AHRC PhD studentship opportunity

Creative Exchange October 2014

“The Arts of Integration: Scottish policies of refugee integration and the role of the creative and performing arts.”

Applications are now open for this exciting collaborative PhD studentship, a partnership between Scottish Refugee Council and University of Glasgow.

In Scotland, integration of asylum seekers and refugees occurs from day one. This is the primary integration policy in Scotland and differs from the policies in the rest of the UK. This policy has been the subject of a number of research studies in the social sciences over the last three years. Findings from these studies have shown the creative and performing arts, and opportunities for self and collective expression, in communities, to be a significant and valued element in the experience and process of integration.

This project investigates the use of the creative and performing arts in the work of community integration for refugees in Scotland. It also proposes to compare the generally supportive policies of integration in Scotland with countries where policies are less favourable or even hostile, including the rest of the United Kingdom and prospectively Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand.  

The project student will contribute findings to key areas of policy, notably to the New Scots Integration Strategy, launched in 2013 and which will reach its midpoint review towards the end of the project. In addition the project will develop a best practice guide to what works in using the creative and performing arts for promoting integration. The core idea and policy of 'integration' together with the use of the arts will be subject to review and critical study, so that it is not simply an assumed societal good, but is evaluated fully. The project student will work closely within Scottish Refugee Council, as the project partner, and with researchers at the University of Glasgow's Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet).

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 12 NOON GMT on WEDNESDAY 22 JULY 2015.

Applicants will be notified of the decision on their application by MONDAY 27 JULY 2015. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to attend a short Skype interview on THURSDAY 30 JULY 2015.

Please see the attachedArts of Integration Information for Applicantsand application form

The studentships is fully funded at RCUK rates (fees and maintenance) for 3 years. Due to funding restrictions this opportunity is only available to UK/EU students only, please see information for applicants for further detail on eligibility.