Oatley Postgraduate Research Scholarship 2018

"Democratising Finance? Assessing the Social Impact of Global Innovations in Finance."

During the decade since the global financial crisis, the world has seen the dramatic emergence of a range of global financial innovations that promise to correct, to challenge, or even to replace this ‘failed financial system’ – from decentralized technologies like BitCoin and BlockChain; through to FinTech and Challenger Banks. There is an urgent need for thought-leading research that evaluates these financial innovations across the triple bottom line of social, environmental and economic impact.

As these innovations are a rapidly growing part of public discourse but still barely understood, we welcome proposals for PhD projects that seek to establish a baseline of understanding – i.e. what are these innovations we hear so much about; how and why did they emerge; and what are their stated objectives? – as well as providing a crucial evidence-based study of their potential to deliver a fairer, more inclusive and democratic alternative to the current financial system – i.e. do they work, for whom and why; what are the obstacles to their growth; and what are the chances and dangers of their continued proliferation?

Entry requirements

2.1 first degree or equivalent and a good Masters degree in a relevant Social Science discipline. We particularly welcome applications from students who can evidence having studied modules in the broad areas of Economic Sociology, Heterodox Economics, Critical Political Economy, and/or Science and Technology Studies.

How to apply

For further information please download the scholarship information document.

To apply please download the application form.

How to apply (email)

pgrssp@leeds.ac.uk