PhD Studentship: race in London’s night-time economy

PhD Studentship available in Sociology at Westminster

We are pleased to offer a PhD Studentship, consisting of a fee waiver and annual stipend of £16,000 for three years. The Studentship will commence in January 2016, and is available to applicants with a Home fee status only (usually defined as applicants from the UK and EU).

Project Description

Over the past two decades there has been a considerable expansion of interest in evening and night-time economies. This growing body of work has emerged out of a number of disciplines, in particular criminology, sociology, geography, cultural studies and town planning. While much of the scholarship on the night-time economy has focused on young consumers in town and city centres, the dynamics of race and cultural difference have been relatively under-researched. This project provides an important opportunity for a qualitative focus on race and ethnicity in the night-time economy of London, a complex and diverse global city.

Possible topics might consider (but not be limited to):

  • embodiment, affect and emotion
  • space, dwelling and materiality
  • cosmopolitan and transnational engagements
  • whiteness and late-night leisure practices
  • non alcohol-related leisure practices
  • suburban night-time economies
  • late-night workers and cultural producers

Dr Adam Eldridge and Dr Ben Pitcher will supervise the thesis.

Applicants should normally have a minimum classification of 2.1 in a Bachelor Degree or equivalent and preferably a Master’s degree. Applicants whose secondary level education has not been conducted in the medium of English should also demonstrate evidence of appropriate English language proficiency normally defined as IELTS: 7.0 (overall score with not less than 6.5 in any of the individual elements).

The application should include a research proposal of 2,500-3,000 words. Guidance on how to write a research proposal.


Dr Adam Eldridge

Closing date

5pm, 30 October 2015.
Note that this has been readvertised with a new deadline of 25 Feb. More information here:

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