PhD Human Rights
Our PhD programme draws upon the expertise of over 80
Human Rights Centre members from different academic disciplines and areas of
human rights interest. Our research community encompasses internationally
renowned scholars whose work ranges from research into the philosophical and
normative bases of human rights, through to more practically-oriented interests
in the legal, political and sociological application of human rights.
Our broad range of human rights expertise is reflected in our
research clusters, which address both contemporary and enduring human rights
PhD Human Rights
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You have the option of being supervised by
Human Rights Centre members, who offer an unrivalled range of expertise in
the research and practice of human rights, covering an extensive number of
Doctoral research opportunities
The Human Rights PhD Triangle offers you the opportunity to present,
disseminate and discuss your research among fellow doctoral students. The
Triangle is a collaborative venture between three of the world’s leading human
rights centres and universities: the University of Cambridge, the London School
of Economics and the Essex Human Rights Centre.
This ongoing series was initiated by the Essex Human Rights Centre in 2011.
One-day research forums are held at least twice a year at each of the partner
institutions with the most recent taking place at Essex in November 2014. The
Triangle aims to promote the development of inter and multi-disciplinary
doctoral research in a way that encourages new perspectives upon existing
scholarship. Membership of the Triangle is open to PhD candidates undertaking
research in any related area of human rights interest.
Doctoral Affiliates Network
Our Doctoral Associates Network is a community of Essex-based PhD students
who are engaged in some related aspect of human rights research and who wish to
benefit from sharing ideas and research within a more multi and
inter-disciplinary environment than would typically be possible within a single
department or discipline. Membership of the Network is open to any
Essex-registered PhD student from any academic department or discipline. The
Network meets regularly throughout the year.
Events include the presentation and discussion of on-going research, career
development seminars and workshops, as well as occasional social events.
Research Students' Conference
Each year we host a Postgraduate Research Students’ conference aimed at
students working within the broad interdisciplinary field of human rights and
social justice. The conference aims to stimulate research on contemporary human
rights issues, problems, challenges and policies, and to facilitate the
dissemination of such research.
As a member of the Consortium of Arts and Humanities South East (CHASE)
PhD Studentships jointly funded by CHASE and
the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
Your eligibility for particular funding routes depends on your proposed
area of research and fees status.
Contact us to discuss your
funding options or visit our fees and
scholarships pages to see the full range of available research funding.
The Human Rights, Big Data and Technology
Project, housed at the Human Rights Centre, has a funded doctoral studentship
available for candidates with a background in law or a related discipline.
This three-year funded studentship will undertake research concerning the (re)
conceptualisation of human rights in the digital age as part of Work Stream
One of the Project.
Studentship on the (Re)conceptualisation of Human Rights in the Digital Age
- Work Stream One: Studentship on technological risks and solutions.
Professional skills development
Our University’s Proficio scheme
develops your skills and knowledge, and increases your employability potential
for careers in academia and industry by providing funding for specialist
training across a range of areas, including researching and managing your PhD,
presenting your work and getting published. For example, each year we run the
Essex Summer School in Human Rights Research Methods, and you can use your
Proficio credit to participate in this course at a reduced cost.
If you have any further questions please
contact us. Enquiries can also be made to
Centre Members working in the research area
you are interested in.
The Human Rights Centre blog is a platform for interdisciplinary discussion on the theory and practice of
human rights. We encourage lively debate on all human rights issues from as many different perspectives as possible.
Book a place at a postgraduate event to find out about studying at a top 20 UK research university. Staff will be
available to answer your questions and you can speak to students about life at Essex.
Proficio is our innovative doctoral training scheme. Our University gives you funding to spend on
a variety of courses, from research skills to personal development and career management.
Our ground-breaking research clusters address issues from children and armed conflict, freedom of expression,
and indigenous peoples to trafficking and prisoners' rights. Our clusters reflect our world-class reputation for human rights research and practice.