Luigina Ciolfi

Funded PhD opportunities at SHU

Sheffield Hallam University of offering a number of fully-funded PhD scholarships in a variety of subject areas, including human-computer interaction.

Enquiries are welcome regarding one opportunity in human-centred computing that I would be supervising.

The scholarship is on the topic of work and life in the collaborative economy, and it is in collaboration with the COST Action initiative “From Sharing to Caring: Examining Socio-Technical Aspects of the Collaborative Economy”.

The proposed project will consist of an in-depth, qualitative study of how being part of the “collaborative economy” affects people’s professional and personal lives, with a particular focus on how digital technologies mediate their practices. The focus will be on existing realities of cooperative, collaborative and “gig” work in the greater Sheffield area.

The project will be interdisciplinary, linking social science and computer-supported cooperative work and will feature extensive collaboration with the COST Action “From Sharing to Caring: Examining SocioTechnical Aspects of the Collaborative Economy”. COST Actions are initiatives for European Cooperation in Science and Technology. They fund training events, workshops and seminars, research visits and short-term scientific missions. The “SharingAndCaring” Action will run from 2017 to 2021 and will provide you with a fantastic opportunity to be part of a prestigious scientific network that includes both senior and early career researchers and other PhD students in at least ten countries.

You will be able to apply for and receive funding for activities relevant to your doctoral project through the COST Action “SharingAndCaring”, and will be able to join one or more of the Action’s working groups to benefit from opportunities for presenting and receiving feedback on your research, and for disseminating your work.

The project would be particularly suited for students interested in multidisciplinary work connecting computing and media to social and cultural phenomena. The ideal candidate will have a background and/or expertise in human-computer interaction, media or cultural studies, or social science with an interest in the impact of technology. Skills in qualitative research are desirable. Previous experience of working in or researching collaborative economy settings would be a plus.

You can find details here (research area number 1): https://www.shu.ac.uk/~/media/home/study-here/fees-and-funding/postgraduate/scholarships/media-and-communications.pdf?la=en 

Info on how to apply is at this link: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/fees-and-funding/postgraduate/postgraduate-scholarships/phd-scholarships/apply 

Info on eligibility criteria: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/fees-and-funding/postgraduate/postgraduate-scholarships/phd-scholarships/eligibility 

The deadline for submitting an application is at 12 noon on February 24th.

Please contact me directly to express an interest in applying.

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