PhD Studentship in Design Thinking and Policy Making

University Of The Arts London - University of the Arts London and King’s College London

Location: London
Funding for: Home and EU applicants only
Funding amount: Tuition fees and annual maintenance equivalent to £16,553 (2017/18 rate)
Duration: 3 years full-time
Programme start: 1st October 2018

University of the Arts London (UAL) and King’s College London are pleased to offer the third in a series of PhD studentships which aim to develop cross-disciplinary research into design thinking for public policy making. This is part of an ongoing collaboration between the Innovation Insights Hub at UAL and The Policy Institute at King’s. It presents a unique context for students to explore and assess the emergence of, potential for, and consequences of using design approaches in public policy making, combining expertise from design research and the social sciences. The successful candidate will join two other students supported by this initiative, as well as having access to resources and networks at both institutions.

The UAL Innovation Insights Hub connects insights and ideas from creative research and practice to contemporary challenges resulting in innovative outcomes for society and business. Working with staff and students across UAL, the Hub is based at Central Saint Martins (CSM) in King’s Cross. UAL’s research is assessed as being 83% World Leading and International in the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) for Art & Design, History, Practice, Theory; is ranked a top 5 research university in its broader peer group in the UK and first in the Power ranking for Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory category.

The Policy Institute at King’s College London links insightful research with rapid, relevant policy analysis to stimulate debate, inform, and shape policy agendas. Building on King’s central London location at the heart of the global policy conversation, its vision is to enable the translation of academic research into policy and practice by facilitating engagement between academic, business, and policy communities around current and future policy needs, both in the UK and globally.

Application deadline: Monday 30 April 2018.

Further details and application can be found via the 'Apply' button below.

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