PhD studentship in sport for development

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The University of Ulster's Research Institute on Sport and Exercise Science is calling for project proposals that seek to interrogate the value of sport for addressing societal 'problems'.
Project title: Sport for Development (SfD)
Supervisors: Dr Katie Liston and Dr Paul Darby
Application closing date: 8 March 2013
Studentship starting date: September 2013

Background to the project
The emergence and acceleration of local, national and international sport-for-development (SfD) movements has given rise to a small but growing social scientific literature that seeks to interrogate the extent to which sport can contribute to ‘development’.

This project seeks to interrogate the value of sport for addressing a range of societal ‘problems’ related to poverty, social exclusion, low educational attainment, juvenile delinquency, and political conflict amongst other issues, through an in-depth case study analysis of a programme(s) in a national or international setting. It will be located in a body of social scientific literature that is critical of untested, uncritical assumptions around the value of sport and more cognisant of the relatively limited impact that follows for ‘development’.

Methods to be used
The study adopts a case study approach that centres on a specific SfD programme of the applicant’s choosing (to be negotiated with the supervisory team). The proposed methods will be primarily ethnographic in nature and will seek to generate empirically grounded knowledge of SfD.

More specifically, this will involve (non)participant observation of SfD programmes as they play out in local/national contexts. Interviews may also be conducted with various personnel involved in the SfD movement, the exact mix of methods and research paradigms being dependent on the research setting.

Applicant Instructions
As part of the application process candidates will need to demonstrate an understanding of the project area and be able to detail how they would take the proposal forward. This will require them to write a proposal. The proposal will be a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 4 pages (excluding bibliography) Arial 11 font, 1.5 spacing.

The proposal will detail: Aims and research questions; an overview of the background literature that outlines the rationale for the proposal; methodology; an overview of how the applicants academic and/or vocational experience equips them to undertake the proposed research; bibliography (1 page maximum).

Tags: PhD, Sports for Development, University of Ulster, fellowship

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