Global Cultures of Risk: Insurance in Non-Western Contexts 1870-1980

About this project

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates to work on “Global Cultures of Risk: Insurance in Non-Western Contexts 1870-1980”, which is a joint University of Hull-University of Basel research project, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. The Hull part of this project will examine “Orientalist attitudes vs. local norms. The diffusion and reception of insurance in Asia (1870–1970)”. The doctoral student will be required to focus on the diffusion of (life and/or non-life) insurance in either China or India during this period. He/she will read for a PhD under the supervision of Professor Robin Pearson (Hull University Business School), as well as working closely with the Basel-based team of researchers. Applicants should have a good Masters degree, or equivalent qualification, in Economic History, History, Economics or related subjects. An excellent command of English is essential. Knowledge of Mandarin or another major language in the regions to be studied is highly preferable though not essential.


You are strongly advised to contact a potential supervisor and to discuss your research proposal, well before you submit an application. Please refer to the Faculty of Business, Law and Politics research pages.

If you have any queries, please contact the supervisor Professor Robin Pearson,

Next steps


To celebrate the University's research successes, the University of Hull is offering a full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarship or International Fees Bursary.

Entry requirements

Applicants must complete the online application form and submit the following supporting documents:

  • A personal statement outlining the motivation for postgraduate research and making the case for the scholarship award
  • A current detailed CV, identifying any research employment or experience and,where applicable, details of conference presentations or publications
  • Copies of educational transcripts and degree certificates
  • Two good references 
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the University's English Language requirements.

Any applications that do not have all documentation as stipulated above will not be considered. 

PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate, or Diploma, in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.

How to apply

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Application deadline: Saturday 30 June 2018

Research options:

PhD: 4 years (full-time)


PhD Scholarship (100% FT, fixed term, four years fees plus maintenance for three years research)