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PhD Studentship - Emerging Sports in Serbia, University of Central Lancashite‏

Applications are invited for a full-time scholarship available in the
School of Sport, Tourism & The Outdoors. The scholarship is tenable for
up to 3 years for a PhD and is open to international applicants only.
UK/EU applicants are not eligible to apply. The scholarship will cover
the cost of tuition fees for 3 years.
Project Title:
Emerging Sports in Serbia: A case study of rugby league and cricket
Project Description:
The project will involve a case-study of two emerging sports in Serbia,
rugby league and cricket. A particular aim of the study is to examine
how these sports engage with and foster key dimensions of contemporary
policy agendas, including social cohesion, integration and
reconciliation. The study will involve a detailed examination of the
organisational working of these sports, their histories in Serbia, their
local demographics and their relationship with the international HQ
Sport is seen within Serbia as an important aspect of that country’s
preparation for acceptance into the European Union. Accordingly, the
study will look at how these sports are playing their small part in this
process, especially in terms of explicit compliance with the EU agenda
on sport. The working relationship with the Serbian Ministry of Sport
and Youth will also be studied. In disciplinary terms the project will
operate at the intersection of the sociology of sport, organisations,
and community. The methodology is intended to be qualitative, relying on
fieldwork interviewing and document analysis. Access to both the Serbian
Rugby League Federation and the Serbian Cricket Federation has been
established by the project supervisor. Field-work for the project will
be centred in Belgrade. The successful student will need to be fluent
(spoken and written) in both Serbian and English languages.
Applicants should have, or expect to receive a qualification equivalent
to a high class UK honours degree. The project will suit students with a
social science background and related qualifications in areas such as
sociology, social anthropology, international relations and political
Informal project related enquiries may be directed by email to
Professor John Hughson
Application Forms can be found at:
Completed application forms should be emailed to
The closing date for applications to the Graduate Research Office:
Friday 13 May 2011 5pm British Summer Time
Proposed Interview Date: To be advised