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ERC funded PhD studentship: Digital Touch Communication

University College London - UCL Institute of Education

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: London
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £24,195 to £26,683 (tax free) stipend.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 9th August 2018
Closes: 3rd September 2018

Starting date October 2018 or Jan 2019 

Supervisors: Professors Carey Jewitt and Sara Price

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship linked to the IN-TOUCH: Digital Touch Communication Project, an exciting five-year ERC Award led by Professor Carey Jewitt. -

The PhD will work with the IN-TOUCH team to explore the consequences and impact of digitally mediated touch on how we communicate in the context of virtual reality environments, wearables, or robotics. We are keen to explore touch via these technologies in the context of either work and/or health and well-being, though are open to applicants’ own ideas within the scope of digital touch communication.

IN-TOUCH is a highly exploratory project within an emergent field. We are looking for curious, and creative applicants with a background in the social sciences, or HCI, Design or Computer Science, who have worked on or are interested in the social aspects of communication, meaning making and touch (existing specialist expertise in social science work within digital touch communication is not required). The successful candidate will need a commitment to interdisciplinary and innovative ways of researching digital communication and want to work as part of a team. The form of the doctorate is to be written (rather than practice-based, although a making or prototyping component is possible).

Studentship supervisors: Professor Carey Jewitt and Professor Sara Price, UCL Knowledge Lab, University College London.

Funding details: The studentship is a (tax free) stipend for 3 years that requires the student to pay for their EU/UK fees out of the stipend rate.


Year 1 (2018-19): £24,195
Year 2 (2019-20): £25,375
Year 3 (2020-21): £26,683


Year 1 (2018-19): £4,275
Year 2 (2019-20): £4,361

Year 3 (2020-21): £4,491

*The fees have been reduced by the department.

For application form, eligibility criteria and details of how to apply go to

Closing date for applications by email to Prof. Carey Jewitt ( is midnight (GMT) on 3rd September 2018. For informal inquiries, contact Carey at or Sara at

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