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Corruption in large infrastructure projects

PGR-P-289

Key facts

Type of research degree
PhD
Application deadline
Ongoing deadline
Country eligibility
International (open to all nationalities, including the UK)
Funding
Non-funded
Supervisors
Mr Tristano Sainati
Schools
School of Civil Engineering
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

Corruption is one of the key issues for public policies and is one of the major impediments to the development of emerging countries and to further improve the quality of life in developed countries. Scholars agree that corruption might be eradicated by enhancing education and with cultural changes. Ad hoc policies and regulation can limit corruption by making it riskier and less profitable; therefore, making this practice not &ldquo;value for money&rdquo; even for unethical economic agents. Existing studies have shown the detrimental effect of corruption on the society, economy and environment. There are several studies in economics, social science and law about corruption that show corruption can apply to a wide range of activities. There are several examples in the literature, news and judicial cases that show large infrastructure projects are particularly susceptible to corruption. However, the concept of corruption has been under-investigated by project management scholars. According to many studies, large infrastructure projects tend to be late and over budget. This poor track record of performance is consistent in different sectors, including transportation, water, energy, Nuclear and Oil &amp; gas and other industrial projects. Although the delivery performance of large infrastructure projects has a poor track record, the explanations from the project management scholars focused on (1) optimism bias, (2) strategic misinterpretations, (3) poor Front End Engineering Design, and others. Recently, a seminal research emphasised the relevance of corruption for large infrastructure project performance. Since then, a growing number of project management scholars focused on the concept of corruption in large engineering projects. Nowadays, the topic of corruption is acquiring a growing interest by project management scholars. The proposed PhD will benefit from the momentum and an established network of expert focused on corruption. This research project will address questions such as: Which corruption mechanisms apply to large infrastructure projects? Which ex-ante remedies limit corruption in large infrastructure projects? The candidate can amend these questions to focus on those aspects that are deemed to be more relevant and practical provided the focus remains on corruption applied to large infrastructure projects.

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Full description</h2>

<p>The earliest start date for this project is 1 October 2020.</p>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.leeds.ac.uk/info/130206/applying/91/applying_for_research_degrees">University&#39;s website</a>. Please state clearly in the research information section&nbsp;that the research degree you wish to be considered for is &lsquo;Corruption in large infrastructure projects&rsquo; as well as&nbsp;<a href="https://engineering.leeds.ac.uk/staff/747/Tristano_Sainati">Dr Tristano Sainati</a>&nbsp;as your proposed supervisor.</p> <p>If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University&#39;s minimum English language requirements (below).</p> <p><em>We welcome applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.</em></p>

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">Entry requirements</h2>

Applicants to research degree programmes should normally have at least a first class or an upper second class British Bachelors Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline. The criteria for entry for some research degrees may be higher, for example, several faculties, also require a Masters degree. Applicants are advised to check with the relevant School prior to making an application. Applicants who are uncertain about the requirements for a particular research degree are advised to contact the School or Graduate School prior to making an application.

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">English language requirements</h2>

The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate research study is an IELTS of 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid. Some schools and faculties have a higher requirement.

<h2 class="heading">Funding on offer</h2>

<p><strong>Self-Funding Students</strong></p> <p><strong>Funding Eligibility</strong></p> <p><strong>UK/EU</strong> &ndash;&nbsp;Leeds Doctoral Scholarship Award paying Academic Fees and Maintenance matching EPSRC rate of &pound;15,009 per year for 3 years.&nbsp; Alumni Bursary is available for previous graduates from the University of Leeds offering 10% discount on Academic Fees only.</p> <p><strong>International Students</strong> &ndash;&nbsp;China Scholarship Council-University of Leeds Scholarship Award paying Academic Fees for 3 years, Commonwealth PhD and Commonwealth Split-Site Scholarships for Low and Middle Income countries.&nbsp; Alumni Bursary is available for previous graduates from the University of Leeds offering 10% discount on Academic Fees only.</p>

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>For further information regarding your application, please contact Doctoral College Admissions by&nbsp;email:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:EMAIL@leeds.ac.uk">p</a><a href="mailto:phd@engineering.leeds.ac.uk">hd@engineering.leeds.ac.uk,</a>&nbsp;or by telephone: +44 (0)113 343 5057</p> <p>For further information regarding the project, please contact Dr Tristano Sainati by email:&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="mailto:T.Sainati@leeds.ac.uk">T.Sainati@leeds.ac.uk</a></p>


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