ESRC White Rose DTC Collaborative Studentship

University of Leeds - Leeds University Business School

Session 2016-17 - Closing Date Extended to 16 November 2016

Application form and eligibility criteria can be found at:

Project:  Business innovation and new forms of data:  Mobile Data Analysis

Start Date: 1 January 2017

Awards provide fees and maintenance at standard Research Council Rates (£14,296 in Session 2016/17) for eligible applicants.

As information and communication technologies (ICTs) are constantly evolving and users are being exposed to increasing amounts of data, knowing how to process such data to generate information in contexts such as health care, health care research and emergency response is a perplexing challenge. To deliver value in these areas requires the effective utilization of data among a complex array of different actors that often do not have the time nor ability to coordinate information and knowledge exchange. Thus, the development and implementation of ICT innovations capable of supporting this is an important endeavour. However, reaching this goal is particularly challenging as ICT-mediated innovation unfolds as a complex process associated with non-linear paths, design-implementation gaps, and coordination problems caused by interests of multiple involved stakeholders, power shifts, user modifications and improvisational use of ICTs in practice. Furthermore, technologies that combine and transform data are argued to have transformative and performative impacts that go beyond the ones originally designed.

There is a lack of research on the effective use of data generated by ICT innovations in complex contexts such as health care and emergency medicine. Furthermore, extant research has mainly focused on the post-hoc ICT use in emergency contexts thus failing to incorporate the full innovation circle from innovation development to its implementation and post implementation use and modifications by users.

This research will focus on the development of new business service predicated on the use of new type of data generation and analysis by mobile technologies. The research will increase the understanding of the process and patterns of effective data use generated by ICT innovation as it unfolds in real time build on all phases of innovation development and implementation and take all the associated complexities, multiple actors and impacts into account. The project will be undertaken in collaboration with Codigital Ltd, which provides a novel data processing platform for facilitating the optimized generation, evaluation, analysis and exchange of innovative ideas among large and different (groups) of users who might generate and exchange data on the go and across different geographical and time zones. The platform has an important implication potential for emergency contexts where there is a need for a variety of actors (e.g. emergency workers, doctors, hospital administration and policy makers) to effectively generate, evaluate and coordinate information and ideas. Expected outcomes of the study will allow exploration of compatibility and value of new sources of data generation and analysis to deliver real value around smarter environments, safer cities and neighbourhoods.

For more information on the project, please contact Dr Aljona Zorina (

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