PhD studentship: EU Citizenship and Euroscepticism in the UK

Posted on 11 February 2015

ESRC-funded White Rose DTC Network studentship


White Rose ESRC Network: EU Citizenship and Free Movement

Department or Theme

“EU Citizenship and Euroscepticism in the UK”

Principal supervisor: Charlotte O’Brien (York Law School)

Co-supervisor: Simon Lightfoot (POLIS, Leeds)

Deadline for applications

17 March 2015

PhD studentship: EU Citizenship and Euroscepticism in the UK

This PhD studentship at the University of York is one of three being offered as part of an ESRC White Rose DTC Network Studentship on “EU Citizenship and Free Movement”. Details of the other two studentships at the University of Leeds and University of Sheffield are available from the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre. Those interested in the Network are encouraged to apply for only one of the available studentships.

The Network Studentships are funded by the ESRC and supervised by the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre. Supervision will be coordinated across the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre involving the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield, and York.

All the studentships start in the 2015/16 academic year and are tenable for three years.

York studentship

This project provides an exciting and timely opportunity to analyse the relationship between (largely Eurosceptic) political rhetoric and the legal instruments that shape the rights of EU migrants in the UK. The project will be especially topical in light of the results of the 2015 general election, and the 2014 European Parliament elections.

The project will research the effects of political and legal actions that reduce the rights of EU migrants in the UK. Through the primary supervisor, the successful candidate will be provided with access to an excellent source of rich data - social policy evidence gathered and held by Citizens Advice Bureaux in the region.

This analysis will make it possible to explore big questions, for example, the relationship between political and legal acts, the role of perceived ‘popular opinion’, and whether we are seeing the emergence of an new dynamic between politics and the law. It may also raise questions about the role and limits of equal treatment, and fundamental rights.

Interdisciplinary, inter-institutional supervision is offered. The principal supervisor is Dr Charlotte O’Brien (Law, York) and the co-supervisor is Dr Simon Lightfoot (Politics, Leeds). For more information on this studentship, please contact either or


Craven and Harrogate Districts CAB are a formal collaborator, and are linked with bureaux throughout the region. There is also the possibility of working with the AIRE (Advice on Individual Rights in Europe) Centre, who take on high level court cases.


A full standard studentship consists of academic fees together with a maintenance grant paid at standard Research Council rates. Generally, UK students will be eligible for a full award and other European Union applicants will be eligible for an award paying academic fees only, except in cases where residency in the UK has been established for more than 3 years prior to the start of the programme of study.

Application Procedure

Applicants for the studentship need to:


Applications should be submitted by the deadline of 17.00 on the 17th of March 2015.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview on the 31st of March.