Masters Scholarship Opportunity

 

Are you interested in researching how private investment is transforming welfare politics, policy, and services?

 

Applications are invited for a one-year Masters scholarship as part of a research project entitled "Welfare capital and the new welfare state: A comparative study of privately financed welfare services in the Anglophone world". This project is led by Dr. Tom Baker and funded by the Royal Society of New Zealand’s Marsden Fund.

 

The research project examines privately financed models of welfare provision, such as crowd-funding and social impact bonds. It includes qualitative case studies based in New Zealand as well as Australia, Britain, Canada, Ireland, and the United States. The project aims to better understand the ways in which private investment—or ‘welfare capital’—is shaping the welfare state. It will generate insights by (1) analysing how and why privately financed welfare services have come about, and (2) assessing changes, challenges, and implications that are unfolding as a result.

 

The successful applicant will develop their own empirical and/or theoretical focus within the broader research project. A wide range of topics can be negotiated, but topics of particular interest include (1) crowd-funding as a method of financing welfare provision, and (2) the roles and perspectives of Māori organisations toward privately financed welfare provision.

 

The student will be based in the Geography program within the School of Environment at the University of Auckland. The scholarship includes tuition fees and a living stipend valued at NZ $17,000 p.a. (tax exempt) for one year. The preferred start date for the scholarship is March 2017, but July and December start dates will be considered. There is scope for two scholarships to be awarded if suitable applicants are found.

 

It is expected that the candidate will hold a high quality Honours degree in human geography, sociology, politics, or a cognate field, have experience or interest in public policy, and be able to demonstrate an aptitude for qualitative research. Both New Zealand and Australian applicants are eligible to apply. Applicants from a Māori background are particularly encouraged. Applicants must meet the University’s selection criteria for entry into a Master of Arts(http://www.arts.auckland.ac.nz/en/about/programmes/master-of-arts.html) or Master of Science (http://www.science.auckland.ac.nz/en/about/our-programmes/op-msc.html).

 

Please direct any enquiries to Tom Baker at t.baker@auckland.ac.nz.

 

Interested applicants should send their curriculum vitae (including contact details for two referees) with a one-page cover letter and academic transcripts to t.baker@auckland.ac.nz. Applications will be reviewed from 12 December, but applicants are encouraged apply after that date.​


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Dr Tom Baker
Lecturer in Human Geography
School of Environment
University of Auckland

+64 9 923 8554
t.baker@auckland.ac.nz
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