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Understanding the role of social media in shaping civic culture

Loughborough University - Online Civic Culture Centre

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Loughborough
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £15,009
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 31st May 2019
Closes: 3rd July 2019
Reference: OCC19-P3X


Primary supervisor: Professor Andrew Chadwick

Secondary supervisors: Dr Martin Sykora, Dr Cristian Vaccari


O3C: Improving the Health of Our Online Civic Culture

Established in 2018 with an award from Loughborough University's Adventure Research Programme, the Online Civic Culture Centre (O3C) applies concepts and methods from social science and information science to understand the role of social media in shaping our civic culture. Led by Professor Andrew Chadwick it includes a doctoral training programme consisting of a team of ten academic supervisors drawn from the disciplines of communication, information science, social psychology, and sociology. The CDT enables interdisciplinary teams of researchers and PhD students to work together on issues of misinformation, disinformation, and the rise of hate speech and intolerance online. It develops evidence-based knowledge to mitigate the democratically-dysfunctional aspects of social media. It also identifies and promotes the positive civic engagement benefits of social media. For more information visit

In the latest UK Research Excellence Framework (2014), Communication and Media at Loughborough was ranked 2nd in the UK for research intensity and is 5th in the world in Communication for influence on scholarly research and debate as measured by citations (QS World University Rankings 2019).

Full Project Detail: Understanding the role of social media in shaping civic culture

We invite applications in any area of O3C’s research foci. For more information please visit the O3C website

Applicants must prepare a 1500-word research proposal outlining their project.

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Entry requirements: At least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) by start of project. A Master's degree will be an advantage.

Funding information:

Open to UK/EU and International graduates with backgrounds in relevant disciplines. For UK/EU students the studentship provides a tax free stipend of £15,009 per year for three years and covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. International students may apply: in this case the studentship will cover only the International tuition fee only. You will register for 1 October 2019 or 1 January 2020.

Contact details:

Name: Deirdre Lombard, Postgraduate Administrator

Email address:

Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 223879

How to apply:

Online at Under programme name, select Social Sciences. Clearly mark your application "Online Civic Culture CDT."

Please quote reference number: OCC19-P3X 

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