TAGS: Coventry UniversityIan BrittainPhDScholarshipTokyo 2020

The role of ableism in the ability of the Paralympic Games legacy aims to contribute towards the goals of the GCRF and SDGs: The case of Tokyo 2020

Eligibility: UK/EU/International graduates with the required entry requirements

Funding details: Bursary plus tuition fees (UK/EU/International)

Duration: Full-time – between three and three and a half years fixed term

Application deadline: 1st February 2021

Interview dates: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Start date: September 2021

For queries please contact Dr Ian Brittain.

GCRF PhD Studentships

This is a GCRF fully-funded PhD studentship.

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Coventry University is inviting applications from suitably-qualified graduates for a fully-funded PhD studentship within the Centre for Business in Society as well as the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations

Project details

This project will evaluate the Paralympic legacy claims made by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) for the impact of the hosting of the Paralympic Games (PG) upon the wider disability community using the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Games (now August 2021) as a case study. By analysing the veracity of the legacy claims made by IPC for the impact of the PG, and the facilitators and barriers to achieving these claims for the wider community of disabled people (DP), this will allow the IPC and Paralympic host cities to better contribute to achieving key goals of the GCRF and SDGs, such as reducing inequality and promoting human rights for DP, particularly in areas such as access to opportunities for employment and sustainable health and well-being. The legacy goals of the IPC and those of GCRF and SDGs are clearly aligned in their desire to increase equality and inclusion for DP. By adopting a critical disability studies approach the project will focus upon the role of ableism, in terms of power and discrimination, and how this impacts Paralympic legacy goal outcomes within Tokyo, with a view to making recommendations regarding the legacy process in future host cities.


This is a fully-funded studentship including full tuition fees (UK/EU/International) plus stipend (based upon the applicable UKRI rate at the point of the award) and additional allowances.


Training and Development

The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.

All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average.
    the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years
  • a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)

In addition 

The ability to speak, read and write Japanese would be desirable, but is not essential.

How to apply

To find out more about the project please contact Dr Ian Brittain.

All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus a 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.

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