Funded PhD positions

PhD positions: Coventry University, UK, and Erasmus University, Rotterdam, invite applications for two, fully-funded PhD positions (one at each university). The successful applicants will join a team of historians working on Historical Tensions between International Business and National Taxation – a four-year project commencing in Spring 2022.

 Historical Tensions between International Business and National Taxation: A Challenge for Europe Today 

A team of business historians from the University of Bayreuth (Germany), Erasmus University (Rotterdam), Charles University (Prague), and Coventry University (UK), are being funded by the VolkswagenStiftung for a project that aims to analyse the historical dynamic of the conflict of interest in relation to taxation between nation states and multi-national enterprise (MNE). The historical cases examined in the project aim to reveal the complexity of multi-layered interaction between states and MNE, and the long historical path-dependence of MNE and their global network of specialists. 

Coventry University and Erasmus University are now inviting applications from suitably-qualified graduates for fully-funded PhD studentships – one to be held at each university – to join the team in May 2022 and start work on the project. The successful candidates will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills. In addition, the studentships include funding and support for participation, together with the project’s other PhD students, in various European PhD education programmes, such as summer schools and courses. 

The Coventry University PhD project comprises a case study of BP in the course of the twentieth century. Against a background of international ideological ruptures (First World War, 1930s Great Depression, Second World War, de-colonisation, the coming of the Iron Curtain and fall of the Berlin Wall), the CU project will also focus on the nationalisation policies of the postwar Labour government, and the progressive privatization of BP from 1979 under Thatcher. 

For further details please contact Professor Neil Forbes n.forbes[at]coventry.ac.uk 

The Erasmus University PhD project comprises a case study of the Anglo-Dutch Unilever since the merger in 1930. Against a background of major international ruptures (1930s Great Depression, Second World War, de-colonisation, the coming of the Iron Curtain and fall of the Berlin Wall) this project will focus on Unilever’s connections to other multinational companies in the UK and the Netherlands and particularly its relations with the Dutch and British governments. Command of the Dutch and English languages is a precondition. 

For further details please contact Professor Ben Wubs wubs[at]eshcc.eur.nl 

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