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  Collaborative Practice-based PhD in Creative Technology for Placemaking in the Future High Street


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About the Programme

In partnership with Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council (KMBC), Liverpool Screen School (LSS), Liverpool School of Art and Design (LSAD) and the Faculty of Engineering and Technology (FET) at LJMU, this Practice-based PhD will focus on looking at how creative technologies can contribute to reversing the decline of the high street.

Focusing on the town centres of Huyton, Prescot and Kirkby and working alongside key teams in KMBC (Culture, IT, Development and Communities Team), the project will research and develop creative interventions that put technology at the heart of regeneration and placemaking. It will explore and test the use of the creative applications of interactive media and immersive technologies (AR, Mixed Reality, Sensor-based Media) with the aim of enhancing place and community through innovative approaches to the use of emerging platforms.

Many of the UKs high streets are facing similar issues, needing to urgently address new approaches to creating community and experiences that will encourage significant improvements in footfall, community building and economic activity.

This three year collaborative PhD will look to address this by marrying up technical expertise with evidence-based research from a variety of disciplines supported through the partnership with LJMU and a cross-disciplinary team of experts from across the partners. The aims are to have some very practical outcomes for testing the viability and feasibility of digital and creative approaches to placemaking for the future development of council strategies and policy towards regeneration.

It is a fully funded three year PhD, which includes an annual tax-free stipend (currently worth £15,009 per annum), tuition fees (worth £4525 per annum) and a consumables/training budget (£2500-£3000 per year). You will have access to a number of state of the art resources at LJMU including the new Liverpool Immersive Experience Lab (LIVELab) and the Experimental Technologies LAB/Institute of Art and Technology (ETL/IAT) and the content production facilities at Liverpool Screen School.

Qualifications and Experience


  • Undergraduate Degree in Digital Design, Computer Science, Games Development, Interactive Media, Creative Technology, Multimedia Design or related area


  • Postgraduate qualification in an area related to the project


  • Practical Multimedia Development Skills, knowledge of interactive media development (such as Games Engines, real time data integration, sensor-based media development, app development)
  • Design and Creative Skills- (ie Adobe Creative Suite, media content production)
  • Project Management


  • Communication- able to gather insight and translate it to both none technical and technical teams, ability to work within the communication parameters of a local authority
  • Self-starter- able to work to deadlines and milestones independently and with others as appropriate


  • 1-2 years working on creative/technical/R&D projects in a commercial, research or local authority setting

Key dates

Due to the urgency of the needs of the project we are looking to start the PhD in October 2019. The deadline for applications (CV and Cover Letter) is Midnight on Monday 16th September 2019. Interviews will take place in late September.

Please send your detailed CV, Cover Letter and Links to your work, alongside details of your referees, to Peter Woodbridge, Senior Lecturer in Digital Media, at

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.