PhD Studentship (ESRC South Coast DTP) - British interest groups and lobbying strategies in times of Brexit

University of Southhampton
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Southampton, United Kingdom
February 1, 2018
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Politics & International Relations

Location: Highfield Campus
Salary: £14553
Annual stipend of £14553 (2017/18 RCUK rate) plus payment of programme fees
Closing Date: Wednesday 31 January 2018
Reference: SCDTP947217CC

British interest groups and lobbying strategies in times of Brexit

A fully funded studentship awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) commencing in 2018/19 Academic Year.

Supervisory Team:

Doctor Adriana Bunea (Politics & International Relations, Lead Supervisor) (, Professor Will Jennings (Politics & International Relations), Doctor Raimondas Ibenskas (Politics & International Relations)

The project investigates empirically the strategies employed by British interest groups to lobbying national and supranational decision-makers during the Brexit negotiations. Theoretically, the project draws on theories of lobbying in multi-level governance and examines empirically the effects of a rollback in policy competences from the supranational to the national level on interest groups’ lobbying strategies employed to influence decision-makers and shape negotiation outcomes. Empirically, the project adopts a quantitative research design that employs an original online survey of British interest groups and the automated text analysis of interest groups’ policy position documents, activity reports and media reports.

Skills Required

- An undergraduate degree in political science, economics, public policy or public administration.

- Training in quantitative methods at undergraduate level.

- Data collection and data management experience.

- Good knowledge of EU politics and policymaking.


South Coast DTP Funding provides an annual maintenance grant (tax free) of £14553 (2017/18 RCUK rate), plus payment of all programme fees. Other funding available for SCDTP funded students can be found on the SCDTP website (

Funding is provided for 3 years full-time PhD study (pro-rata for part-time students). Applications for 1+3 funding for students completing a Master's year prior to the commencement of PhD study are also welcome (details available at

How to Apply

Application Procedure

The closing date and time for applications is 11.59pm 31st January 2018. The full application procedure, the funding application form, and more information on the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership can be found at:

For further information about this project, please contact the lead supervisor detailed above. For questions relating to the application procedure, or for more information about the SCDTP, please visit the SCDTP website or contact us at