Cranfield School of Management’s Sustainability Group is seeking applications for a PhD scholar to join the team in September 2019.
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Cranfield School of Management’s Sustainability Group is seeking applications for a PhD scholar to join the team in September 2019. The Group creates modular sustainability-related content for use within the School of Management and across the university, and acts as a focal point for collaboration between School of Management Groups and the rest of the University on topics relating to business sustainability.

The successful applicant will undertake doctoral research in one of the following research strands:

  • Partnership for sustainable innovation
  • Social and sustainable entrepreneurship
  • Education for business sustainability
  • Marketing practice in purpose-led organizations
  • Changing consumer behaviour at scale

They would be expected to submit at least two high quality academic papers during the course of the PhD, as well as undertaking duties (one day a week on average) which support the delivery of the Group’s strategy, including teaching, facilitating workshops, organizing speaker events, producing online learning materials and later in their PhD, supervising MSc students and marking their assignments.

At a glance

  • Application deadline30 Jun 2019
  • Award type(s)PhD
  • Start dateAs soon as possible
  • Duration of award3 years
  • EligibilityUK, EU, Rest of World
  • Reference numberSOM0003


1st Supervisor: Dr Rosina Watson
2nd Supervisor: TBC

Entry requirements

The ideal candidate would have experience in a sustainability-related role in industry, or the public sector, as well as experience of teaching in an academic context, or of training and/or communications in the private sector. This experience would enable them to take on their fully-funded studentship responsibilities from an early stage as well as progressing at pace with their PhD research and publications. The right candidate could quickly become an integral part of the Group, gaining experience and developing capabilities relating to many aspects of a future academic role, enabling an easier transition into an academic role post PhD.

It is preferable that applicants have a Master’s degree in addition to a first or second class Bachelor’s degree. However, relevant senior level industry experience in may be considered as equivalent to a Master’s degree in exceptional cases.


Sponsored by Cranfield School of Management, this fully-funded studentship will provide a bursary of up to £15,009 (tax free) plus course fees for three years.

Cranfield Doctoral Network

Research students at Cranfield benefit from being part of a dynamic, focused and professional study environment and all become valued members of the Cranfield Doctoral Network. This network brings together both research students and staff, providing a platform for our researchers to share ideas and collaborate in a multi-disciplinary environment. It aims to encourage an effective and vibrant research culture, founded upon the diversity of activities and knowledge. A tailored programme of seminars and events, alongside our Doctoral Researchers Core Development programme (transferable skills training), provide those studying a research degree with a wealth of social and networking opportunities.

How to apply

For further information please contact: 

Dr Rosina Watson
T: (0) 1234 750111 Ext: 8127 

If you are eligible to apply for this studentship, please complete the online application form making sure to quote reference number SOM0003 within your application.