Tailored opportunities: Two PhD position (1. Governing Informal Markets and 2. Water finance in Eastern Africa) at Oxford University

What?

Informal water markets have proliferated in response to rapid urbanisation and increasing competition for freshwater. From Kenya to Kathmandu, tanker operators, packaged water vendors and other small-scale water enterprises operate in diverse settings, ranging from small towns to mega-cities. Despite their prevalence, informal markets are virtually uncharted, particularly their governance and patterns of cooperation, conflict and competition. Myths dominate in the absence of evidence, fuelling perceptions that informal markets prey on the poor and lead inexorably towards inequality and unsustainable outcomes. This study will examine the institutions and political economy of informal water markets in eastern Africa using a mixed-methods approach. The project will start with a systematic review of the institutions governing informal water markets. The study will chart new ground by comparing the emergence, evolution and impacts of informal water markets in Eastern Africa.

Who?

Qualifications for governing informal markets:A commitment to academic excellence with a track record of high impact research • Proven skills in executing empirical research in challenging contexts • Capacity to work independently and as part of a team • Examples of high-quality written work, such as a journal paper or equivalent • Outstanding interpersonal skills to work with multiple stakeholders

Qualifications for water finance: Fluency in writing and speaking in French and English • Proven skills in executing empirical research in rural contexts delivering concrete outputs • Strong quantitative skills with an emphasis on econometrics, finance and statistics • Examples of high-quality written work, such as a journal paper or equivalent • A passion to understand and evaluate rural water interventions to benefit the poor • Outstanding interpersonal skills to work with multiple stakeholders

When?

Application deadline: 12pm/GMT on the 15th November 2019

How?

Suitably qualified candidates wishing to apply for this studentship should submit a CV with details identifying the fit and motivation for the role to Associate Professor Garrick or Professor Hope before making a formal Oxford University application. Formal application can be made here.

Details on these two opportunities are available here and here and general details here.

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