PhD in Digital Transformations in the Global South

Updated: 9 months ago
Deadline: 20 Dec 2019

The Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC) invites applications for a Ph.D. position investigating the proliferation and consequences of new media and digital transformations in countries from world regions such as Asia, Africa and/or Latin America.

The central objective is to advance our understanding of how new media and digital transformations affect societal conditions and developments and how new media ecologies shape governmental, corporate and civil society practices and relations in the global South. The empirical focus can be put on local, national and transnational dynamics (including on their linkages to the global North), and/or on specific, organisations, institutions and/or populations.

Applicants are required to develop a theoretically grounded research proposal with a clear empirical focus. We invite interested candidates from different disciplinary backgrounds in the social and human sciences, such as development studies, media and communication studies, business and management studies, culture studies, political science and international relations, sociology, anthropology, and geography.

Priority is given to applicants with

  • High grades from their universities. For enrollment in the PhD School, the applicant must have achieved the grade of ten on the 7-point grading scale (or the equivalent) on their master’s thesis (see info on equivalents and grade conversion: ).
  • A background in the social sciences and/or the humanities, and a strong interest in and curiosity towards doing theoretical and empirical research related to the Global South
  • An interest in joining the Department’s research environments

MSC carries out multidisciplinary research on the relationship between business and society. Its faculty explore the conditions and practices of responsible management, organisation and governance in a globalising world, sharing a particular concern with culture, communication and context as lenses to understand the interaction and interdependencies of business and society. MSC’s contribution to the study of responsible business and governance is organised around various research environments.

Further information .

The successful PhD applicant will be a member of the Departments’ Centre for Business and Development studies (CBDS) as well as the Communication, Organization and Governance Cluster (COG). It is required that the applicant indicates how the planned PhD research can contribute to these two research environments in particular. CBS PhD graduates are held in high esteem not only in academia and research institutions but also in government and business where their research qualifications are increasingly demanded. Copenhagen Business School has a broad commitment to the excellence, distinctiveness and relevance of its teaching and research programs.

The three-year PhD programme at CBS allows you to conduct research under the supervision of CBS professors, supported by research training courses. The programme is highly international, and you are expected to participate in international research conferences and to spend time abroad as a visiting PhD student. See the CBS homepage for more information about the PhD programme, .

For further information please contact: Head of Department Dorte Salskov-Iversen, tel.: +45 3815 3181, e-mail .

Information about the department may be found at .

Appointment and salary will be in accordance with the Ministry of Finance’s agreement with the Central Academic Organisation.

General information
A PhD scholarship runs for a period of 3 years, and includes teaching obligations equivalent of ½ year’s work (840 work hours). The scholarships are fully salaried positions, according to the national Danish collective agreement. The scholarship includes the tuition fees, office space, travel grants plus a salary, currently starting with per month app. DKK 27.363 up to DKK 33.045 depending on seniority, plus a pension contribution totalling 17,1 % of 85 per cent of the base salary.

The salary level and appointment is determined by the Ministry of Finance’s collective agreement with the Central Academic Organisation.

The PhD student will be enrolled at PhD School in Organisation and Management Studies.

To be considered, the candidate should have a basic training at the Masters level (similar to the 3 + 2 Bologna process). An educational background in the social sciences is necessary. The applicant must have successfully completed the Masters degree before commencing PhD at CBS. The applicants must be fluent in English.

The application (see link below) must include a 5 page project description. This research proposal should contain a presentation of an original research question, a description of the initial theoretical framework and methodology, a presentation of the suggested empirical material as well as a work-plan.
In addition to the research proposal, the application must include copies of a Master’s degree certificate or other certificates of a corresponding level along with a grade transcript, brief curriculum vitae (CV), a list of papers and publications, and one copy of a selected written work (e.g. Master’s thesis). Applicants must enclose documentation for English language skills.

Recruitment procedure
The Recruitment Committee expects to shortlist at least two-five applicants to be assessed by the Assessment Committee. All applicants will be notified of their status in the recruitment process shortly after the application deadline.

Applicants selected for assessment will be notified about the composition of the Assessment Committee and later in the process about the result of the assessment.

Once the recruitment process is completed each applicant will be notified of the outcome of their application.
Please find guidelines and further information on scholarships and the Doctoral Programme at

Application must be sent via the electronic recruitment system, using the link below.

Copenhagen Business School must receive all application material, including all appendices (see items above), by the application deadline.

Details about Copenhagen Business School and the department are available at .

Application due: 11/20/2019

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