Two Studentships in International Development and Inclusive Innovation

Giles Mohan

Two Studentships in International Development and Inclusive Innovation 

Based in Milton Keynes
Full time – 3 years to start in October 2016
Approximate stipend of £13,863, tuition fee and fieldwork expenses are covered 

The Open University has a well-established research degrees programme with nearly 1200 full- and part-time postgraduate research students working on a wide range of projects. It is renowned for its interdisciplinary research in international development, with a particular focus on processes of innovation. The studentships are part of a major investment by the Open University in this area. 
We are keen to attract outstanding students to work with us on questions of inclusive innovation. Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals will require inclusive and innovation-based growth. Our understanding of Inclusive Innovation comprises two linked processes: (1) Innovation for inclusion – how new forms of innovation can generate inclusion of marginalised populations to address their basic needs; and (2) Inclusion for innovation –marginalised populations can and do innovate, but their capabilities need to be developed to do so much more effectively. Thus we understand innovation in broad terms that goes beyond technical solutions to include social, political and financial innovations, and the interconnections between them. Within this broad agenda we want to focus on the following themes (possible supervisors are indicated for each theme):

  • Sustainable innovations – linking economic, social and environmental benefits; climate-friendly infrastructure and production methods; the water-energy-food nexus for synergies in resource usage (Shonil.Bhagwat@open.ac.uk, Neil.Edwards@open.ac.uk)
  • Educational innovations – teacher education, open practices and ICTs; cross-cultural learning for innovation; international student mobility (Freda.wolfenden@open.ac.uk)
  • Inclusive health systems – strengthening local health delivery systems; health governance; innovative financing, procurement and local production of medical products; health workforce training and retention  (Maureen.mackintosh@open.ac.uk)
  • Supply chain innovations – linking production to consumption through socially and environmentally sustainable innovations; labour issues (e.g. workers' rights, safety, child labour, etc); impact investment. (Helen.Roby@open.ac.uk))
  • Theorising inclusive innovation – investigating competing normative and political approaches to inclusive innovation and global justice (Theo.papaioannou@open.ac.uk)
  • Governance (global and regional) of inclusive innovation (Jean.grugel@open.ac.uk) 
  • Inclusive innovation and public action – examining the role of public action, civil society campaigns and social movements in generating more inclusive innovations in different sectors e.g. health, environment, agriculture, etc. (les.levidow@open.ac.uk)
  • Measuring innovations – metrics of inclusivity; innovation and capabilities (paul.anand@open.ac.uk)

In addition to the Open University’s application documents candidates should provide an excellent research proposal (1500-2000 words) that maps on to one or more of the above themes. In generating your proposal please refer to the additional information for each topic as well as guidance on writing research proposals at:

http://dpp.open.ac.uk/public-engagement/documents/four-studentships-in-international-development-and-inclusive-innovation

Interested?
Please visit the following web site for further information on applying to the Open University and an application form. Please note, this is a full-time 3 year studentship and you would be required to live in the UK close to the university campus in Milton Keynes. It covers all fees, living expenses and fieldwork costs. For more information on the application process see:
http://www3.open.ac.uk/study/research-degrees/index.htm

Enquiries about these studentships, and about potential research topics, may be directed to Professor Giles Mohan at giles.mohan@open.ac.uk or to any of the potential supervisors indicated above.

Closing date: March 30th 2016. Interviews will take place in mid-April 2016. 

Please send applications to the Research Degrees Office at research-degrees-mct@open.ac.uk.  

Equality of opportunity is fundamental to the Open University's mission and operation.

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