|Location:||Newcastle upon Tyne|
|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students, International Students|
|Placed On:||16th November 2023|
|Closes:||28th March 2024|
100% Home fees covered and a minimum tax-free annual living allowance £18,622 (2023-24 UKRI rate)
Interested in designing interactive tools and experiences to support people’s spiritual journey? Techno-Spirituality is a growing design space in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) at the intersection of spirituality and interactive technologies. Religious and/or spiritual (R/S) practices are intertwined with everyday life and intrinsically linked to people’s wellbeing. This PhD will explore how interactive technologies can support R/S practices and wider wellbeing whilst critically investigating new challenges posed by digital and data-driven tools. Your research will contribute to Design and HCI by exploring the role bodies, places and materials play in R/S practices. The candidate will establish collaborations with key stakeholders and address the unique needs, values and aspiration of R/S communities through a design-led approach.
You will demonstrate critical understandings of this design space with particular attention to ethics of care, experiential design, notions of authenticity and privacy in the design of techno-mediated spiritual experiences. Topics for exploration could include (but not limited to):
This PhD will be shaped by the candidate’s own interests and experience in dialogue with the supervisory team.
Number of awards: 1
Start date: September 2024
Award duration: 3.5 years
Sponsor: School of Computing
Supervisors: Caroline Claisse
You must have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree in or international equivalent in a subject relevant to the proposed PhD project e.g. Design, Interaction Design, Human-Computer Interaction or Computer Science.
The applicant should be confident with Interaction Design as a discipline and willing to explore participatory process and co-creative methods. Excellent analytical skills and strong verbal and written communication skills are also essential requirements.
Experience in physical computing and designing for tangible and embodied interaction is desirable.
The studentship covers home fees (UK and EU applicants with pre-settled/settled status and meet the residency criteria). International applicants are welcome to apply but will be required to cover the difference between Home and International fees.
Applicants whose first language is not English require an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subsection. International applicants may require an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate prior to obtaining their visa and to study on this programme.
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