North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership

NWSSDTP Overseas Institutional Visit to Aalborg, Denmark

Joanna Morley, Language Based Area Studies, University of Liverpool, 2017 Cohort

I am currently in the third year of my PhD in Latin America Studies at University of Liverpool. My research aims to understand how hydroelectric projects redefine the political landscapes and social understandings of sustainable energy development in Ecuador, and what this reveals about the localisation of debates surrounding natural resource governance, global sustainable development and climate mitigation policies.

In September 2019 I arrived in Denmark to sunny autumnal weather for a three month Overseas Institutional Visit (OIV) to Aalborg University. My visit was arranged after I attended a conference organised by Dr Malayna Raftopoulos, a previous tutor of mine from the School of Advanced Study at University of London, who is now Associate Professor of Development Studies and International Relations and coordinator of Latin American Studies at Aalborg. During the conference, I was invited to return for an extended research stay to develop my PhD and engage in the academic life at Aalborg. With the support of my supervisor at Liverpool, I applied for the NWSSDTP funding for an OIV which was approved in July. This made made it possible for me to travel to and live in (very expensive) Denmark for the duration of my trip.

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‘Impact Full’ – The Joint AHRC/ ESRC DTP Impact Event

Naomi Adam, AHRC NWCDTP, Linguistics, University of Liverpool

This full-packed, four-hour interactive webinar on research impact provided participants with inspiration aplenty…

As part of the inaugural five-day ‘NWSSDTP Week’ running from 23 to 27 November 2020, postgraduate researchers from both the AHRC and ESRC cohorts were offered the opportunity to attend a dedicated DTP ‘Impact Event.’ Harnessing the power of Zoom, proceedings took place entirely online, as over the course of a full-packed, four-hour interactive programme participants considered the concept of research impact, and exactly how it could be incorporated into their own future project plans. The collaborative enterprise, hosted by NWSSDTP staff at the University of Liverpool, featured contributions from students and career researchers from across the North West consortium’s institutions.

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ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme 2021 Open!

The ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (PDF) Scheme for October 2021 Entry is now open.

The call is open to applicants who have completed their PhD at a research organisation that is part of a DTP or CDT (not necessarily the NWSSDTP) and who are within 12 months of completing their PhD. At the submission deadline, the applicant must either have been awarded a PhD or have submitted their thesis and passed their viva voce with minor corrections, with the expectation that the PhD will be awarded by the fellowship start date.

The NWSSDTP runs a two stage application process for ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowships. Applicants must first submit an Expression of Interest form by the 5th February 2021. If successful, applicants will be invited to submit a full application by the 23rd March 2021.

Further details of the application process and the application paperwork can be found here:

Collaborative Studentship with Staffordshire Police


Laura Briody, Criminology, Social Policy and Social Work, Keele University, 2018 Cohort

My CASE project is a collaboration between Keele University and Staffordshire Police. Using a variety of qualitative methods, I am investigating how the police are informed about, identify and respond to individuals categorised as “vulnerable”.

The term “vulnerability” is a concept of increasing focus for both researchers and practitioners within the public sector, with the police in particular expected to identify and respond to those considered the most ‘vulnerable’ within our society. The term however is hotly contested, with the definition of “vulnerability” either defined so narrowly as to be exclusionary, or so widely as to be vague and ineffective. There are also concerns that in using “vulnerability” to draw attention to inequality and those in need of help within our society, practitioners may end up reinforcing said inequalities and further stigmatising already marginalised communities.

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