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PhD studentship - Urban Systems Laboratory/Imperial College London

PhD studentship: An interdisciplinary framework for disaggregate assessment of productivity and well-being impacts of digital technologies on workers in mobile settings (ITINERANT).

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship working in the area of the assessment of the productivity and well-being impacts of digital technologies on workers in mobile settings. The studentship is supported by the London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (www.liss-dtp.ac.uk), which is funded by the UK Econοmic and Social Research Council (ESRC), and will be undertaken under the supervision of Prof. John Polak and Dr Jacek Pawlak.

Background: The rapid development of new mobile devices and omnipresent connectivity has led to the increasing decoupling of work (and other activities) from specific locations. New cultures of work have emerged, especially strong among knowledge workers, that exploit non-traditional settings, including public spaces and transport modes, with the aim of improving productivity and well-being by the better alignment of tasks to productive times and spaces. While social science has amassed a significant body of descriptive evidence relating to these practices and their productivity and well-being implications, this knowledge remains largely detached from the quantitative and predictive approaches used in the appraisal and evaluation of digital and physical infrastructure investments.

The aim of this studentship, which will be undertaken in collaboration with Cisco Systems and Transport for Greater Manchester, is to bridge this gap and develop new ways of embedding qualitative and quantitative understandings of the impacts of digitisation and connectivity on productivity and well-being into the quantitative frameworks used for infrastructure appraisal and evaluation. The research will involve collaboration between the Urban Systems Laboratory at Imperial College London and Cisco’s innovation team (Cisco CREATE) and Transport for Greater Manchester on a set of case studies including the UK’s largest Internet of Things City Demonstrator project, CityVerve, in Manchester.

Academic requirements: Candidates should have a first degree at first class level (or upper second class with clear evidence of the capacity for first class work), preferably in economics and with a strong quantitative component. Candidates will normally also have an appropriate Master's degree in a relevant social science subject (at distinction or high merit level) or equivalent qualification. Industrial experience is not a pre-requisite, but would be advantageous. Candidates should also have good software and programming skills. An interest in cities and smart technologies would also be advantageous.

Eligibility: The Studentship is only available to candidates who satisfy ESRC's residency requirements, which are set out in the link below:

www.esrc.ac.uk/skills-and-careers/studentships/prospective-students/am-i-eligible-for-an-esrc-studentship/

The Award:  The studentship will cover the full cost of Home/EU fees for and provide an annual tax-free stipend of up to £18,796 per annum, for 3 years, in addition to a generous technology training and communications tool package from Cisco. As part of your award, you will also be able to apply for additional funds from LISS DTP’s Research Training Support Grant to help cover some of the costs of training, fieldwork, travel and more.

How to apply: Candidates should complete the LISS DTP CASE Studentships application form, which is available at the link below:

www.liss-dtp.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/91/2017/01/LISS-DTP-ESRC-CASE-App-Form-For-Students_FINAL.docx

and email the completed form plus the following material to: Αυτή η διεύθυνση ηλεκτρονικού ταχυδρομείου προστατεύεται από κακόβουλη χρήση. Χρειάζεται να ενεργοποιήσετε την Javascript για να τη δείτε.

*        a CV

*        copies of academic transcripts for all relevant degrees

*        2 references (either 2 academic references or 1 academic reference and 1 professional reference)

This Case for Support form is due by 12th April 2017, 17:00 GMT. No extensions will be given.

Selection: Short-listed candidates may be invited for interview.

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Enquiries regarding the academic content of the research should be made to Prof. John Polak ( Αυτή η διεύθυνση ηλεκτρονικού ταχυδρομείου προστατεύεται από κακόβουλη χρήση. Χρειάζεται να ενεργοποιήσετε την Javascript για να τη δείτε. ).

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