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PhD Studentship: Researching Sociodigital Life: Exploring the Interplay of Social and Technical Practices, linked to the ESRC Centre for Sociodigital Futures (CenSoF)

University of Bristol - ESRC Centre for Sociodigital Futures

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Bristol
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: See advert
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 13th November 2023
Closes: 30th January 2024

Funding amount

Three years. Please see details at:
https://www.bristol.ac.uk/fssl/research/sociodigital-futures/opportunities/esrc-funded-studentship/

Hours: Full time

Contract: Temporary (three years)

Closing date

  • The deadline for applicants applying to commence in late January is Sunday 3 December 2023. Interviews will take place before Christmas 
  • The deadline for applicants applying to commence in Autumn 2024 is 30 January 2024 

The project:

The phenomenal growth of digital data, devices and infrastructures has become a defining feature of the 21st Century. The social sciences have much to say about the social dimensions or effects of these digital phenomena (how people use technologies in everyday life for example). However, there has been less consideration of methodological approaches that engage simultaneously with technical and social phenomena in what is now a sociodigital world.

We invite applicants to propose a project - with a focus and orientation of their own choosing - which investigates how digital phenomena and social life are interwoven and co-evolving. This could include, for example, theoretical examination of ostensibly digital phenomena (for example high performance networks, computer visions, algorithms) that draws on Critical Data Studies, Actor Network Theory and/or Feminist Materialisms. Alternatively, it might involve the critical application of computational methods and ‘new and emerging forms of data’ (NEFD) to the study of ostensibly social phenomena (for example the changing organization of politics or economy).

These suggestions should be taken as examples only. There is considerable scope for applicants to define the project in accordance with their own strengths and interests (theoretical, methodological, substantive). Note, however, that we particularly welcome applications that pay attention to the methodological challenges of researching sociodigital phenomena as well as proposals from applicants keen to work across the Social Sciences and Engineering/Computer Science.

How to apply:

Please make an online application for this project by clicking the 'Apply' button, above.

Please select <Sociology PhD> on the Programme Choice page.

You will be prompted to enter details of the studentship in the Funding and Research Details sections of the form.

Please also refer to the important detailed guidance relevant to this studentship at:
https://www.bristol.ac.uk/fssl/research/sociodigital-futures/opportunities/esrc-funded-studentship/how-to-apply-phd/

Candidate requirements: Please see detailed guidance at:
https://www.bristol.ac.uk/fssl/research/sociodigital-futures/opportunities/esrc-funded-studentship/how-to-apply-phd/

Funding: Please see details at:
https://www.bristol.ac.uk/fssl/research/sociodigital-futures/opportunities/esrc-funded-studentship/

Contacts: Contact for interested applicants is  Professor Susan Halford

For queries relating to the application process, please contact 

censof-enquiries@bristol.ac.uk.

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