PhD Studentship // Stakeholder involvement in policy evaluation in Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation (IAFRI)

The studentship is linked to the ESRC CECAN Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity across the Nexus. Award is worth £16,805 per year, contributing towards your PhD tuition fees and living costs. Application deadline is 9 Jan 17.

Start date and duration

April 2017 for 3 years.


The evaluation of public policy is particularly challenging in complex settings such as across the Energy-Environment-Food nexus. This social science studentship will consider how nexus policy evaluation is accessed, used and informed by external stakeholders and wider publics. It will build on previous research reflecting on the nature of expertise, open policy making and evidence-based policy to consider: whose expertise counts within policy evaluation; how is stakeholder involvement managed and what methodological approaches are adopted; to what extent does it enhance the quality of the policy evaluation undertaken; and what happens when stakeholders use evaluations to challenge government.

Please see the full project description.


Name of supervisor(s)

Eligibility Criteria

Essential criteria:

  • You must have, or expect to achieve, a first class or upper-second-class honours degree in a relevant social science subject or international equivalent and desirably a social science Masters.
  • Experience of qualitative methods (e.g. interviews, mixed methods, case study method)
  • English Language Requirements: Minimum IELTS score of 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each category
  • Experience of qualitative methods (e.g. interviews, mixed methods, case study method)

Applications from both UK/EU and other non-EU international applicants will be considered; however, as this studentship only covers UK/EU fees, the difference in fees for non-EU international students will need to be met by the applicant.  Annual fees are £4,540 per year for home/EU and £12,310 for International.  So international students must provide payment for the difference per year in fees of £7,770.

How to apply

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application form.  Only mandatory fields need to be completed. Include the following information:

  • insert the programme code 8010F in the programme of study section
  • select ‘PhD Agriculture Food and Rural Development - Food and Nutrition’ as the programme of study
  • insert the studentship code AG034 in the studentship/partnership reference field
  • insert the title of the project in the appropriate field
  • attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code AG034 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
  • attach degree transcripts, certificates and a copy of your English language qualifications if required

Previous applicants are not eligible to apply.

Please email covering letter and CV to Steven Hall.


Jeremy Phillipson
School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development,
Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU
T: +44 (0) 191 208 8940

Source: University of Newcastle website

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