[beasiswa] [info] University of Manchester – PhD Studentship in Valuing Human Life

4-Year PhD Scholarship

The University of Manchester -School of Environment and Development

Fully Funded by the Leverhulme Trust Starting September 2012:

Allowable death: how is human life valued or not?

We invite applications for a PhD studentship in the newly formed

Leverhulme Centre for the Study of Value with Professors Sarah

Bracking and Philip Woodhouse.

The studentship will be available from September 2012 for four years

and will cover tuition fees and a stipend to the value of over

£54,000, payable subject to eligibility criteria.

These studentships form part of a programme of work titled “Human,

non-human and environmental value systems: an impossible frontier?”

Globally, new markets and commodities are being created in a number of

key policy arenas that are putting prices, and thereby imputing a

particular value, to a number of previously un-priced (but not

necessarily unvalued) things: carbon, ecosystem services, commonly

held land, biodiversity, water and even human lives. This research

will explore how valuation technologies are designed in order to

understand the deficiencies and possibilities of value in political,

social and environmental terms. Its ultimate purpose is to suggest

better ways of doing value calculations that will improve the quality

of our economic and environmental future.

Historically there have existed people who are not valued enough to be

counted even when they die. These lost lives, among what is sometimes

called a global ‘surplus population’ happen in particular social,

economic and political contexts that are not well understood. This

project will examine ‘allowable deaths’ from poor health or

malnutrition by detailing narratives of when people don’t matter to

others or to potential assisters in government and NGOs, and how this

is justified morally. It will ask how people’s social value is framed,

fixed and calculated, and the role of stigma and blame in the social

articulation of allowable death. The PhD will conduct research in

either Zimbabwe or Malawi.

Applications are invited from those with both ‘home’ (UK/EU) tuition

fee status and ‘overseas’ fee status. For guidance, please follow this

link on how to determine tuition fee status. We must caution that the

value of the maintenance component will be less for overseas students

than for home students, due to a higher fee level, and a fixed package

overall. To discuss the financial terms of the award, contact


Applications should be made through our online application procedure

by Friday 24th August 2012, specifying “Allowable death” as the

subject of study. You are NOT required to submit a research proposal.

In section 6 of the online application form, under ‘research title’

please insert ‘Allowable death’. This will help us filter


Any enquiries relating specifically to the submission of applications

should be directed to: Laura.Dobson@manchester.ac.uk

Students will be informed of the outcome of the selection process by

7th September 2012.

If you have not been contacted by the 14th September please assume

that you have been unsuccessful. We expect that your studentship will

begin on 17th September, although some flexibility may be possible. We

would like to apologize in advance for the tight deadlines which


For further information on the overall programme please see the apply

online link below.









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