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 this project’s conceptual innovation opportunities. 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 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.
- Open to African nationals. They must be permanently resident in an African country;
- Plan to commence a full-time MPhil/PhD programme at King’s College London in the 2023-24 academic year (Ideally they would like candidate to start in October 2023 but by no later than January 2024).
- Meet the academic requirements for enrolment for the PhD degree in the Faculty of Social Science and Policy at King’s College London.
- You should hold or expect to obtain a High Merit or Distinction at Master’s level (or equivalent) in any subject.
- Disciplinary areas of particular relevance would include but not be limited to: International Political Economy; Political Economy; Fashion Management; Business; Development Studies; Culture, Media & Creative Industries; Policy; Sociology; Geography; Social Sciences.
- A strong interest in fashion and the creative economy (academic, professional, personal).
- Good team-working, observational, organisation and communication skills.
- Experience of qualitative and quantitative methods.
Duration and benefits
The studentship covers the following for four years:
- Tuition fees at the higher international/overseas rate;
- An annual stipend (living allowance): at the UKRI rate (for the year 2022/23, this was set at £19,688);
- Research costs up to £5,000 per annum.
Application procedure and deadline
Applications can be completed through the link. Application deadline is June 30, 2023.