- UK/EU/International: UK and EU
- Type of project: Funding schemes
- Funding type: School or faculty
- Value: The award will cover standard UK/ EU fees. In addition to fees the Oatley Postgraduate Research Scholarship will include an £14,777 per year maintenance award for full time study. There are some additional allowances for travel, research or training costs (up to £833 per year).
- Deadline: 1 June 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?
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.