Governance and regulation is increasingly data-driven, and there is a need to democratise this process by enabling people to design, gather and reflect on data themselves. A three-year PhD scholarship is available for a suitable candidate to develop research in this area, working collaboratively with Knowle West Media Centre (http://www.kwmc.org.uk) and the University of Bristol. Questions to be asked include:
How can digital media support people to become more involved in decision making?
How do the systems produced by digital providers support community engagement?
Can digital data be used to generate new understandings of everyday life?
The successful candidates will be located within the Productive Margins research programme (www.productivemargins.ac.uk), an innovative new collaboration between communities in Bristol and South Wales and academics at the Universities of Bristol and Cardiff.
The studentship is for a +3 award, and will commence in October 2013. The candidates will be able to pursue their own doctoral research whilst working as part of the multi-disciplinary Productive Margins team.
For each studentship an outline project has been agreed as part of the initial bid. Applicants should submit a research proposal of no more than 1,000 words in response. The details for Harnessing Digital Spaces are as follows:
For more details see http://www.bristol.ac.uk/fssl/swdtc/docs/digital.pdf
An upper-second-class honours degree (or equivalent) and a pass at MSc/MA level.
For information on international equivalent qualifications, please see ourÂ International OfficeÂ website: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/international/countries/
IELTS score:Â 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each band.
Successful candidates will receive fullÂ UK/EU tuition fees plus a Doctoral Stipend equal to the UK Research Council National Minimum (Â£13,590 p.a. for 2012/13) for three years. Candidates will also have access to an annual Research and Training support grant of Â£750.Â For details on eligibility please see: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/_images/ESRC-Postgraduate-Funding-Guide-DTCs_tcm8-14766.pdf
How to apply
To apply please go toÂ http://www.bris.ac.uk/pg-howtoapply.
In the Programme List select âEducation (PhD)â
In the âFundingâ section of the application form please tick âOtherâ from the options available and then type in the free text box below, ‘Productive Margins studentship’.
Once you have submitted your application please e-mail [email protected] to confirm your application for this studentship.Â Please include your application number in this e-mail.
Deadline for applications
Applications will close on 15 July, 2013