PhD Opportunity starting April 2016

We have a PhD opportunity commencing in April 2016 in connection with Coventry University’s Carnival Project. The opportunity is open to UK&EU (Fees + Stipend) AND International students (Fees only) The two projects are as follows and will include extensive periods of travel for data collection in South Africa/ Brazil and/or the USA:

What’s In It For Me: Assessing the Legacy of Para-Sport Events Upon the Lived Experience of People with Disabilities in Host Locations

Dr Ian Brittain

This studentship is part of the CARNIVAL project led by Coventry University, supported by a network of university partners from Brazil, Germany, South Africa and the USA. The main aims are to: 1) examine multiple contextual understandings of the impacts of mega-events, including social, economic, cultural, political, environmental and technological impacts; 2) provide opportunities for research on cutting-edge sustainable management practices to ensure that future potential mega-event impacts are maximised.

The International Paralympic Committee claims that the Paralympic Games can have a transformative affect upon the lives of people with disabilities, as well as positively change perceptions regarding people with disabilities within the non-disabled population. However, these claims have never been properly examined or investigated. The aim of this project is to interrogate these claims by investigating the impact of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games upon the lives of people with disabilities living in Rio de Janeiro following the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, and comparing these results with a similar investigation of the impact of the smaller scale Invictus Games for injured military personnel. You will also be part of a team carrying out research at the second Invictus Games in Florida this May.

As part of working on this project you will be expected to travel for data collection for prolonged periods of time (3-6 months) to Brazil.

Further details can be found at: http://www.coventry.ac.uk/research/research-students/research-studentships/128792/

Candidate specification:

• a taught Master’s degree in a relevant discipline, involving a dissertation of standard length written in English in the relevant subject area with a minimum of a merit profile: 60% overall module average and a minimum of a 60% dissertation mark
• the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a three-year period of study
• a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)
Specific requirements:
• knowledge and/or experience of Paralympic/disability sport and/or working with people with disabilities
• the ability to speak and read Portuguese would be an advantage but is not essential a willingness to travel to South Africa

To apply, candidates will need to produce:

• The application form
• A 2,000 words proposal detailing your research interests and suggested approach to researching this topic
• Covering letter

To Apply please follow this link: http://www.coventry.ac.uk/research/research-students/how-to-apply/

Closing date 29th February

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