Leverhulme Magna Carta Doctoral Studentship: Creating popular narratives of security

Royal Holloway, University of London - Department of Media Arts

This is jointly supervised between Media Arts and the Information Security Group.

Supervisors: Mr Adam Ganz (Dept. of Media Arts), Dr. Elizabeth Quaglia and Dr. Claude Heath (Information Security Group)

Funding amount: £16,553 p.a.

Hours: Full time, Three year doctoral studentship

Closing date: 1st November 2017

Interview date: 8th November 2017

Applications are invited for a three-year Leverhulme Magna Carta doctoral studentship beginning in January 2018. Note that the Leverhulme Magna Carta awards are for an annual stipend of £16,553 and an HEU fee waiver.  It is possible to make an award to overseas students but the difference between the HEU and overseas fee must be found from another source. Students will become part of the Magna Carta Doctoral Centre and are expected to contribute to its activities.

This interdisciplinary PhD by practice will involve producing a series of scripts for a TV drama, which challenges the traditional interpretation of everyday digital security scenarios and encourages the viewer to revisit assumptions about “deserving” and “undeserving” behaviours in the digital realm. The student will be developing dramatic provocations that encourage viewers to reflect upon issues of liberty, identity, privacy, agency and security in the digital era. The student will be able to explore methodological approaches combining speculative design and design fictions, together with techniques of screenwriting and dramatization.

The primary PhD supervisor is based in the Department of Media Arts, a top 10 department in REF 2015 and led by award-winning experts in the field. Media Arts provides a professional working environment for the development of media practice skills and creativity. Other supervisors are based in the Information Security Group, a world-leading centre of excellence in cyber security, with expertise ranging from cryptography to the human dimensions of Information Security. Both departments are situated on the beautiful Egham campus close to London.

Applicants should ideally hold a first class or upper second undergraduate degree or equivalent, in Film Studies, Media Arts, Information Security, or related disciplines and be predicted for a merit or distinction on a relevant MA (which is desirable but not essential). It is possible, however, that the right candidate may have acquired their readiness to tackle this doctoral research through less traditional routes. We are as interested in finding candidates with the appropriate breadth of imagination and rigour as we are in seeing specific qualifications. All candidates will need to show evidence of past creative projects, relevant experience, ability to complete and manage projects and enthusiasm for the field. The ideal candidate will have strong skills in dramatic writing, and some experience of at least one of the following would be advantageous: speculative design, information security, algorithms, cryptography.

Informal enquiries should be directed to: adam.ganz@rhul.ac.uk  (Elizabeth.Quaglia@rhul.ac.uk or Claude.Heath@rhul.ac.uk (Details of the scheme and information on how to make an application are on the links below:

You should make a formal application to the College at: 


You should include a CV, a response to the advertisement (no more than two pages) which may be a project proposal, position paper or other intervention relevant to the theme "Creating Popular Narratives of security". You should also supply a sample of your creative work (pdf or website link)

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