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Postdoc in Participation and Digital Citizenship at SHAPE

University of Aarhus - Digital Design and Information Studies

Location: Aarhus - Denmark
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 11th November 2022
Closes: 12th December 2022

The Department of Digital Design and Information Studies within the School of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University invites applications for a postdoctoral position in participation and digital citizenship. The postdoc will be part of the research centre SHAPE – Shaping Digital Citizenship – funded by Aarhus University.

The position is a full-time and fixed-term position beginning on 1 February 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter and ending on 31 December 2023.

The School of Communication and Culture is committed to diversity and encourages all qualified applicants to apply regardless of their personal background.  

About SHAPE 

SHAPE – Shaping Digital Citizenship is a research centre at Aarhus University with the aim to promote digitalisation that supports democracy and active citizenship. Based on an interdisciplinary research agenda, SHAPE will provide knowledge that qualifies the public and political debate by informing decision-makers, legislators, and other relevant stakeholders, and deliver concrete technologies, methods and guidelines that support digital citizenship. SHAPE builds on a strong Scandinavian tradition of research in democracy and information technology (IT) and combines critical perspectives on IT with action-oriented approached based on citizen involvement in the development of IT. SHAPE investigates how the digital citizen is defined and managed partly in the welfare state and on tech giants’ social media platforms. In addition, SHAPE’s purpose is to develop digital citizenship by focusing on activism and citizen-engaged IT development. Through interaction and cross-fertilisation between several sub-projects, SHAPE will provide a holistic understanding of the digital citizen and digital citizenship, which is highly needed in a Danish and national context.  

About the postdoc position 

Participation is arguably an essential part of democracy. However, increased digitalisation and datafication challenge the understanding and practices of participation. This can be seen, for example, in automated decision-making, design, political processes, aesthetic practices and on social media.

Currently, SHAPE holds four sub-projects in which participation is investigated in different ways. The projects are Digital Activism, Digital Citizenship, Digital Technologies and Collective Behavior and Digital Literacy and Machine Learning. You can read more about these sub-projects at SHAPE’s website.

We are looking for a postdoc who will work either within one of the already existing sub-projects or on an independent project contributing to SHAPE’s collective task of developing insights into digital citizenship. The successful applicant will be expected to investigate the concept and practices of participation in the relationship between data/algorithms and democracy/citizenship.

The successful applicant will be expected to conduct new original research within one of many aspects of digitalisation, democracy and citizenship; publish in relevant journals, academic books and non-academic publications; help coordinate the project activities, including possible guest seminars and researcher visits and public engagements; participate in project meetings and joint events; work collaboratively with the other team members; actively develop the research area, including identifying and maintaining contact with academic and non-academic partners; as well as develop follow-up grant applications for the project.   

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