[MaFLa] Fwd: FW: [cits-alerts] Durham University - Two PhD studentships in Science and Policy: Further details

Laszlo E. Szabo leszabo at phil.elte.hu
Sat Jan 19 23:09:13 CET 2013

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Subject: [cits-alerts] Durham University - Two PhD studentships in Science  
and Policy: Further details

Durham University - Two PhD studentships in Science and Policy: Further  

The Department of Philosophy at Durham University and Centre for  
Humanities Engaging Science and Society (CHESS) are inviting applications  
for two full-time, three-year PhD positions in philosophy of the natural,  
social and policy sciences, starting in October, 2013. Suitable candidates  
should have a Masters degree (with merit or distinction) or equivalent, an  
interest in ʻscience and policyʼ and are expected to work in one of the  
six areas below. We are especially interested in work on these topics that  
interfaces with climate science, medicine, economics and other social  
sciences, and social policy.

1.      Evidence, conviction, endeavour

The nature of scientific evidence; evidence-based medicine; evidence-based  
social policy; hierarchies of evidence; non-randomised and randomised  
experiments; theory and practice of measurement.

2.      Expertise

The nature of scientific expertise; problems of legitimacy and extension;  
experts in democracy; experts versus mechanical objectivity; the nature of  
tacit knowledge.

3.      Moral and social order

Visions of well-ordered and disordered, decent and indecent societies;  
strategies of creating and maintaining order in society; the nature and  
role of institutions; justifying economic systems; studies of specific  

4.      Narratives, modelling and representation

Models and representation in science; representation in art versus  
representation in the sciences; literary methods and thought experiments  
in the sciences and humanities; narratives as evidence; understanding and  

5.      Modality and power

Causality and causal powers; theories of causation; causal inference;  

6.      Values in science and policy

What role values play and why; whose values and who decides; well-ordered  
science; areas of special concern, e.g. genetic engineering, human subject  
research, politically sensitive issues where scientific results matter.

Primary supervisors of PhD dissertations will be CHESS directors  
Professors Nancy Cartwright, Julian Reiss or associate director Dr Wendy  
Parker. Successful candidates are expected to contribute to the research  
environment at the Centre. There is no formal closing date for these  
posts, but we will review applications as they come in and applications  
coming in after 11 March cannot be guaranteed full consideration.

Ahead of applying for a post through the university online system  
(available at: http://www.dur.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply/ ) candidates  
should discuss their research proposal with a member of CHESS. Please send  
a CV, grade average and two-page research proposal to Nicola Craigs at  
n.j.craigs at durham.ac.uk .

L a s z l o E. S z a b o
Professor of Philosophy
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