Fully funded PhD opportunity: Development in Postcolonial West Africa

The University of Liverpool and our content provider The National Archives have announced the availability of a fully funded collaborative doctoral studentship, under the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) scheme.

The topic of the doctoral studentship is Development in Postcolonial West Africa: Building the Nation.

Using The National Archives extensive collections the project will investigate how the West African ‘built environment’ has been shaped to respond to various political, economic, and welfare demands and ambitions. The particular timeframe will cover the transition from colonial rule into independence period. After tracking these broader notions across ‘British West Africa’, the project will pursue a narrower focus on one of the four former British colonies.

The aim of the project is to investigate how political ideas, and notions surrounding identity, nationhood, and statecraft are expressed or manifest through the built environment.

Start date: 1st October 2021

Applications due: 25th May 2021

Interviews planned for 22nd June 2021.

More information on funding and how to apply here: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/studentships/building-the-nation/?

Picture: West Africa and the First World War, via The National Archives.

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