SCDTP Studentship for Agenda-setting impacts of public participation
University of Southampton Politics & International Relations
United Kingdom

SCDTP Studentship - Agenda-setting impacts of public participation



Politics & International Relations

Location:  Highfield Campus

Salary:   £15009

(19/20 UKRI rate)

Closing Date:  Tuesday 18 June 2019

Reference:  1080018CC



Agenda-setting impacts of public participation


A fully funded studentship awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) commencing in 2019/20 Academic Year.


Supervisory Team:


Dr. Matt Ryan (, Prof. Will Jennings


‘Ordinary citizens’ (that is people who are not politicians, professional lobbyists, journalists or other members of the political class) can try to influence politics between elections. Sometimes, they are invited to consultations by government. Sometimes groups of active citizens organise themselves in movements by protesting or organising campaigns. Yet we know little about when and why policymakers respond to these collective political acts by citizens outside election time. This project will use advance quantitative methods including time-series analysis and fuzzy-set analysis to identify the conditions under which ordinary citizens are most likely to influence agendas of lawmakers.


Skills Required


The project would require a multi method approach and would suit a 1+3 as well as a +3 candidate with the relevant skills. +3 candidates require skills in handling and merging large-N statistical data, performing statistical analysis, and some familiarity with methodological implications of quantifying qualitative data. The project will involve the use of data from the above-mentioned ESRC datasets as well as the comparative agendas project and the participedia project.




South Coast DTP Funding provides an annual maintenance grant (tax free) of £15,009 (2019/20 UKRI 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


Application Procedure


The closing date and time for applications is 4.00pm on 18th June 2019.  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

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