Doctoral position on transformation of philanthrophy, Belgium

Doctoral position on transformation of philanthrophy, Belgium

The Centre for Social Economy at HEC-Management School, Université de Liège, is seeking applications for a 1-4 year PhD position. The deadline is 15 September 2016.

The PhD position, situated within the framework of the Baillet Latour Chair in Philanthropy and Social Investment, will address emerging forms of philanthropy that display innovation in their purposes as well in their means. Specifically, the qualitative research will investigate the grounds for the transformation of philanthropy in Europe, by focusing on two
fields: (1) the said “venture philanthropists” or “impact investors”, with a qualitative investigation of their profiles, motivations and giving practices; (2) the young philanthropists, with an exploration of what the young people bring to philanthropy and how they foster its transformation.

Moreover, the doctoral student is expected to collaborate in a multidisciplinary research team, write articles for international peer-reviewed scientific journals and contribute to some teaching tasks of the Chair. The student will apply to the doctoral school in management sciences, which is organized together with Solvay-ULB and Université de Mons
(including a one-year part time doctoral training).

Professor Virginie Xhauflair will supervise the research. The initial appointment will be for one year. After satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, it can be extended for a total duration of 4 years. In addition, the candidate
will have to apply for PhD research grant.

Profile of the candidate:
– Holder of a master in Management, Sociology or Social Sciences
– High-quality academic trajectory
– Team-worker
– Motivation, autonomy and pro-activity
– Excellent research and writing skills
– Excellent fluency in English (written and spoken) – French and/or other languages are additional assets

Applicants should send by e-mail to Amélie Mernier
– A full CV with grades for each study year
– A motivation letter of max. two pages describing their abilities and
motivations regarding the research topic
– A copy of the student’s master thesis
– The references of two scholars who could be contacted to comment on the
candidate’s profile

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