PhD Organisation, Work & Technology

The Department welcomes able research students, suitably qualified and interested in pursuing research in the Department's areas of academic specialisation towards a MPhil/PhD. A range of social science disciplines is included in the Department and research supervision is possible in a wide number of areas.

Examples of work undertaken by our doctoral students include:

  • studies of the political economy of space in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro
  • dignity in the workplace
  • use of mobile technologies and space in the work of IT consultants
  • a historiography of the role of socio-technical systems theory in the Calico Mills at Ahmedabad in India
  • a historical analysis of the role of philanthropy in India
  • an analysis of the professionalization project of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development
  • the role of financialisation in the management of lawyers within legal firms
  • emotional geographies and careers in the teaching profession
  • classification work and the UK Freedom of Information Act 2000
  • information technology, sociality and disabled people
  • the role of geographic information systems in the formulation and enforcement of deforestation control policies in Amazonia
  • the ethos of business and the denial of the tragic
  • the organizing practices surrounding the management of electronic waste
  • sociomaterial orderings and configurations of a European eGovernment 'community of practice'
  • policy work in the implementation of government legislation in further education

Work for research degrees is taxing for even the most talented. To facilitate a supportive and stimulating environment for our research students, each is always allocated two supervisors. Students are encouraged to participate in the regular research and special graduate seminars held in the Department and School by staff and visiting speakers. Full-time research students are also normally expected to attend relevant parts of the MSc Human Resource Management lecture programme. 

A detailed description of the PhD programme can be found in the PhD Organisation, Work & Technology handbook.

Areas of Research

OWT staff are interested in supervising PhD topics that fall into their areas of research expertise, which are listed in detail on the Staff Supervision Interests page.

Entry requirements

You are normally expected to hold a relevant Masters degree in a relevant social science discipline, including coverage of appropriate research methodologies. We usually require a very good performance at Masters degree level (i.e. typically averaging above 65% overall and 65% in the dissertation element for UK Masters). Overseas applicants should hold equivalent qualifications. 

How to apply 

To apply for study within the Department of Organisation, Work and Technology, please use the University's online application system.