PhD Study

The Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication offers the possibility to undertake research leading towards a PhD, on a variety of contemporary and historical topics related to publishing and print culture.

More information about the Centre’s research activities is available here. The Centre is part of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Literature & Languages, and by registering for a PhD in the Centre you will join a community of research students and staff. It may also be possible to arrange co-supervision with other Schools in the University. As well as the traditional PhD by thesis, it is also possible to study for a PhD by Publication.

If you are interested in studying for a PhD, please contact the Director of the Centre, Claire Squires.

You can also study for an MRes in Publishing Studies. This programme offers the opportunity to prepare for a PhD through concentrated research.

For details on finance and funding, go to the University of Stirling Postgraduate Finance pages.

See the University’s pages on studying for a research degree here.

Current PhD researchers are:

  • Sarah Boyd: The Publishing Industry in the Digital Ecosystem (Carnegie Trust scholarship)
  • Hannah Fields: Industry Shakeup: Independent Publishing and the Plight for Change
  • Helena Markou: The Shelf-Life of Books: An Exploration of the Lifecycle and Longevity of Books in the UK in the 21st Century (SGSAH/AHRC DTP studentship)
  • Christina Neuwirth: Women of Words: Gender equality in contemporary writing and publishing in Scotland (an SGSAH Creative Economies Studentship; co-supervised with University of Glasgow and Scottish Book Trust)
  • Alice Piotrowska: Publishing in Scotland 1968–2018: From Cultural Heritage to Digital Engagement (University of Stirling match-funded studentship, in partnership with Publishing Scotland and HarperCollins)
  • Louisa Preston: The Nesta/Creative Scotland/AHRC Digital R&D Fund for Arts & Culture in Scotland (co-supervised with the University of St Andrews; co-funded by the University of Stirling, St Andrews and the Nesta/Creative Scotland/AHRC Digital R&D Fund)
  • Ellen Wiles: Live Literature and Cultural Value: An Ethnographic Exploration (AHRC studentship)

Completed PhDs undertaken in the Centre include: