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Collaborative Doctoral Award – TECHNE2 Doctoral training partnership

In 2024 the Museum of London moves to West Smithfield as part of ‘Culture Mile’, an initiative to create a new cultural area in the City of London. This move provides an exciting opportunity to work with the Museum of London and Brunel University London on a fully funded action-research based PhD to analyse how a new museum enters into dialogue with its surrounding neighbourhood to become, create or inform a new civic space. The exact topic of the PhD will be decided by the student in conjunction with supervisors. We expect the proposed PhD project to draw on a mixed methods approach to interrogating how the mission, collections, programmes, public engagement activities and morphology of the new Museum of London relate spatially, symbolically and experientially to its neighbourhood – the built environment, social interactions and everyday practices of Smithfield.


This proposed interdisciplinary PhD will make an important contribution to understanding what strategies city museums should develop before and during their move to new locations in order to incorporate sympathetically existing senses of place in their design and activities. The project provides the opportunity to inform key aspects of museum planning and to develop a ‘toolkit’ to measure the spatial-symbolic-experiential transformations of Smithfield instigated by the Museum of London’s move.

The Studentship is available as full-time. Successful applicants for a Full-time award will receive an annual maintenance stipend of approximately £17009 per year (2019-20) RCUK rate paid monthly in advance ) for the period of their award .plus Fees at the current RCUK rate for Full time


The supervisory team will be Dr Monica Degen (Brunel University London) and Lauren Parker (Head of Creative Partnerships, Museum of London). We welcome applicants from a range of academic backgrounds: human geography, the arts and humanities, creative industries, museum studies, digital studies and urban sociology/anthropology.


Please check eligibility criteria on the following web-page before applying:


any further questions please contact techne@brunel.ac.uk 

How to apply



Applicants are encouraged to contact Dr Monica Degen (monica.degen@brunel.ac.uk)to discuss their project in more detail prior to completing the application form.For further details on how to apply please click on the web page below and scroll to how to apply.


Completed applications must be emailed to  techne@brunel.ac.uk by no later than 5pm on 3rd January 2020 . Please note interviews will be held by 15th January 2020.


For any further information if required.3rd January 2020 email monica.degen@brunel.ac.uk