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Dear colleagues,
Due to the unusual combination of skills and training required for the 
following PhD grant that we are offering for joint supervision in 
Politics and Maths at the University of Leicester (UK), I am sending 
this email in a targeted manner to those of you who might have contact 
with post-graduate students with relevant skills/training. Please 
distribute in your e-lists and among your PG students.
Thanks and best wishes,
Laura Morales

  Graduate Research Assistantship in Politics and Mathematics - Analysis
  of Migrant Organisational Networks in Europe

The Leicester Migration Network in collaboration with the Department of 
Politics and International Relations and the Department of Mathematics 
is pleased to offer a funded Graduate Research Assistantship for 
September 2015 entry to its Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme. The 
closing date for receipt of applications is 19 April 2015.

This Graduate Research Assistantship is available for full-time 
registration. The successful applicant will receive a full UK/EU tuition 
fee waiver for four years subject to annual progress review.

The successful applicant will receive an annual stipend of £9,901 and 
salary of approximately £4,156. The successful applicant will also have 
access to a Research Training Support Grant worth £750 each year to help 
cover costs associated with their research work.

The Graduate Research Assistant will be responsible both to the main 
supervisor (Professor Laura Morales) and the Leicester Migration Network 
coordinators (Dr Leah Bassel and Dr Marc Scully). They will be expected 
to undertake research-related duties within the Department of Politics 
and International Relations and the Leicester Migration Network - not 
normally exceeding eight hours per week - while undertaking research 
leading to a PhD.

Approximately 80% of their time will be spent on their doctoral research 
and 20% on their GRA responsibilities. Training is provided to help 
Graduate Research Assistants develop their research related skills and 
enhance their professional competencies. The Graduate Research Assistant 
will also be allocated shared office space within the Department of 
Politics and International Relations.

This Graduate Research Assistantship is open to applicants wishing to 
pursue doctoral research on the *Analysis of Migrant Organisational 
Networks in Europe*. The successful applicant will be based in the 
Department of Politics and International Relations under the  
supervision of Professor Laura Morales 
<> (Politics 
and International Relations) and Professor Alexander Gorban 

The doctoral project would draw from the vast amount of network 
information available - and currently under-analyzed - of the FP6 
project Localmultidem <> led by Professor 
Morales and completed in 2009. That project led to a large number of 
outcomes based on a survey undertaken to representative samples of 
individuals of both migrant and autochthonous/majority populations in 10 
European cities (Barcelona, Budapest, Geneva, London, Lyon, Madrid, 
Milan, Oslo, Stockholm, and Zurich). However, another major component of 
that project was a survey undertaken with the representatives of the 
civil society organisations of all the migrant groups studied in all 
these cities (except Oslo), plus Murcia (Spain). This survey enquired 
about the multiple connections, collaborations and joint activities 
undertaken by the migrant organisations interviewed both with other 
migrant organisations and with autochthonous/majority population 
organisations in their respective cities. The result is a very rich 
dataset on organisational connections and fields that can be analysed 
from many different empirical and theoretical perspectives.

The successful applicant will join the Leicester Migration Network 
actively, as well as other initiatives through the Parties, 
Participation, and Public Opinion Research Cluster 
and the Leicester Inter-Disciplinary Workshop on Elections, Public 
Opinion, Participation, and Parties 

This Graduate Research Assistantship will be of particular interest to 
those who hold a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Maths (STEM) 
undergraduate degree and can show an interest - as indicated by a 
specialisation in the Masters degree and dissertation - in the areas of 
migration, associations, and/or political participation. Applicants who 
hold an undergraduate degree in a social science subject but can show 
postgraduate-level training in mathematics and/or computer sciences will 
also be considered.

Further details and instructions on how to apply are available on

Kind regards,
Laura Morales

Prof Laura Morales
Professor in Comparative Politics

Department of Politics and International Relations
University of Leicester
University Road
Leicester LE1 7RH, UK

Tel:  +44 (0)116 252 2727
Fax: +44 (0)116 252 5082
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