Posted on: 26 November, 2018
Application deadline: December 10, 2018

PhD Studentship – Fostering Inclusivity in Smart City Design, Institute for Design Innovation, Loughborough University London, UK

Application details

Reference number: 2019/TECHNE/EBKK

Start date: October 2019
Closing date: Monday 10 December 2018 (deadline extended)
Interview date: TBC

Project detail

This project will be eligible for application to the Techné Doctoral Training Partnership funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) which supports high quality candidates to pursue the ‘craft’ of research through innovative, interdisciplinary and creative approaches to the study of the arts and humanities.
TECHNE provides an outstanding graduate training experience, drawing together the best of traditional scholarship, history, theory and practice across ten higher education institutions in London and the South East, with extensive collaboration from 15 world-leading partners including the Natural History Museum, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, the Science Museum and Crafts Council.
As a consortium member of TECHNE, the Institute for Design Innovation welcomes outstanding candidates with a research interest in exploring the inclusivity of digital innovation agenda in the urban setting. This agenda presupposes moving beyond innovation for accessibility to an iterative process of collaboration between disabled citizens, designers and town planners. This project will investigate whether design and/or designers promote or hinder such agenda through their current perception and understanding of inclusivity and their practices.
The successful candidate will be based at the Loughborough University London campus, located on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London. The research is expected to contribute significantly to the activities and impact of the Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDIH), and joint initiative of Loughborough University London and academic partners, aiming at building a movement to accelerate disability innovation for a fairer world.
Entry requirements

An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification and a relevant master’s degree.

Funding information

Subject to AHRC eligibility criteria, TECHNE studentships cover tuition fees and an additional stipend for three years’ full-time, or part-time equivalent for six years. Stipend rates for 2019-20 are yet to be announced; however the stipend for 2018-19 was £16,777.  International students are not eligible to apply for AHRC studentships and EU students are eligible for fees only.
Successful candidates can also apply for additional funding to support individual or group training and developmental activities.

How to apply

In order to be considered, you need to apply to, and be recommended by Loughborough University London: you cannot apply directly to TECHNE.  Applications should be made online at  Under programme name, please select Media and Creative Industries from the list.
Please quote reference number: 2019/TECHNE/EBKK

Contact details

Dr Erik Bohemia, Senior Lecturer, Institute for Design Innovation, Loughborough University London

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