ESRC Studentships: study with the STEPS Centre

STEPS Centre Conference 2010 / Lance Bellers

The STEPS Centre is delighted to offer PhD training in association with the Sussex ESRC Doctoral Training Centre, one of a network of 21 Doctoral Training Centres in the UK, set up by the Economic and Social Research Council to support the development and research training of postgraduate researchers.

A grant of more than £3.5million from the ESRC together with further funding from the University enables the Centre to provide 22 studentships each year for social science research.

Innovation and Sustainability: Management and Policy 

The STEPS Centre’s researchers are involved with the Innovation and Sustainability DTC pathway, which is aligned with STEPS’ co-host institution SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit and led by Prof Ed Steinmueller.

Research students collaborate with a diverse cross-section of government, business, and third sector organisations on issues of:

  • policy and management in the transition to more sustainable use of energy:
  • reducing the human footprint on the environment
  • establishing and renewing enterprises that create wealth or contribute to social well-being
  • seizing opportunities emerging from the Internet and other information and communication technologies
  • regulating technological risks ranging from the food that we eat to the potential dual uses of chemical and biological technologies

Research training is organised in to the 1+3 model . Candidates undertake the MSc Science and Technology Policy, or join the DTC for a +3 standalone programme if they already have an equivalent level of research training.

Among the STEPS Centre members offering supervision are:

Find out more

If you would like to find out more about the STEPS Centre’s contribution to the Innovation and Sustainability pathway contact:

Jeremy Allouche [email protected]

How to apply

Applications for ESRC studentships can only be considered from those who have already received an offer of a place on a doctoral degree at Sussex. There are therefore two stages in the application process and two deadlines to meet.

  1. First deadline: Fri 30 Jan 2015 – Application for a PhD
  2. Second deadline: Thu 5 March 2015 5pm – Application for an ESRC studentship

Find out more on the Sussex DTC website