PhD Scholarship Opportunity: Sustainable value creation: Bioeconomy innovation and opportunities for inclusiveness and sustainability

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER: Global Doctoral Research Network (GOLDEN)
Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) - PhD with integrated teaching certificate programme

Seeking applicants for a Full 4-Year Scholarship leading to the PhD in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, for a project on Sustainable Value Creation: Bioeconomy innovation and opportunities for inclusiveness and sustainability

This doctoral research project will probe and progress new models for sustainable value creation that are embedded in bioeconomy innovation and that address opportunities and challenges for inclusiveness and innovation. The empirical focus will build on research in Brazil, with consideration of conceptual, management, and policy insights and implications for other development assistance economies and development programmes. The project will advance knowledge related to development at local and global levels, business models, governance, sustainability, innovation and technology, and inclusiveness, and responsible innovation.

The project’s empirical work will focus in Brazil, identifying and investigating particular cases of new sustainable value creation models, broadly related to knowledge-based bioeconomy development for the production and use of renewable resources in ways that are sustainable and inclusive. Potential cases include the sustainable and inclusive local use of resources such as sugar cane for bio-energy and bio-plastics and renewable harvesting from the Amazon for global consumer goods. The evolution and challenges of such strategies will be explored through examination of the roles of companies (large and small), stakeholder groups, civil society, government, and innovation and regulatory systems. Potentials for path dependency (creating blockages to change and recreating inequities), responsible innovation (creating pathways for more inclusive and sustainable development), and systems transformation (for example, through disruptive biological engineering) will be explored. The research will lead to insights and implications about strategies for sustainable value creation of relevance not only for Brazil but also for other ODA and developed economies.

The project will be undertaken through a research collaboration between the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIOIR: Prof. P. Shapira), the Global Development Institute (GDI: Prof. K Nadvi), and the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB: Dr. Kirk Malone) at the University of Manchester in association with the Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) and São Paulo School of Management (EAESP), Brazil (Prof. J. A. Puppim de Oliveira). In Manchester, the doctoral student will be housed in the Faculty of Humanities, in the interdisciplinary PhD programme in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP) at MIOIR.

The student will part of the University of Manchester Global Doctoral Research Network programme and will also engage with seminars, associated research training, and other doctoral cohorts at MIOIR and GDI, facilitating conceptual development, proposal refinement, networking, advanced skills development, and writing. The relationship with MIB will facilitate additional mentorship on bio- technological and commercialisation aspects. Two intensive periods of field study are anticipated in Brazil, using qualitative research methods, facilitated by FGV/EAESP. Support will be provided for field work, conference attendance, and publishing.

Funding for the PhD will include: Tuition fees (home or international student); Stipend (UKRI rate, c. £15,000 pa); Research training grant (project running costs) (£5000pa); Training allowance for PG Cert/pre-sessional (£1,250pa); Travel allowance (£375pa).

Entry Requirements. Applications for this project are sought from exceptional UK, EU or international students with an outstanding academic background. Applicants must have a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) and hold or expect to obtain a Masters level qualification with Distinction or equivalent. English Language requirements (where required) are IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 623 (100 ibt), PTE 66.

Applicants should in the first place inquire with Prof. Philip Shapira (email: [] ( enclosing a CV and a short statement of interest. Eligible candidates will subsequently be requested to submit a PhD application for the PhD in Science, Technology & Innovation Policy, and indicate that they wish to be considered for this project. The deadline for applications is January 31, 2020 (potential applicants are encouraged to make contact earlier). Selection for the PhD Scholarship is competitive.