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PhD Studentship: Urban governance in the City of Sanctuary

University of Greenwich - School of Humanities & Social Sciences

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: London
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: 15,609 Bursary (per year F/T, pro-rata P/T)
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 19th November 2021
Closes: 7th January 2022
Reference: VCS-FLAS-03-21
 

Social and legal exclusion of vulnerable migrants during the recent COVID 19 crisis resulted in migrants’ increased experience of mental health issues, food poverty and homelessness. The criminalisation of migrants’ lives through increasingly restrictive migration policies makes bottom-up local initiatives more relevant in offering sustainable solutions whilst at the same time countering the underlying racism and hostility of these measures. City of Sanctuary (CoS) is a network of urban initiatives designed to produce a culture of welcoming and integrating refugees and asylum seekers in the urban fabric of UK cities.

We are looking for a PhD candidate who can work with the supervisory team to produce evidence of urban governance processes within the CoS initiative involving local authorities, third sector and communities. Over three years, the candidate will identify learning practices that can be used to inform nationwide governance strategies and long-term urban sustainability of essential services. Using a multi-modal and multi-sited methodology to document success as well as areas of improvement in CoS governance, the project systematically integrates refugees and asylum seekers’ experiences in the assessment of where future policies can be better directed.

Data-driven governance has been the dominant policy model during the pandemic: the widespread adoption of contract tracing apps and digital passports are telling of a rapidly digitised public sector that has been leveraging innovative technologies to attain public interest goals and to optimise services rendered. This includes AI systems used in the criminal justice system such as, facial recognition and algorithm-based crime risk assessment tools used to increase surveillance in specific areas based on past illegal activities.

The aims of this project are to:

  • (i) study the underlying considerations for fairness, transparency, and accountability in data-driven governance
  • (ii) seek to understand data flows and methods used in a datafied judicial system, and
  • (iii) suggest a normative regulatory framework to address concerns raised from potential misuses of citizen data.

To this end, the project will follow an innovative cross-disciplinary methodological approach that will discuss algorithmically driven methods as integral parts of the criminal justice system and will suggest a regulatory framework for uses of high-risk AI in judicial systems.

Funding:

In addition, the successful candidate will receive a contribution to tuition fees equivalent to the university’s Home rate, currently £4,500 (FT) or pro-rata (PT), for the duration of their scholarship. International applicants will need to pay the remainder tuition fee for the duration of their scholarship. This fee is subject to an annual increase.

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