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ESRC DTP Linked Administrative Data Studentship: Structure and Mechanisms of Drug Markets

The University of Cambridge ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership [DTP] is pleased to offer a studentship available for admission in October 2023 in the Institute of Criminology.


The studentship will be a three-year doctoral programme and will be supervised by Dr Paolo Campana, Associate Professor in Criminology and Complex Networks. ESRC DTP students will acquire a unique set of skills that will equip them for high-profile careers as leading social scientists, in academia or in other government, industrial, commercial and third sector organisations, either in the UK or elsewhere.

The project will involve analyzing administrative records from the Criminal Justice System Linked Datasets (part of the UK ADR Data First Project) to explore the structure of drug trafficking in England and Wales as well as the mechanisms underpinning drug markets and the behaviour of their participants. This is a quantitative project with a strong social network analysis component.

Informal inquiries about the project may be directed to Dr Paolo Campana (

You can find out more about the Cambridge ESRC DTP at: and read about some of the opportunities that will be available to you.

You can find out more about the Institute of Criminology at


We are looking for someone with a strong quantitative background and familiarity with at least one statistical package. Knowledge of social network analysis is highly desirable. Applicants should have (or expect to obtain by the start date) a Master's degree with at least a high Merit (preferably a distinction).

All requirements for a PhD at the Institute of Criminology apply:


Cambridge ESRC DTP studentships are open to all students, both Home and International applicants who demonstrate the required academic potential. ESRC DTP studentships are fully-funded (University Composition Fee and maintenance) for eligible UK students. Overseas students may be considered for the award, however the University Composition Fee will be funded at the Home rate (currently £9,387 p.a.), with the candidate covering the additional cost of the Overseas rate. The current maintenance rate is £17,668 per annum. DTP students also receive a personal allowance for additional training costs, and can apply for further funding to pursue fieldwork, academic exchange, and collaboration with non-academic partner organisations. Further details about eligibility and funding can be found at:

Application process

Applications should be submitted via the University of Cambridge Applicant Portal, with Dr Paolo Campana identified as the potential supervisor. Applicants should indicate clearly that they wish to be considered for the Data First/ADR studentship "Structure and Mechanisms of Drug Markets".

In order to apply for this course you'll require the following:

a) Two academic references b) Academic transcripts c) CV/resume d) Evidence of competence in English e) Statement of interest (1500 characters, around 300 words) f) Research proposal g) Sample of academic written work. This should be a dissertation chapter, essay or another piece of writing that you feel shows your suitability for the course. The suggested word length is between 1500 and 5000 words.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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