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PhD Studentship: Understanding UK digital comics information and publishing practices: From creation to consumption

City, University of London - School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: London
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £17,300 tax-free stipend per year, fees paid
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Placed On: 22nd March 2019
Closes: 31st May 2019

One Full Studentship, 3 years (Full Time), 6 years (Part Time, 0.5 FTE)

Indicative funding amount: £17,300 tax-free stipend per year, fees paid. The British Library will also provide financial support for research-related costs of up to £1,000 a year for 3 years

Start date: 1st October 2019

Duration of study: 3 years (Full Time), 6 years (Part Time, 0.5 FTE)

This studentship is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships Programme. During the studentship, you will have staff-level access to the British Library’s collections, expertise and facilities, and the opportunity to take up a wide range of training and skills development opportunities. Further details at 

About the research theme

Your PhD will enrich understanding of UK digital comics information and publishing practices, as supported by existing technology, from a User Experience (UX) perspective. This is with the aim of informing requirements for comics collection management, digital preservation and content strategy development. You will engage with comics creators, as well as readers and collectors, to gain new insight into the motivation, methods and behaviour in creating, distributing, collecting and reading digital comics. 

Your research will primarily be qualitative in approach, involving detailed observations of technology use. It very likely will also include complementary quantitative elements. You will, however, strongly contribute to the refinement and development of the research project and approach.

About you

We are looking for a student with:


  • A Masters degree in a relevant discipline (including, but not limited to HumanComputer Interaction, Digital Humanities, Library/Information Science), or 5+ years experience working in a relevant field in the Libraries or Publishing sector (e.g. content policy development in libraries, or comics production or comics collection management);
  • Students currently enrolled on a Masters programme who expect to have finished their degree by 1st October 2019 are also eligible to apply;
  • A passion for technology, reading and research;
  • Excellent academic writing skills;
  • Excellent oral communication skills.


  • Previous experience in observing technology use and/or conducting research in a library setting;
  • Previous experience in writing academic papers;
  • An active interest in reading and/or creating digital comics;
  • Previous industry experience in collection management, digital preservation or content strategy development.

UK students are eligible for the annual stipend, plus fees paid. EU students are not eligible for the stipend (only their fees will be paid). Non-EU (overseas) students are not eligible to apply for this studentship. 

About the supervision team

You will be supervised by an experienced team from City and the British Library.

How to apply

Further details at

To arrange an informal discussion about the studentship, contact Dr. Ernesto Priego ( 

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