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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