White Rose DTC ESRC Networks 2016/17



  • ESRCThese awards are only available to nationals from the UK and EU and are not open to applicants who are liable to pay academic fees at the international fee rate. UK applicants will be eligible for a full award (paying fees and maintenance at standard Research Council rates). EU applicants are normally eligible for a fees only award, unless they have been resident in the UK for 3 years immediately preceding the date of the award.
  • For 1+3 and +3 awards, applicants must hold at least a UK upper second class honours degree or equivalent.
  • Applicants applying for a +3 award must demonstrate that they have already completed the full research training requirements. 

The following ESRC funded studentships are now available starting October 2016.

Title of network: Comparative Historical Perspectives on Crime, Innovation and Social Change
Academic Lead: Henry Yeomans, School of Law, University of Leeds

The White Rose Doctoral Training Centre (comprising the universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York) invites applications for three fully funded ESRC PhD studentships in the area of historical criminology/crime history. The studentships are part of the ‘Comparative Historical Perspectives on Crime, Innovation and Social Change’ network. Each studentship will cover tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and provide an annual maintenance stipend at the standard UK research rate (£14,296 in 2016-17). Studentships are available as either 1+3 (full-time Masters and PhD) or +3 (full-time PhD) depending on the level of experience of the applicant. Further information on each individual studentship is found below.

Studentship topic 1: Crime, Innovation and the Technology of Money. Principal Supervisor: Dr Sarah Wilson, Law School, University of York. Co-supervisor: Dr Henry Yeomans, School of Law, University of Leeds. Applications closed.

Studentship topic 2: Crime, Innovation and Mobility: Transport Migration and Policing in England, 1750-1950. Principal Supervisor: Professor Robert Shoemaker, Department of History, University of Sheffield. Co-supervisor: Dr Mark Roodhouse, Department of History, University of York. Applications closed.

Studentship topic 3: Crime, Innovation and Communications Technologies: Virtual Crime Before and After the Internet. Principal Supervisor: Dr David Churchill, School of Law, University of Leeds. Co-supervisor: Professor Paul Knepper, School of Law, University of Sheffield. See further information. Still available.

Interested parties can find information on how to apply at the links above. More information on the network as a whole can be found here , or by contacting by Dr Henry Yeomans (h.p.yeomans@leeds.ac.uk).


White Rose DTC ESRC Networks promote collaboration across the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York.  The intention is to support interdisciplinary research excellence and develop critical mass in key areas of research with the aim of building long-term research partnerships between the White Rose Universities.

For 2016/17 the WRDTC is offering an additional new Network, as a +3 studentship, on the theme of Comparative Perspectives on Law and Contemporary Social Change. Proposals should address the following:

25588A host of transformative social changes have swept through Western societies in recent years. Austerity economics has become the dominant political leitmotif of our times but, in various jurisdictions, it is connected to equally important developments around welfare reforms, the role of markets in social and political life, and the expanding role for private or third sector providers in various public services. Moreover, these political and economic debates have unfolded alongside a backdrop of wider social processes connected to, for example, ongoing societal transformations resulting from technological changes, attempts by liberal democratic societies to manage complex issues of population and migration, and the uneven development of cities and regions. In these contexts, the role of the law as a regulatory tool, that can both inform social change and be informed by social change, becomes fundamentally important.

It is crucial, therefore, that academic research advances understandings of the relationship between law and social change. How do major social changes impact upon law? How can and should the law respond to new and ongoing social changes? Can the law or other forms of regulation affect meaningful social change consistent with key values and concerns such as justice, equality and security? And, especially in the midst of ongoing spending cuts, are formal legal responses even capable of keeping pace with rapid social change?

These societal transformations, and the challenging questions they raise, are currently being faced by many Western and non-Western societies. Parallel or related phenomena have also been extensively encountered in other historical periods. There is, therefore, considerable scope for comparative analysis of contemporary social and legal change. Examining certain issues within other social or historical contexts can deepen understandings of the challenges we collectively face and help to identify just and effective ways for societies to respond to them. Given this, a network studentship call themed around ‘comparative perspectives on law, crime and contemporary social economic, political, technological change’ would be timely, potentially impactful and help to build on the recent research success of legal scholarship across the DTC.