PhD Studentship: Data Protection Impact Assessment and Data Protection by Design

University of Southampton - Institute for Law and the Web (Ilaws)

The General Data Protection is applicable in 6 months and businesses are still grappling with the implications of this regulatory change. New privacy-enhancing technological products are emerging on the market such as Big Privacy or Privatar. These products offer solutions for pseudonymisation, anonymisation and the building of data governance structures in order to ease auditing. What is still missing however is a mature and comprehensive methodology to conduct data protection impact assessments in order to support decision-making in the field of data protection and enable smaller players in particular such as SMEs and startups to navigate the data protection landscape and make informed choice right from the design stage.

Applications are welcome to draw on a wide methodological range to approach the research and by taking comparative case studies. The applicant would work in the context of the Institute for Law and the Web (Ilaws) which has been set up in Southampton Law School as an interdisciplinary research centre working closely with members of the Data Science Institute and the Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence.

  • The successful candidate will start on 1 October 2018. The scholarship will offer full tuition fee and maintenance funding for 3 years. The doctoral stipend for 2017/18 is currently £14,000.
  • This studentship is only available for full time programmes and is open to applicants from the UK, the EU and overseas.
  • As part of the application you will be required to submit a CV, research proposal, degree certificate and transcripts, two academic references and proof of English language proficiency.
  • The deadline for applications is 15 February 2018. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be informed of interview arrangements between February and March 2018.
  • The awards will be allocated by end of April, with the outcome being communicated to the candidates in May.

If you wish to discuss any details of the studentship informally, please contact:

  • Postgraduate Research Admissions, Faculty of Business, Law and Art, Email: Telephone: +44(0)23 8059 2562.

To apply please follow the ‘Apply’ link on the following webpage:

PhD Law:  

Please mention reference FBLA-LAW-011 in the scholarship section of your application.

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