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PhD Research Opportunity - Arts and Tourism

Posted: 29 May, 2019

The College of Arts & Tourism at TU Dublin is seeking applications from candidates interested in a PhD research opportunity in the areas of Arts Festivals and Cultural Engagement.

Objectives of the project

This PhD project will investigate how people experience the arts and culture by engaging with arts festivals. It will further investigate best practise in the festivals sector for promoting meaningful engagement with diverse public cohorts. A key aim is to respond to the Arts Council of Ireland’s (2018) call for greater knowledge about how festivals can increase opportunities for public engagement and participation in the arts.

The project has a number of objectives:

1)      further understanding of how people experience the arts and culture by participating in festivals, in their capacity as audience members or participants of some kind.

2)      examine how diverse public cohorts experience a sense of ‘being engaged’ by arts festivals.

3)      investigate the different kinds of public engagement programmes and initiatives used by arts festivals in Ireland and internationally.

4)      Identify what can be learned from these different models of engagement.

Stipend and academic fee waiver

The successful applicant will receive a stipend of €16,000 per annum through TU Dublin’s College of Arts & Tourism Postgraduate Research Scholarship Scheme for the project’s duration (up to a maximum of four years).

The cost of EU academic fees will be covered for the duration of the project (subject to successful annual evaluations). Non-EU applicants are eligible to take up the project; however, they will be required to fund the fee differential.

The aforementioned stipend and EU academic fee waiver constitute part of a scholarship, and not part of a contract of employment. The successful candidate will be a student, rather than an employee of TU Dublin. 

The candidate


Candidates will be either:

-        a Masters graduate in geography, sociology, cultural studies, arts management, event management or a related discipline awarded at 2.1 or higher; and/or,

-        an outstanding (minimum upper 2:1) Bachelors graduate in geography, sociology, cultural studies, arts management, event management or a related discipline with evidence of high-quality research potential.


Background knowledge or experience in qualitative research (interviews/surveys etc.).

Background knowledge or experience of the festival sector.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted to Dr Bernadette Quinn by email at by June 12th 2019.

A complete application includes:

        i.            A full curriculum vitae,

       ii.            A personal statement outlining motivations for pursuing PhD research and research experience (maximum 500 words), and,

     iii.            A sample of the candidate’s written work (these will not be returned).

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Start Date

Students should be available to start in September 2019.

Further information

For further information or informal discussion regarding the project, contact