Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Social Sciences Senior Lecturer awarded prestigious EU funding for PhD studentship

Wednesday, 01 October 2014

Rico Issacs

Dr Rico Isaacs, Senior Lecturer for the Department of Social Sciences has been granted part of a €3.81M funding award from the EU’s prestigious 2020 Horizon project.

Rico, a leading researcher in the field of post-Soviet states and Central Asia, has secured a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action: Innovative Training Networks (ITN) studentship worth £182,969.00.

Oxford Brookes were awarded the grant as part of a consortium of 7 leading universities, led by Dublin City. The award, as part of a project to train the next generation of experts on the Caspian region, will go towards funding a PhD studentship here at Brookes, starting from January 2015.

According to the European Commission website...

The Innovative Training Networks (ITN) aim to train a new generation of creative, entrepreneurial and innovative early-stage researchers, able to face current and future challenges and to convert knowledge and ideas into products and services for economic and social benefit.

Dr Isaacs, an active researcher for the Centre for Global Politics, Economy and Society at Oxford Brookes, has obtained this funding on the success of his expertise in the politics and development of the Central Asian and Caspian region. This award builds on existing success in the field of post-Soviet Studies carried out by Dr Rico Isaacs and his colleague Dr Sarah Whitmore.

Dr Rico Isaacs, who teaches on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at Brookes, said…

This is a very attractive studentship for high-calibre candidates and represents a fantastic opportunity to be involved in this unique and prestigious project.

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