The Knowledge Quarter PhD placement provides opportunities for PhD students to develop and apply transferable research skills outside of the university sector.
The Knowledge Quarter (KQ) is a partnership of 59 academic, cultural, research, scientific and media organisations located in a one-mile radius around King’s Cross, Euston Road and Bloomsbury. Collectively, the geographic area of the Knowledge Quarter contains possibly the greatest knowledge cluster anywhere in the world. The KQ links world centres of research, science, higher education, culture and media to create opportunities for knowledge exchange, collaboration and partnership. Partners include the British Museum, the University of the Arts London, Google, the Digital Catapult, Wellcome Trust, The Guardian and the British Library.
The PhD student will be directly involved in the Knowledge Quarter, delivering a major piece of policy research and interacting with a number of senior stakeholders from the KQ’s partner organisations.
The placement student’s principle task will be to conduct a basic economic impact analysis of the Knowledge Quarter, defined as its 59 partner organisations. It is expected that the analysis will produce some quantitative analysis (such as the direct and indirect impact in terms of jobs and GDP) and qualitative analysis on partner organisation’s contribution to the local area and knowledge economy. This may involve collecting data from partner organisations and other external stakeholders, conducting interviews with partner organisations, and running workshops.
This position would be ideal for someone looking to gain experience and pursue a career in a think tank, public affairs or third sector policymaking and research. The student would be expected to take responsibility for delivering the project and undertake a fair amount of internal and external stakeholder engagement.
Please note that all applications must be approved by the applicant’s PhD supervisor and Graduate Tutor (or equivalent senior academic manager).
The application deadline is 4pm on Friday, 19 February 2016.