ESRC CASE Studentship – Re-configuring service space in rural communities: bank and building society branch closures and ‘alternative’ economic networks

The School of Geography has been awarded an ESRC CASE Studentship to investigate the problem of financial exclusion in rural areas, in collaboration with the Commission for Rural Communities (CRC).  The studentship, which is fully-funded and pays fees and a stipend, will run from October 2009.  An advert appealing for suitable candidates will appear shortly (some useful pointers on eligibility requirements, which are more relaxed than conventional ESRC awards, can be found here).  The PhD will be supervised within the School of Geography by Dr Sarah Hall and Professor Andrew Leyshon, and by Dr David Land at the CRC.  Informal enquiries and initial expressions of interest should be directed to either Sarah Hall ( or Andrew Leyshon (

Update 26.3.09:  see University Press Release, which has more details on this and other CASE awards at Nottingham.