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ESRC and British Library PhD internship initiative

This joint initiative between the ESRC and the British Library is an opportunity for ESRC PhD award holders in their 2nd or 3rd year to undertake a 3 month internship at the British Library working on policy topics, focusing on informing researchers, practitioners and policymakers on the economic and social implications of the issues arising.

The Social Science Collections and Research team is identifying ways of increasing awareness of the Library's collections and content, using it to bring together researchers, practitioners and policy makers and facilitate the exchange of ideas and experience.

To complement the Library's in-house activities, the British Library has taken place in the ESRC’s scheme which enables ESRC-funded research students to work with the Library on a three month internship. During their time with the British Library the interns will explore a policy topic, focusing on informing researchers, practitioners and policymakers on the economic and social implications of the issues arising.

Completed internship projects

The following are completed projects from past interns:

  • Environment and Sustainability in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
    Conducted by: Natalie Suckhall, PhD Student at Leeds University.
    Natalie's research contributed to the Sport and Society website, identifying the key issues and recent research relevant to evaluating the success of "London's Green Games". You can see the web pages compiled by Natalie on our Sport and Society Environment pages.
  • Representations of science and agency in the news discourse on stem cells
    Conducted by: Sarah Atkins, PhD Student at Nottingham University.
    Sarah conducted research across the Library's vast news media collections. Her interest was in analysing the types and use of linguistic metaphor and visual images in presenting news stories about science research to a wider public. The research identifed new opportunities for researching the role played by news media in the public understanding of science.
  • Resources for the Study of Migration
    Conducted by: Amy Claridge, PhD student at Sheffield University.
    This research explored the British Library’s collections for the study of migration. Research outputs included a collection guide.
  • Web 2.0 and social research
    Conducted by: Helene Snee, PhD student at the University of Manchester.
    This research asked social science researchers to reflect upon the evaluation criteria, such as data validity, applied to Web 2.0 research, and the potential ethical issues associated with this work.

Further information

For further information and an application form, please see the Economic and Social Research Council website.