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PhD Studentship in Experience Design

Imperial College London - Dyson School of Design Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: London
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: UK/EU Fees and bursary
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 10th January 2020
Closes: 29th February 2020

Applications are invited for a research studentship in the field of Experience Design leading to the award of a PhD degree and starting in October 2020.

Project Title: Data Ownership for Service Innovation

* Aim: Without understanding ownership, we can’t fully appreciate what it means to lend, buy, steal, sell, borrow and many other fundamental interactions. The notion of ownership (both legal and psychological) and many of these interactions have been challenged in recent years with advances in technology enabling a myriad of services. Building on psychological ownership theory and experience design frameworks, the PhD candidate will imagine and design new data ownership interactions to enable more human-centric services.

* Funding: The post is supported by a bursary and fees (at the UK/EU student rate) provided by the London Interdisciplinary Social Science Studentship (LISS) studentship scheme. For additional information please follow the link below:

* Research environment: You will work within a passionate and dynamic team of innovators and researchers, in the newly refurbished facilities of the Dyson School of Design Engineering ( The School was formed in 2014, building on the long-standing design and engineering expertise at Imperial as well as the world-renowned Innovation Design Engineering programme run jointly by Imperial and the Royal College of Art. The studentship is part of a cohort enabled through the LISS which provides training and cohort building activities. The project also benefits from a strong collaboration with the IOTA Foundation which will provide access, expertise and supporting funding in digital service innovation. Finally, you will benefit from broader links to institutions globally. Students will be supervised by Dr Weston Baxter and Professor Robert Shorten at Imperial College London.  

* Required skills: Candidates should have at least a 2:1 (or equivalent) first degree and strong masters degree in Design Engineering, Human Computer Interaction, Computer Science, Applied Psychology or equivalent. Knowledge about quantitative and qualitative human research methods, a collaborative attitude, programming skills and industrial experience is desirable. Strong candidates will understand human centred design, experience design, service design or related topics and have experience working with digital services.

Informal inquiries should be sent to Dr. Weston Baxter:, along with a CV.

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