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Date: 2016-12-07
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Subject: Up to ten MA and PhD fellowships in Comparative Politics at the University of Victoria



Up to ten MA and PhD fellowships in Comparative Politics at the University of Victoria 

 

The Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria (UVic) BC Canada, has several newly created, project-funded Ph.D fellowship  for doctoral students and MA opportunities beginning in September 2017 in addition to the regular PhD fellowships offered to the usual fellowships offered to PhD candidates. Up to ten graduate positions in subject areas related to Comparative Politics are available. PhD students will be funded through a combination of fellowships, research assistance, and teaching assistance, to a value of $20,000/year for four years. A fifth year of funding is possible and will be contingent on performance.

 

In coming to the Department of Political Science at UVic, doctoral students will be joining a vibrant PhD program based in a Department that values excellence in research and teaching. In addition to regular teaching assistant training and support, students will have other opportunities for professional development, such as research training, support for conference presentations and workshop participation, and field research support. 

 

Interested students should read through the specific subject area opportunities below to see if they qualify, and if their proposed research interests fit with one of these fellowships. Students are strongly encouraged to contact the relevant supervisors in advance of the application deadline. The deadline for full consideration for the program is 15 December 2016 for international students and 15 January 2017 for applicants by Canadians and Canadian Permanent Residents.

 

Comparative politics of the Euro Crisis

 

One or two Postgraduate Scholarships (one at the MA level and one at the Ph.D. level) are available in the Department of Political Science to work on a project headed by Dr. Amy Verdun examining the politics of the euro crisis; specifically, the creation of new EU institutions related to addressing the euro crisis and their impact on EU member states. It is intended that students will deal with a portion of the member state cases in the study under the supervision of Dr. Verdun also with support from a Postdoctoral fellow, Dr Valerie D’Erman, who is already working on this project. This investigation will form the basis for their MA/ Ph.D. dissertations. Successful PhD applicants will be funded for at least one research trip to Europe during the period of study. In coming to the Department of Political Science at UVIC, doctoral students will be joining a vibrant PhD program based in a Department that values excellence in research and teaching. In addition to regular teaching assistant training and support, students will have other opportunities for professional development, such as research training, support for conference presentations and workshop participation, and field research support. Students also have many opportunities to participate in the activities of the UVic’s European Union (EU) Centre of Excellence http://www.uvic.ca/interdisciplinary/europe/euce/and the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence with its three Jean Monnet Chairs. Applicants must apply for the Ph.D. or MA program in the Department of Political Science and indicate their interest in working on this project. Informal enquiries should be made to Dr. Amy Verdun: averdun@uvic.ca

 

 

Big Data Surveillance

 

Two Postgraduate Scholarships at the PhD level (beginning September 2017) are available in the Department of Political Science to work on a project, funded through a SSHRC Partnership Grant, on “Big Data Surveillance” under the supervision of Dr Colin Bennett. The project is a broad interdisciplinary and comparative analysis of the development and impact of big data analytics in many domains: security, consumer, welfare, electoral, intelligence, employment and others. The project is coordinated through the Surveillance Studies Centre at Queens University. Students with theoretical and empirical interest in surveillance studies, information and communications technology and politics, the politics of the Internet, security and intelligence, and privacy and civil liberties in Canada and internationally are encouraged to apply. Students able to assist with Dr Colin Bennet’s project on voter surveillance are particularly encouraged to apply. Students will be funded through a combination of fellowship, research assistance, and teaching assistance funds, to a value of $20,000/year for four years. In coming to the Department of Political Science at UVIC, doctoral students will be joining a vibrant PhD program based in a Department that values excellence in research and teaching. In addition to regular teaching assistant training and support, students will have other opportunities for professional development, such as research training, support for conference presentations and workshop participation, and field research support. Students also have many opportunities to participate in the activities of the Pacific Center for Technology and Culture: www.pactac.net Applicants must apply for the PhD program in the Department of Political Science and indicate an interest in working on this project. The deadline for full consideration for the program is 15 December 2016 for international students and 15 January 2017 for applicants by Canadians and Canadian Permanent Residents. Informal enquiries should be made to Dr. Colin Bennett: cjb@uvic.caAlso see the work of current and prior graduate students at:  www.colinbennett.ca

