AHRC PhD Studentship

AHRC PhD Studentship in The agency of design:
activism, innovation, transformation

University of Brighton and University of Chichester Consortium

The University of Brighton and the University of Chichester Consortium are inviting applications for one doctoral award in Design to commence in October 2013. This studentship is part of the Consortium’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Block Grant Partnership (Capacity Building) secured in 2011.

Award: PhD in The agency of design: activism, innovation, transformation (based at the University of Brighton)

The successful candidate will be able to take advantage of the availability of the research culture in each of the collaborating institutions. The two universities will explore collaborative supervisory arrangements where such arrangements are appropriate to the student’s proposed research project.

Specialist research training modules will be made available through each university’s masters provision including the University of Brighton’s MRes in Arts and Cultural Research which will provide the core research methodology training.

Design Research from the University of Brighton’s Faculty of Arts is represented through DR-i which is concerned with the facilitation of innovative thinking and outlooks across the design spectrum, initiating appropriate design research interventions in a wide range of fields including national policy-making. It is therefore also deeply committed to the stimulation of sophisticated interpretations and understandings of design policy, practice and consumption. DR-i’s research encompasses work in a variety of fields ranging from textiles to industrially manufactured items, and from communications design to craft-based artefacts.

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We invite applications from across the full spectrum of Design activities, but are particularly interested in proposals concerned with ‘the agency of design: activism, innovation, transformation’. As such, we are interested in candidates submitting proposals concerned with the way in which design can have impact in a number of spheres including society, the economy and the natural environment.

The studentship is three years full-time in duration (five years part-time), and will pay your fees and provide a stipend. Rates for 2013/14 have not yet been set by the AHRC but last year the figure was £13,590 per annum (pro-rata for part-time). This award starts on 1st October 2013.

Closing date for applications: Thursday 28th March, 4pm, 2013

Interviews to take place in mid-late April 2013

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