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R M Phillips PhD Studentship: Strategic Responses to Grand Societal Challenges

  • 1.  R M Phillips PhD Studentship: Strategic Responses to Grand Societal Challenges

    Posted 03-09-2020 15:21

    The University of Sussex Business School is delighted to offer a fully funded, full time PhD studentship in Management to commence in September 2020.

    Today's businesses and entrepreneurs are increasingly expected to address sustainable development goals (SDGs) and work with multiple stakeholders to tackle grand societal challenges, such as climate change, poverty, clean water access, migration, and persistent inequalities. We are seeking outstanding PhD applicants interested in researching this trend. Examples of related topics include cross-sector collaboration, multi-stakeholder coordination, inclusive development, new business models, shared value creation, social innovation, and the role of science, technology and innovation in informing strategic responses to the SDGs. Prospective students with prior degrees in business, sociology, economics, geography, engineering, political science, development studies or other relevant areas are encouraged to apply. The successful applicant will have a Master's degree, prior research experience (e.g. data analysis, literature reviews, academic writing) and a longer-term interest in pursuing an academic career.

    Sponsorship & Funding

    The studentship is endowed by the R M Phillips Foundation and will be held at the University of Sussex Business School, which owes a great debt of gratitude to the Foundation for its continued generosity and support for research in the areas of science, technology and innovation.

    The award is for 4 years full time and covers a full waiver of tuition fees at either the Home/EU or the Overseas rate, as applicable, plus a stipend at the prevailing UK Research Council rate, currently £15,009 per year. Applications are welcomed from both UK and non-UK students with no restriction on nationality; however, those who are currently undertaking a PhD at the Business School are ineligible to apply.


    To be eligible you must have, or expect to have, a UK Master's degree or its equivalent in a relevant subject, plus prior research experience in a relevant field.

    The Research Area

    Your PhD proposal should address the theme Strategic Responses to Grand Societal Challenges.

    If successful, you will work primarily with Dr Stephan Manning, Professor of Strategy and Innovation at the University of Sussex. Prof Manning's current research focuses on topics such as sustainability standards, entrepreneurial ecosystems, social enterprises, climate adaptation, and innovation value chains. He has published numerous papers in top-tier academic journals in the field.

    For any enquiries regarding the proposed research topic, please contact Prof Manning at

    For full details on the studentship, please see here.

    How to Apply

    Apply online here.

    Select the PhD in Management with a September 2020 start date.

    In the Finance section you should enter the name of the scholarship, which is: R M Phillips PhD Studentship.

    For further details on how to apply, please see here.


    All complete applications must be submitted by 31 May 2020 by 23:59 (UK time) through the University of Sussex online Postgraduate Application System.

    Interviews likely to take place in the week commencing 22 June 2020.

    Every effort will be made to notify the successful candidate by 30 June 2020.

    Contact us

    For practical questions about applications, please contact the Business School Research Support Team:

    For questions relating to the research subject, please contact Prof Stephan Manning:

    Stephan Manning
    Professor of Strategy and Innovation
    University of Sussex Business School
    Falmer 9SL, Brighton, UK