PhD Scholarship in Business and Human Rights Reporting at University of St. Andrews, Scotland

Applications invited for a PhD Scholarship in Business and Human Rights Reporting

‌The School of Management at the University of St Andrews and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) are pleased to announce a funded PhD scholarship, awarded under the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science(SGSSS) Collaborative Award Scheme. Applications are invited from highly qualified and motivated applicants to take up this new PhD scholarship opportunity.

Project Description

The UN Human Rights Council unanimously endorsed the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (GPs) in 2011. This marks a pivotal moment in the development of norms and standards on corporate social responsibility (CSR). Now at their implementation stage, a key element in the development of the GPs will be the reporting and assurance of business and human rights. To this end, Shift and Mazars co-facilitated the Human Rights Reporting and Assurance Frameworks Initiative (RAFI) and have subsequently launched The Reporting Framework (the Framework) -

Within the context of these important developments, the proposed research aims to explore emerging practice in the area of business and human rights reporting and assurance. The research will explore the impact of the Framework in terms of companies' due diligence practice, management of business relationships and reporting practice. The research will also explore early developments in assurance practice in this area.

‌By facilitating an understanding of emerging practice on business and human rights reporting, this research will have the potential to shape guidance and regulatory developments in this area. It will be of interest to national governments, national human rights commissions and professional accounting bodies and ICAS will assist with dissemination of the findings in order to maximise the impact of the research.

Management of the Study

The primary supervisor for the PhD will be Professor John Ferguson, University of St Andrews, in collaboration with ICAS.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying you should submit a CV and cover letter by email (ideally sent as a single file) to Prof. John Ferguson ([email protected]) by Friday 27 May 2016.

The CV and cover letter should include:

  • Why your background makes you suitable for the role.
  • Why the projects is of interest to you.
  • A short summary of any relevant work you have undertaken in this area.

Informal enquires about the project can be made by contacting Prof. John Ferguson ([email protected]).

Elibility Criteria

Applicants must hold a first class or good 2.1 undergraduate degree and a relevant Masters degree. Applicants must also meet UK (full award) or EU (fees only) residency criteria. More information can be found on eligibility here

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