AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) PhD studentship for `Philosophy of Wellbeing Policy: Uncovering the Hidden Knowledge of Practitioners' (Department of History and Philosophy of Science and What Works Centre Wellbeing)

University of Cambridge
December 05, 2023
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AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) PhD studentship for `Philosophy

of Wellbeing Policy: Uncovering the Hidden Knowledge of Practitioners' (Department of History and Philosophy of Science and What Works Centre Wellbeing)

Applications are invited for an AHRC CDA doctoral studentship offered by the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership, to start in October 2024.

The studentship will be based in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science. The successful applicant will work on a collaborative project co-led by Professor Anna Alexandrova ([email protected]), University of Cambridge and Ms Nancy Hay, co-supervisor, and Executive Director at the What Works Centre Wellbeing. Additional supervision is possible from Professor Diane Doyle of the Bennett Institute for Public Policy.

The PhD studentship aims at making explicit the knowledge that exists among practitioners and in the less visible space of implementation of well-being policies and exploring its relevance for evidence-based policy. Using review of a variety of literatures as well as interviews with the staff of What Works Centre Wellbeing and cognate practitioners, this project seeks to reconstruct the methodology behind generation and deployment of wellbeing evidence as it travels between the academy and the practitioners. In addition to being a contribution to wellbeing practice, such a project trials an innovative approach to philosophy of science and applied epistemology more generally. How is localized knowledge relevant to specific practical contexts generated, preserved, and passed on? Does it have a philosophy of its own? Can recovering this knowledge help address deficits in evidence-based practices? In this way this project encourages and supports practice-based research at doctoral level.

Further details of the project and its aims can be found on the Open-Oxford- Cambridge AHRC DTP website: https: // www. oocdtp.ac.uk/philosophy-wellbeing- policy-uncovering-hidden-knowledge-practitioners


The DTP studentships will provide an annual maintenance grant to cover living costs (£18,622 stipend + £550 CDA allowance pa at current rates) and university tuition fees at home fee level. The fee gap between the home and overseas fee rates will be covered by the University through internal co- funding for international candidates.

For more details, see: https: // www. postgraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/funding.

Application process:

All applications will need to be made through the University Graduate Application Portal: https:// www. 2024.postgraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/hphppdhps

Whilst making your online application please make clear that you are applying for the project 'Philosophy of Wellbeing Policy: Uncovering the Hidden Knowledge of Practitioners' and indicate the supervisor leading the project (Professor Anna Alexandrova). When applying for study through the Postgraduate Applicant Portal, you must indicate that you would like to be considered for funding, complete the AHRC section under "Funding" and upload the OOC DTP Application Form as an additional document when completing the application through the portal.

We want to encourage the widest range of potential students to study for this studentship and are committed to welcoming students from different backgrounds to apply. We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

Informal enquiries about the project should be directed to the University supervisor ([email protected]).

The application deadline is Tuesday 05 December 2023

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please visit https: // www. oocdtp.ac.uk/how-to-apply#tab-2276201.

Please quote reference GA38672 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.


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