An ethnomethodological / conversation analytic study of evidence-based decision-making
Applications are invited for the above studentship commencing 1st October 2015. The Studentship is open to home/EU students. It will run for 3 years, and it includes:
• A fee waiver equivalent to the home/EU rate
• Tax-free stipend of £14,057p.a. for three years
About the project:
Research into how the tools and products of Operational Research (OR) are used in the interactions between analysts and their clients has recently begun to attract academic attention. Using ethnomethodological and conversation analytic methods, this PhD project will examine the interactional practices that comprise the use of OR tools and products and identify what works and what is less effective.
The site for the PhD research project is the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). One of the challenges faced by Dstl is how best to support Evidence Based Decision Making (EBDM), in the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and across government, and to increase the use of evidence to support key decisions. It is anticipated that the PhD project will collect and investigate real-time conduct in the use of OR tools and products to support EBDM in a number of application areas.
Professor L. Alberto Franco, Professor of Management Sciences (School of Business and Economics) and Professor Elizabeth Stokoe, Professor of Social Interaction (Department of Social Sciences)
Masters degree (with average programme mark of no less than 65%) or equivalent. English Language requirement of IELTS band 7.0 or above with not less than 7.0 in each component.
Applications are made online at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research/.
Please upload all the supporting documents listed below:
• A curriculum vitae
• A 500 word personal statement explaining your interest in, and aptitude for, the topic of this research project. In particular we would like to learn about:
• What qualities do you feel you can bring to the project?
• 2-3 samples of writing such as MSc dissertation, journal or conference article, essays from your MSc degree
• Copies of your transcripts/certificates
• Two academic references
Closing date for applications is 30 July 2015. Please quote reference SBE-AF in the financial section of the application form. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed shortly after the closing date.
Informal enquiries about the project should be made to (L.A.Franco@lboro.ac.uk) or (E.H.Stokoe@lboro.ac.uk).