 

Globalised Apparel Networks in sub-Saharan Africa 

 

Up to three Postgraduate Scholarships (two at the PhD level, and one at the MA level) are available in the Department of Political Science to work on a project, funded through a SSHRC Insight Grant, on employment conditions and regional production networks in the garment industry under the supervision of Dr. Marlea Clarke. The project explores the integration of sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries into globalised apparel networks since the end of the Multi-Fibre Arrangement (MFA); emerging regional production networks and related backward linkages to the cotton and textiles industries; and, labour standards for workers in these regional production networks. It is intended that students will work on one country case study or one specific topic linked to this broader project as part of their MA / Ph.D. dissertations. Successful applicants will be funded for at least one research trip to SSA during the period of study, and some additional funds are also available for conference attendance. Students with a background on related topics, or specific skills or training in qualitative or quantitative research are encouraged to apply. Applicants must apply for the MA / PhD program in the Department of Political Science and indicate an interest in working on this project.  Information enquiries should be made to Dr. Marlea Clarke: mjclarke@uvic.ca

 

Punitive Populism and Democracy in Latin America

 

Up to two Postgraduate Scholarships (one at the PhD level, and one at the MA level) are available in the Department of Political Science to work on a project, funded through a SSHRC Insight Grant, on the media dynamics of punitive populism (tough on crime politics) under the supervision of Dr. Michelle Bonner. The project explores the role of the media practices in the success of tough on crime political rhetoric and policies and the implications for police violence and human rights protection. The primary countries of comparison are Argentina and Chile, but the findings are meant to engage the broader comparative literature on the topic. It is intended that students will work on one country case study (in Latin America) or one specific topic linked to this broader project as part of their MA / Ph.D. dissertations. Students with a background in related topics and with Spanish language skills are encouraged to apply. Applicants must apply for the MA / PhD program in the Department of Political Science and indicate an interest in working on this project.  

 

Information enquiries should be made to Dr. Michelle Bonner: mbonner@uvic.ca

 

Workers in the aging city:  Eldercare labor markets in Vancouver and Shanghai

 

Feng Xu and Kendra Strauss (Labour Studies, Simon Fraser University) have been granted five-years of funding under the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (the SSHRC) Insight Grants scheme for a project entitled 'Workers in the aging city: Eldercare labor markets in Vancouver and Shanghai'. The project has three main goals: 1) to investigate policy on, and definitions of, paid eldercare work in two major urban labor markets with very different care regimes; 2) to examine the recent evolution of labor markets for paid eldercare workers and their particular relationship to urbanization and migration; and 3) to contribute to policy-relevant research on precarious employment, urban precarity (e.g., regarding housing and transport), and the social dimensions of urban sustainability. It proceeds by centering workers' role in place-making: as vital agents of urbanization and active participants in urban politics and struggles over urban space, beyond state-based territorial jurisdictions.

 

The investigators will be recruiting two MA or PhD students (one for University of Victoria, one for Simon Fraser University) to start work on the project in the Fall of 2017. We are particularly interested in hearing from students with a background in feminist political economy and/or migration studies. Fluency in both Chinese and English are desirable for at least one of the roles. The RA positions are for 10 hours per week over three years, with the possibility of partial funding for a fourth year. Interested students will need to be enrolled in an MA or PhD program in Political Science (University of Victoria), Geography (Simon Fraser University) or Sociology and Anthropology (Simon Fraser University), and must apply through the usual route. Interested students can contact Feng Xu (fengxu@uvic.ca) or Kendra Strauss (kstrauss@sfu.ca) in the first instance.




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