and University of Birmingham
The Midlands Graduate School is an accredited Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), with the first intake of students to begin in October
One of 14 such partnerships in the UK, the Midlands Graduate School is a collaboration between the University of Warwick, Aston University, University of Birmingham, University
of Leicester, Loughborough University and the University of Nottingham.
Midlands Graduate School is now inviting applications for an ESRC Doctoral Joint Studentship between
Aston University (where the student will be registered) and the
University of Birmingham
to commence in October 2017.
Contemporary research such as the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM)
shows that female entrepreneurship is more common in Africa than in the rest of the world. This is particularly true of West Africa, which has higher rates of female entrepreneurship than the rest of Africa. Historical research shows that this has a long tradition,
with women having been perhaps even more dominant as entrepreneurs before colonialism.
This doctoral research project aims to establish both historical and contemporary reasons for the greater prevalence of female entrepreneurship in West Africa. It is important to
understand this because a) entrepreneurship is an important driver of economic growth and job creation, and b) gender has been recognized as an important factor in driving social development, inclusive growth and intergenerational progress. However, high levels
of entrepreneurial activity can also be an indicator of poverty and inequality. This doctoral research project should identify the complex reasons behind the predominance of women in West African entrepreneurship.
- Why do women in West Africa chose to become entrepreneurs more commonly than in other areas of the world?
- What drives these choices: necessity, cultural attitudes, lack of alternative opportunities, historical tradition, gender stereotypes?
The student to be recruited to this project would develop these research questions further in line with her/his expertise and interest. The exact choice of case context (country
/ region) would be a matter of negotiation with the student researcher. Applicants who are invited for interview will be ask to indicate the direction in which they would like to take this project, and how they would develop the topic.
To be considered for this PhD, please complete the Joint Studentship application
form available online here, together with a cover letter and a CV (form
available here) and along with two references email this to
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Wednesday 15 February 2017
Interviews will be held
Tuesday 7 March 2017 at Aston Business School
Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP
Our ESRC studentships cover fees and maintenance stipend and extensive support
for research training, as well as research activity support grants. Support is available only to successful applicants who fulfil eligibility criteria. To check your eligibility, visit:
Informal enquiries about the research or
Aston Business School prior to application can be directed to
Professor Stephanie Decker.
For more information on how to apply, please go to the Midlands Graduate School:
Dr Stephanie Decker
Professor in Organization Studies & History
Co-editor of Business History
See my new article:
“Paradigms Lost: Integrating History and Organization Studies”
Organizational History Network: