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International Centre for Research in Events Tourism and Hospitality ICRETH Studentships

International Centre for Events Tourism and Hospitality

Rural leisure, ethnicity and exclusion?

In 2004 Trevor Phillips argued that a form of passive apartheid existed in the countryside, to the extent that, without intervention, the countryside could become a ‘no-go’ area for ethnic minorities. A decade on from this suggestion the same challenges remain. The limited existing research in the field has shown that, despite high levels of rural racism, the presumed dominance of whiteness in the countryside has been used to dismiss the relevancy of race as a rural political or policy concern. The countryside is also a space for leisure, but ethnic minorities are visibly absent from rural leisure. This is despite policy and practice interventions to try and increase participation.

While over the last decade there has been a gradual shift towards examining the experiences of minority ethnic groups in rural environments, research into how the English countryside  as a leisure space (re)produces structures of racialised exclusion and sustains white privilege has not been forthcoming. This PhD opportunity would enable interested applicants to explore the role of leisure in the social construction of the countryside, specifically how different ethnic groups negotiate and experience in/exclusion in these spaces. Applicants may consider the intersections between ethnicity and other ‘axes of power’ in order to add to the originality of the work. Applicants are also encouraged to develop innovative approaches in both gathering data and in its analysis.     

Please contact Dr Kate Dashper for further details
Tel: +44(0)113 8123460
Spaces of Dissent: Mega events and the mediation of political conflictualities in two contemporary democracies
With the growing media profile of mega-events such as the Olympic Games and the World Cup, and the significance of those events to the cultural political economy of states wishing to compete as a place where the world can do business, there is an increase in the co-incidence of protest and civil unrest.

How is dissent articulated around the hosting of mega events? What does the media construe as protest and in what ways are those protests connected, or not, to the mega event to which it is construed as responding, within the media articulation of its actions? How is dissent around mega events documented by the dissenters, and how does that documentation differ from that of the media representations of their dissent?

This PhD gives you an opportunity to explore these and other questions, developing your own specific research agenda within the topic, working at the cutting edge of the emerging field of critical event studies with researchers based in the UK and Brazil.

The proposed program will form a foundation for collaboration, within both countries, between academics, social movements and those involved in policy making and implementation at regional and national levels. A number of research approaches, methodologies and philosophies are appropriate for this PhD. It could include a combination of the analysis of media representations of dissent and protest, in depth interviews with key participants, localised focus group discussions and use of suitable individual, memory based, archival materials.

You will be able to develop your own area of interest within this exciting topic, investigating how events, as contested spaces, are presented through a variety of media, in the two identified contemporary democracies.

Considering the area of this PhD, it is not necessary for candidates to be a Portuguese speaker and travelling to Brazil is not essential as the research can be conducted whilst based in the UK.

Please contact Dr Ian Lamond for further details
Tel: +44(0)113 8123816
Sports events, the Middle East and Islam
There is a contemporary trend towards many ‘emerging’ regions outside of the western world hosting, and/or actively seeking to host, international sporting events. One such emerging region is the Middle East, which is composed largely of Islamic countries.

To date, little attention has been given to examining the socio-cultural beliefs and values within Islam - many of which are fundamental to everyday life within non-secular Islamic countries - and the challenges these may present (to both the host nation and the event).

This PhD opportunity would enable interested applicants to explore a range of issues that may arise when an international sporting event is staged in a non-secular Islamic country including, but not limited to: gender segregation, dress codes, diet and alcohol consumption and human rights. Travel to the Middle East is not essential so candidates should consider how access to key informants would be gained via other means. Should to travel to the Middle East be required, expense for this would have to be covered via the candidate.

Please contact Dr Kate Dashper for further details
Tel: +44(0)113 8123460