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QUB Belfast City Council PhD Research Studentship

Queen's University Belfast - School of Law

The School of Law is delighted to announce a PhD studentship, funded as a Collaborative Studentship by the Department for the Economy (DfE) and Belfast City Council (BCC). The successful candidate will research the topic of ‘exploring legal and ethical dimensions in Belfast’s planned Digital Innovation Ecosystem’, spending part of their time on placement at BCC as an integral part of their research. 

WHAT THE STUDENTSHIP WILL COVER: 

  • The funded studentship will cover UK/EU tuition fees (£4,407 per year), plus (for eligible candidates) a stipend of £17,285 per year, for three years. 
  • The researcher will, alongside the normal facilities available in the School of Law and the Graduate School, have access to desk space at BCC, engagement with Council staff, and access to primary and secondary data sources and the ‘living lab’ environment which is part of the City’s plans. They will be able to engage with Council experts and with citizens as part of events. 

To apply, please complete an application form on the Queen’s University  Postgraduate Applications Portal including a curriculum vitae (CV) and a statement of up to 1,000 words.  In the statement, applicants should demonstrate their understanding of key concepts and literature regarding legal and ethical dimensions of ‘smart city’ initiatives (in general rather than specific to Belfast), commenting on the research approaches and methods they would wish to use if awarded this studentship.  

The closing date for applications is Friday 5 June 2020 at 4pm. 

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed (online) during June, at a time and date to be arranged. 

Candidates will be notified by early July of the outcome of their application.  

Please insert the code LAWBCC20 into the Funding section within your application form. 

ELIGIBILITY  

  • UK residents: fees plus stipend.  
  • Other EU residents: fees only.  
  • Please note this studentship is not available to international students.  
  • Study can only be undertaken on a full-time basis.
  • Qualifications:
  • An Upper Second or First Class Honours degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) in law or another relevant discipline, plus a Master's degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) with an average above 60%.  
  • Applicants with an Upper Second or First Class Honours degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) in law or another relevant discipline who are currently studying a Master’s degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) will also be considered.  
  • Applicants with an Upper Second or First Class Honours degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) in law or another relevant discipline plus evidence of ability to conduct independent and original research will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • For further details re eligibility criteria (including academic, citizenship and residency criteria) please see the DfE Research Eligibility Guidance Notes

RESEARCH PROJECT  

Title: Exploring legal and ethical dimensions in Belfast’s planned Digital Innovation Ecosystem 

Summary: Working with other partners in the city, Belfast City Council wishes to explore the ethical responsibility associated with developing a data-driven 'Smart Belfast' Digital Innovation programme.  At the heart of this programme will be the creation of a ‘smart district’ which will offer opportunities for the testing and deployment of a range of emerging digital technologies, with a focus on life and health sciences and on urban mobility.   

City Partners recognise that systems of governance may be impacted and challenged by the deployment of new technologies, which themselves may provide the solutions to the governance challenges. Other challenges associated with this programme include the management of the collection, sharing and exploitation of data, and how data can be used for public good. The researcher will explore ethical approaches to the City’s development of a Digital Innovation Platform and Partnership, in a context where the issues are in some cases novel, though developing rapidly in various other cities and jurisdictions 

Requirements: The researcher should have sufficient knowledge of legal, policy and/or ethical issues in relation to data; this may emerge out of prior studies of or practice in law, but could similarly be demonstrated through study or work in other relevant fields. 

Further information: Contact Prof. Daithí Mac Síthigh (d.macsithigh@qub.ac.uk)   

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Belfast
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: See advert text
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 15th May 2020
Closes: 5th June 2020
   
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