KESS 2 East studentship on Understanding sectoral strengths: developing the tools to analyse priority economic sectors and activity in the Cardiff Capital Region

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    Cardiff University
    United Kingdom
    Social sciences



The main aim of the project is to establish a robust methodology for identifying key economic sectors and consumption activity in the Cardiff Capital Region (CCR). This is intended to help the Economic Growth Partnership and the CCR Cabinet understand the sectoral strengths and weaknesses of the region, and to have robust and timely data on different sectoral performance and local consumption behaviours to inform key investment decisions. A further aim of this project is to critically reflect upon the role of sectoral approaches in addressing the place-based economic challenges in the region.

What is funded

Full UK/EU tuition fees

Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum

Stipend of circa £14,000 per annum as well as around £9k project support costs available for consumables, travel, minor equipment, training (including the KESS Grad School) and conference attendance.

UK Research Council eligibility conditions apply


3 years


You will have a first class or strong second class honours degree and appropriate masters degree in spatial planning / human geography or cognate discipline. Training will be provided in requisite digital skills and data visualisations.

Applicants must:

• have a home address in East Wales area (details below) * at the time of registration.

• have the right to take up paid work in the East Wales area* on completion of the scholarship.

• be classified by the University as ‘home’ or ‘EU’ for tuition fees purposes according to the University’s guidelines.

• satisfy Cardiff University’s Entry Requirements

*East Wales area covers: Vale of Glamorgan/Cardiff/ Newport/Monmouthshire/Powys/Wrexham/Flintshire

It is a condition of eligibility for KESS2 funding that you have not applied for, nor are intending to apply for, a doctoral or research master’s loan.

Please read clause (3) (m) of The Education (Postgraduate Doctoral Degree Loans) (Wales) Regulations 2018 for more information.



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