*PhD Studentships available for 2018*

We are pleased to announce *three PhD studentships* as part of a White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership Network Award.

The successful candidates will join an interdisciplinary network entitled Brexit’s Aftermaths: Contesting Insecurities across the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. He or she will work independently, but alongside two other PhD students researching related projects. The students will benefit from the support and expertise of supervisors in Politics, Sociology, Criminology, Geography, Media and Communication across the three universities, and will have the chance to work closely with civil society and local government partners as part of the network.

Each PhD will produce new and complementary knowledge about the emerging frontiers, spaces and discourses of contestation in the aftermaths of Brexit, with a particular focus on the role of digital technologies.

We would be pleased to hear from excellent students with an interest in critical interdisciplinary approaches to contemporary migration, citizenship, and activism, and in applying innovative digital methodologies to investigating these issues. The scholarships would be particularly well-suited to students who would like to gain experience of researching collaboratively with civil society and voluntary organisations.

For details and instructions on how to apply, please see individual scholarship advertisements below.

Brexit’s Aftermaths: Contesting Insecurities

PhD One: Brexit, incivility and digital contestation – supervised by Alexandra Hall

PhD Two: (Re)mapping (in)securities -supervised by Deirdre Conlon and Maggie O’Neill

PhD Three: Brexit and the Re-narration of Discord – supervised by Hannah Lewis and Simon Popple

We envisage these proposals to be the flexible starting points for the studentships:  we would expect the successful candidates to be active in shaping the direction of the research, in interaction with the network.

Network overview:

The 2016 UK vote to leave the EU is the most seismic political event for a generation, bringing with it reconfigured political, social and economic futures. The vote unveiled widespread anxieties about the economy, the welfare state, social cohesion and immigration. It also, importantly, unleashed a series of ricocheting insecurities that are permeating intimate, domestic and public spaces for citizens and non-citizens alike. These insecurities are not wholly novel in origin: they are best understood as reformulations of intractable and longstanding racial, religious, ethnic and class divisions in UK society. Current uncertainities for citizens and non-citizens pose a profound, and perhaps unforeseen, threat to individual, familial, community and national confidence, ontological security and wellbeing. The challenge is to contest contemporary divisions in novel, creative and productive ways.

This network will generate new knowledge about the emerging frontiers, spaces and discourses of contestation in Brexit’s aftermaths. It takes seriously the ideathat the leave vote poses a serious challenge for established narratives of inclusion, like multiculturalism, cosmopolitanism, solidarity and post-national identity. It also takes seriously the idea that individuals, communities and civil society groups face new challenges (but also have new opportunities) to negate the multiple effects of the Brexit’s after-effects in everyday life. At this juncture, social science research about the efforts to counter Brexit’s deleterious fall-out has an important role to play in national debate about the future of an inclusive UK outside Europe. Research also needs to be responsive to the multi-scalar effects of insecurities – from intimate family lives to public urban spaces and social media. Moreover, research must acknowledge that countering the ‘new’ politics of insecurity UK society necessitates strategies that exceed established binaries of solidarity/hostility, inclusion/exclusion, citizen/other, precarious/secure. These shared ideas underpin the PhD projects.