ESRC Doctoral Training Programme PhD studentship on Education, extremism and utopian thinking
University of Nottingham

ESRC Doctoral Training Programme PhD studentship on Education, extremism and utopian thinking

United Kingdom 03 Mar 2021


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Closing Date Wednesday, 3rd March 2021

Department Politics and International Relations

Midlands Graduate School are now inviting applications for an ESRC Doctoral Training Programme PhD studentship on the topic Education, extremism and utopian thinking, to commence in October 2021. The project will be jointly supervised by Professor Michael Hand (School of Education, University of Birmingham) and Dr David Stevens (School of Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham). The successful applicant will be based at the University of Birmingham.

A salient feature of the extremist mindset is the belief that no price is too high to pay for the achievement of some utopian ideal. With schools in the UK and elsewhere now tasked with building children’s resistence to extremism, the questions of what we should make of this belief, and whether and how we might properly discourage people from holding it, have become pressing ones. The aim of this theoretical research project is to develop and defend answers to these questions.

Co-supervised by a philosopher of education and a political philosopher, the studentship-holder will use the analytical and argumentative methods of philosophy to diagnose the problem with the belief that utopian considerations trump all others and to develop a normative account of how educators should address it.

More information on the studentship can be found here:

The Midlands Graduate School is an accredited Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). One of 14 such partnerships in the UK, the Midlands Graduate School is a collaboration between the Universities of Warwick, Aston, Birmingham, Leicester, Loughborough and Nottingham. 

Application Process

To apply, please complete the Joint Studentship application form available here and email this, along with two references, to The deadline for applications is Wednesday 3 March 2021.

Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP 

Our ESRC studentships cover fees at the home rate, a maintenance stipend and access to research activity support grants. Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements listed here: 

Informal enquiries about the project prior to application can be directed to Professor Michael Hand (

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