UK: PhD Studentship in Economics at Lancaster University

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Closing date: 14 February 2014

Scholarship type: ESRC CASE  +3 award for Home/EU or NonEU students

Description:The successful student will work on an applied microeconomics project that aims to understand decision making under uncertainty – specifically in gambling markets. Nonetheless, the student will develop a broad background in applied microeconomics. The research is blue skies and is designed to equip the successful student for an academic career in economics or as a professional economist in the private or public sectors. The details of the research will be worked out in conjunction with the student to ensure that it reflects her/his own ideas and aspirations.

The student will be based in the Department of Economics of the Lancaster University Management School. LUMS is one of the most highly rated business schools in the UK. The Department’s PhD body is very high quality, it forms a cohesive group that generates strong peer effects, and the students are firmly embedded in the Department’s everyday life. The coursework training will be delivered at Manchester and Lancaster under the umbrella of the NWDTC (see The Department supports its PhD students to attend further specialist training and to exploit opportunities to present their own research, internally and externally. We also encourage our students to spend time abroad during their studies to establish an international dimension to their work. Teaching opportunities will be available.

The work will be supervised by Ian Walker and David Peel who have broad backgrounds and interests, but have extensive research experience in the analysis of gambling behaviour. They are both highly cited researchers and are in the top 5% of economics researchers worldwide. They have long experience of successful PhD supervision. Apart from the usual research facilities, the Department has its own experimental lab that could be used to support work towards this project.

Funding: The studentship is funded by ESRC under its “CASE” programme and our partner is the Gambling Commission – the body that regulates the industry in the UK. The student will benefit from interaction with the Gambling Commission who will participate in supervision and add expertise, contacts, and context to the work. Some aspects of the research portfolio to be pursued by the student will be negotiated with them and will reflect their interests.  Ian Walker has considerable experience of working with part of the Gambling Commission in the past.

Eligibility: Applicants should possess, or expect to possess, a Masters level qualification in Economics. The studentship is available for the successful candidate to start on October 1 2014 at the latest.

The NWDTC allows studentships in Economics to be held by non-EU nationals as well as UK and EU nationals. The details of the studentships can be found online by searching for the ERSC DTC Postgraduate Funding Guide. The level of the maintenance award is £16,863 pa and is not taxable. The ESRC will also pay the tuition fees.

Contact Professor Ian Walker ( or David Peel  ( to discuss the project and get an idea of working at Lancaster.

Interviews will be, via Skype if necessary, in late February.

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