Applications are open for the King’s College London Africa Studentships 2023-2024. This project seeks to understand how fashion producers in Africa use knowledge, technology, capital and inputs to create social, economic and cultural value for domestic and global markets, and how this influences socioeconomic change. Creative economies enable broader readings of value across economic, social and cultural spheres, presenting opportunities for conceptual innovation in this project.
Current debates on global production, such as with global value chains, have tended to neglect ideas of lead firms in Africa due to narrow understandings of value. The project therefore aims to move beyond visions of Africa as resource-constrained to focus on creativity, ideas and innovation, including in sustainability, emerging across the continent. The PhD will focus on generating new data on fashion economies relevant to industry and pursue concept-building on lead firms in the global South.
They envisage the researcher using mixed-methods case study research, including (for example) analysis of industry data, surveys, interviews, focus groups and observations, but these will be defined more specifically during the project. The project will focus on one (or more) African country case/s. This will complement existing case studies conducted by the supervisors (Nigeria, Kenya). The supervisors have established partners in South Africa, including SACO (South Africa Cultural Observatory), which would facilitate a research focus on South Africa. However, the team are open to exploring alternative contexts.
The studentship covers the following for four years:
The selection process will involve a pre-selection based on documents – CV, cover letter explaining your interest in the project and how your prior experience is relevant, and sample of written work (i.e MSc/MA thesis).
Email these documents to Dr Ikpe ([email protected]) and Dr England ([email protected]) in advance of applying through the KCL portal. If selected, this will be followed by an invitation to an interview. If successful at the interview, an offer will be made for PhD study and scholarship funding.
The selected candidates must then apply via King’s Apply online application system. See details on how to apply here.
Lastly, It is important to visit the official website link found below to access the application form.
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