PhD Scholarship, Southampton Business School

Southampton, United Kingdom
£15,009 (£1,250.75 per month) for 3 years
Friday, 7 May 2021
End of advertisement period
Monday, 31 May 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

HR Management & Organisational Behaviour

Location:  Highfield Campus
Closing Date:  Monday 31 May 2021
Reference:  1370621TR

Department of HRM & OB 

PhD studentship in the Future of Work

PhD Studentship in Diversity and Inequalities at Work & Organisations

Southampton Business School has an ambitious quality driven strategy of growth, which will see us strengthen our position as a world-class business school in research, education and enterprise. To enable world-leading research and generate knowledge that is recognised in the global academic community, we are seeking to award full PhD scholarships to outstanding candidates in a number of disciplines as outlined below to play crucial roles in the School achieving its vision of transforming business and society for the better.

As part of a world-renowned Top 100 QS ranked Russell Group University with a global reputation for academic excellence, our interdisciplinary research coalesces around multiple research centres which enables us to develop exciting, innovative and rewarding projects that address global challenges and change the world for the better. As a member of the Faculty Graduate School, the Southampton Business School’s postgraduate research students are a highly valued part of our community, and are integral to the continued success of the Business School and of the University as a whole. Our PhD programme has been awarded +3 recognition for full-time students by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and has also received research studentships from ESRC and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for its doctoral programme. We offer a stimulating, challenging and dynamic research environment for our PhD students. 

 HRM & OB at Southampton Business School is a multidisciplinary department comprising economists, sociologists and management and organization scholars that together offer leading edge research in the fields of business ethics, corporate social responsibility, sustainable behaviour/practice,  employee relations, workforce diversity & inequalities, gig work, careers, technologies and workplace innovation, work and well-being, new global economies, work/non-work interface, new ways of working, labour market and workplace institutions, social and solidarity economy and alternative forms of organising. 

As part of the University of Southampton – a top 100 university (QS & U.S. News world rankings) and a founding member of the Russell Group – the Centre for Research in Work and Organizations (CRWO) enjoys a global reputation for academic excellence in research and teaching. HRM & OB members conduct world-class research and publish regularly in leading academic outlets, such as Organization Studies, Human Relations, Gender, Work & Organization, British Journal of Management, International Journal of Management Reviews, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Management Inquiry and Work, Employment and Society. 

For this scholarship, we welcome PhD project proposals from candidates with an interest in HRM/OB and Organizations Studies. The successful candidate is free to study the topic of his/her interest. However, we particularly welcome proposals from candidates with an interest in: 

  • The Future of Work (New ways of work, gig economy, employment relationship, leadership, labour market institutions and the comparative outcomes of people, organizations and/or countries, work-life balance & wellbeing, digital transformation, work-non-work interface, gender in organizations, careers, diversity, inclusion and inequalities at work & organisations).
  • Ethics, CSR and Responsible Organising (Democratizing work organizations, co-operative forms of work, inequalities, social economy & social change, ethical leadership, sustainable HRM, political CSR, degrowth, sustainable organizing, grand challenges & social sustainability). 

The Department has a very active PhD programme, and your research study will be supervised by leading international scholars. 

For an informal discussion, please contact:  Professor Maria Daskalaki (Head of Department):

The scholarships consist of full tuition fees and annual stipend of £15,009 (£1,250.75 per month) for 3 years, which are open to both UK/EU and international/overseas students. Ideal candidates will possess bachelor’s degree with first class and master’s degree with distinction or equivalent in any of our broad disciplines of business and management. Candidates will also need to meet our standard admission requirements for PhD students in addition to a strong research proposal.

Successful applicants will be expected to start on September 2021. Please submit your application latest by 31st May here: You should indicate clearly the specific subject area you apply for on the application form.

If you have any general queries, please contact the PhD Director, Dr Pingli Li, e-mail: and Telephone: +44 (0) 238 059 1389.  For any subject specific queries, please contact the respective Head of Department.