity can play in improving the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. The discipline is an open field and we are looking for top-class graduates with an interest in how humanities or the creative sector can engage with broadly understood health agendas. Examples of potential projects include: the role and impact of particular community arts practices on health and wellbeing; the role of cultural institutions in enhancing well-being and health; the therapeutic role of music in relation to mental health; reading and therapy; the social, ethical and legal impact of personalised medicine; clinical models of health; therapeutic role of green spaces and the therapeutic impact of ‘waiting’ spaces in hospitals.
Local media: its role and impact (Led by Liverpool John Moores University)
The Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) published A New Framework for Local TV in the UK in July 2011, which sets out plans for the commissioning of up to 20 local TV services in ‘pioneer’ locations including Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle (expected to be licensed in 2012 and fully operational by 2015). In political terms, the initiative is framed as part of a wider ‘localisation’ agenda, mirroring for example constitutional reforms to local government, as in the case of directly elected mayors, with local TV presented as the most relevant platform to scrutinise their performance. In this context, various forms of local media, including radio, newspapers, websites and regional TV news, are perceived as having high ‘democratic value’. As part of its developing ‘Cultural Communications and Media’ research strand, the ICC is interested in mapping the development of local TV as a cultural intermediary, considering its relationship with and impact upon the communities it serves. Cultural intermediaries have been described and studied as a ‘go-between’ for different cultural groups, acting as a translator; a professional group that acts as a social mediator between ‘legitimate’ culture and mass audiences; or any group involved in cultural work and production. Local TV creates the opportunity to research the symbiotic roles of cultural and democratic intermediation, including its impact upon knowledge of and engagement with the democratic process. Research proposals may also consider for example the relationship between professional impartiality and true local representation; content co-production and community participation; contribution to civic identity and the politics of place; the public service remit and relationship with local service providers.
Eligibility: Applicants should hold a minimum of a UK Honours Degree at 2:1 level or equivalent; a master’s degree in a relevant area might be advantageous. Overseas equivalent degrees from a recognised University will be appropriate.
How to apply: Applicants should apply by letter via post or e-mail and include a comprehensive curriculum vitae indicating relevant research experience to Dr Kerry Wilson at the ICC – email@example.com
Dr Kerry Wilson
Institute of Cultural Capital
c/o Liverpool John Moores University
John Foster Building
The letter should provide a two-page statement of interest in a research proposal, including project title, relevant to one of the above themes. You must include full home address and all contact details, including telephone numbers and supporting documents (e.g. copy of degree certificates, transcripts, certified translated documents for overseas students), proof of English Language knowledge for overseas applicants only: minimum IELTS score is 6.5.
You should supply the names of two referees who can be contacted with regard to your application from independent and verifiable e-mail addresses.
Application Deadline: 31st July 2012
Further Enquiries: In the first instance please contact Dr Kerry Wilson at the ICC for enquiries for themes led by LJMU( firstname.lastname@example.org ) and to Dr Jenny Rivers at University of Liverpool for themes led by UOL (email@example.com).
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