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Applications invited for LISS-DTP ESRC Collaborative Studentship


The School of Geography is still accepting applications for 'Transmitting In/equality Across Borders: Shifting Inheritance Practices and Outcomes among Indian Migrants in London' – a collaborative studentship funded the London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS-DTP) and the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC). Deadline for applications is: Friday 27 April 2018. 

Project description:

Investigations of migrants’ inheritance practices and outcomes are limited in multi-disciplinary migration and inheritance studies. This omission is surprising given that more than a billion people are migrants, 244 million of whom are international migrants. Situated within conceptual and empirical lacunae, this project aims to interrogate the migration-development nexus. At its core is a concern to make visible the extent and patterns of transnational inheritance among migrant men and women, and examine how these are mediated by gender and class; interrogate the formal and informal mechanisms through which migrants’ inheritance rights are negotiated, maintained and translated and assess the extent to which inherited assets translate into economic security and productivity. Focusing on skilled and semi-skilled Indian migrants living in London, a mixed method research strategy will be deployed, entailing a questionnaire survey with migrants; qualitative interviews with migrant men and women as well as wealth and asset managers, solicitors and other financial advisors who mediate migrant inheritance, as well as an analysis of migrants’ wills. Collaborative outputs beyond the thesis will include Briefing Reports and a workshop bringing together academics, policy makers and industry practitioners.

  • Academic leadProfessor Kavita Datta, QMUL
  • Co-supervisorProfessor Alastair Owens, QMUL 
  • Partner: Dr Omar Khan, Runnymede Trust
  • Funding: LISS-DTP ESRC Collaborative Studentship, 1+3 (MRes Global Development Futures and 3-year PhD) OR 3-year PhD (if the candidate has relevant masters degree)
  • Application deadline: Friday 27 April 2018

For further details on the project please see: ESRC CASE Transmitting In/Equality Across Borders project - full details [PDF 255KB]. Applications must be made through the LISS-DTP website. Please do not hesitate to contact the academic lead Professor Kavita Datta to discuss the details of the proposed project. 

To be considered, all applications must include:

These materials should be sent BOTH to and the academic lead indicated for the project.

Students applying for CASE studentships must meet the ESRC eligibility guidelines in terms of UK/EU residency status and academic qualifications, specifically core social science research methods training that must already have been undertaken (for +3 awards) or will be undertaken at Masters level (for 1+3 awards).

Please see the LISS-DTP website for further details.



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