Ph.D. course: 'Consumption, Capitalism and Everyday Life: Understanding the Social Dimensions of the Growth Imperative'

The Centre for Development and the Environment's (SUM) research area on Energy and Consumption and SUM Research School, University of Oslo are pleased to invite applications to the doctoral course ‘Consumption, Capitalism and Everyday Life: Understanding the Social Dimensions of the Growth Imperative ’.

The course will be held in Oslo, Norway, at the Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM), 8 – 10 December, 2014. The application deadline is 15 September, 2014.

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Objective

The principal objective of this PhD course is to connect  “development studies” and “consumption studies”. It approaches the linkages between consumption and socio-economic change from different disciplinary perspectives, drawing on theoretical approaches as well as cases from the global North and South in an attempt to understand the many connections and disconnections between development and consumption.

We wish to enable doctoral students to better understand key concepts, debates and perspectives in consumption and development for the purposes of research and policy making. The lectures cut across geographical scales and cultural, social, political, and economic dimensions.

In addition to lectures, the course will allow researchers conducting Ph.D. research to present their own work and comment on that of others, guided by senior experienced academics who are themselves working in this field.

The syllabus/readings include 1000 pages of literature. There will be a maximum participation of 18 students, and the language of instruction will be English. All participants will be required to submit a draft paper for discussion and comments during the course.

The interdisciplinary nature of the course will appeal to doctoral students from a variety of backgrounds, such as anthropology, sociology, geography, political science, development studies, economics and political economy. Doctoral students will be prioritized. Under special circumstances applications from others may be considered.

No course fees apply and lunches will be provided.

The organisers have some funds available to cover the cost of accommodation (meals not included) for selected students from outside Oslo; if you are in need of such support please state this in your application. Similarly, there is funding available for a limited number of travel scholarships for selected students (please consult point 4 under 'Application procedures').

 

Lecturers

 

  • Alan Warde, Professor of Sociology, University of Manchester, UK

  • Richard Wilk, Professor of Anthropology, Indiana University, USA

  • Hal Wilhite, Professor of Anthropology, Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo, Norway

  • Desmond McNeill, Research Director, Political economist, Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo, Norway

  • Monica Guillen-Royo, Researcher, Economist, Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo, Norway

  • Tanja Winther, Researcher, Anthropologist, Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo, Norway

 

Organisers

This Ph.D. course is organised by the Centre for Development and the Environment's (SUM) research area on Energy and Consumption and SUM Research School, in collaboration with Livelihoods in developing countries - LEVE and Oslo Centre for Research on Environmentally friendly Energy (CREE)

Published June 12, 2014 12:18 PM - Last modified Aug. 8, 2017 12:51 PM