We are thrilled to announce an exciting ESRC Grand Union DTP award for a funded doctoral studentship at the Open University in conjunction with TRAID.

This research will explore the impact of a TRAID funded project providing childcare for garment working mothers and their families in Dhaka, Bangladesh since 2013.  The project,  delivered by Nagorik Uddyog and Childhope UK, and offers high quality care, education, skills, and strategies for children, parents and communities, helping them to escape the cycle of inter-generational poverty and exploitation.

The successful proposal will utilise social reproduction theory or other feminist approaches that illuminate the overlapping nature of reproductive and waged labour. The research project will explore the impact that the provision/lack of childcare has on women’s capacities to pursue work that enhances freedom, dignity and comfort.

The researcher will pursue ethnographic methods that allow rich insight into the experiences of workers and their families. Design will be informed by feminist principles of relational research. The focus of the fieldwork will be on women garment workers in Dhaka. A secondary focus will be adult former users of the initiatives. The researcher will need to interview selected TRAID and partner staff to gain background knowledge and insight.

Studentship Details

The PhD studentship will be funded by the Grand Union DTP for an expected 3 years (or part-time equivalent) from October 2023. The award length offered may differ depending on the candidate’s prior training and how they meet ESRC training requirements. Information about Grand Union DTP ESRC studentships and eligibility can be found here

The Partnership

TRAID, working with its partners Childhope UK and Nagorik Uddyog, will provide the successful student with: –

• Desk space in its London office, where the student will be able to use office facilities, such as internet access, printing materials and stationery, etc.

• Access to TRAID staff, enabling regular interaction, as well as participation in meetings and discussions. This access will allow regular opportunities for brainstorming and debriefing activity.

• Facilitate introductions with Nagorik Uddyog and ChildHope UK, which administer and run the initiative being investigated.

• Introductions to the staff at the four childcare centres.

• The provision of working space within one or more of the childcare centres.

• Access to working parents who benefit from the centres, and adults who attended the centres as children.

• Access to meetings in Bangladesh involving staff, parents and partner organisations.

• Access to classes to inform background knowledge of the research.

• Access to existing data on the initiative, such as archival material – videos, brochures, reports, etc.

• Support and advice on how to navigate Bangladesh as a research site.

Application Deadline

12:00 midday UK time on Wednesday 11 January 2023

How to Apply

For full details of how to apply please click here


For queries about this studentship, please contact Nela Smolović Jones: nela.smolovic-jones@open.ac.uk and Cinzia Priola: cinzia.priola@open.ac.uk