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PhD in Ethical Consumption with Ethical Consumer and University of Manchester


Are people less likely to buy ethically when times are tough?  Or are there other more powerful influences making more people buy this way?  A new partnership between the Universities of Manchester, Liverpool and Lancaster, and Ethical Consumer has secured funding for a PhD student to help study ethical consumer behaviours in times of austerity.  

This is a fully funded three year post starting in September 2015.  The student will spend part of each week in the Ethical Consumer offices and the rest of the time at the University of Manchester - less than half a mile away.  This research will look at popular, policy and academic debates around the ethics of consumption. It will involve working with some of Ethical Consumer's large scale survey data as well as gathering new material using qualitative methods with consumers, producers and retailers. 

Ethical Consumer have been building relationships with students, lecturers and academic institutions around the world for many years now, but is excited to be involved in this, its first formal PhD student partnership.  

It is a full time position and applicants must have a masters degree in a relevant subject area such as geography, anthropology or sociology.  


The closing date for applications is February 6th and more information on the post is available here >





Volunteering with ECRA


We are always happy to hear from anyone who would like to volunteer for us. 

Due to the nature of the work here, we ask for the following as a minimum commitment:

- one day per week over a six month period
- must be based in our Manchester office

We are a co-operatively run organisation so we share all tasks between us.

The work would consist of a range of different tasks including admin, research and maybe writing some small pieces for the magazine.

If you have specific skills that you would like to volunteer (such as research, design, marketing or photography), please contact us to discuss them.


Our office is in Manchester in the UK. We are only able to make a contribution of up to £10 per day towards transport costs and lunch expenses.

Please read our Volunteer Policy (pdf) and complete a Volunteer Application Form (pdf).


"Working for ethical consumer grounded my administrative skills and gave me the experience of working in a cooperative office environment. I learnt about the dynamics of a cooperative organisation while enhancing my practical office skills."

Alice, a volunteer in 2009.


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