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EPRSC PhD Studentship at the Operations and Information Management Department of Aston Business School, Aston University in Birmingham

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£14777.00 pa bursary for up to 3.5 years, plus tuition fees and supplementary funding for training and conference attendance.

This studentship will commence in April 2019.

Closing Deadline: Friday 11th January 2019

To be eligible for a full award you must be an EU/UK National.For an assessment of whether you would be eligible for a full or a partial award as an EU citizen, or if you are a refugee, migrant worker, or EEA national please read through the eligibility criteria on the following link: .

The successful applicant may carry out research in any one of the following broad themes:

Servitization provides manufacturers with considerable opportunities to broaden their revenue streams. You will explore topics, such as servitization as a new business model; the role of the Internet of Things and AI in the change towards servitization; You will join The Advanced Services Group ( – a research centre internationally recognised for its research in this area. You will have access to the Centre's industrial partners for data collection and quantitative and qualitative data already gathered.

Big Data and Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA)
Organizations collect data from various sources (e.g. loyalty cards, smart energy usage metres), with the aim to improve their performance and create competitive advantage. DEA is a cutting-edge method for efficiency and productivity analysis. You will join an internationally recognised faculty team for research in the theory and application in DEA. You will explore how Big Data can be exploited in the framework of DEA for example in clustering and segmentation to identify sets of homogeneous units to further analyse big data.

Disaster Management
Providing relief support for disaster victims is a priority for governments and NGOs. You will explore how optimisation, simulation, analytics, artificial intelligence, and/or Blockchain could be deployed in disaster management. An example of a project in this theme is the creation of a platform to inform decision-making during and after disaster situations. You will join the Aston CRISIS centre (, which has expertise managing international projects in the field, including funded projects by the European Commission.

The use of game-based learning is widespread in universities and vocational training and is generally thought to be beneficial. However others believe it lacks the credibility of non-game-based learning methods (e.g. lectures and tests). By undertaking this research you will attempt to answer the question: is game-based learning more or less effective than non-game based learning, and if so, how, why and when?

The methods you will use may include, but not be limited to, systematic literature review, systems thinking, experimentation, statistical analysis, empirical field work and inductive logic. During your research you will have the support of game-user expertise within the OIM Department which has produced industry and EPSRC funded games for a variety of uses including reducing energy consumption and developing advanced services. You will join Aston University's ‘A-Game', the Aston Centre for Teaching Excellence in Games, Experiments and Simulations.

We are seeking candidates with a minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) honours degree. An MSc degree will be an advantage.

For further details please contact Professor Emmanuel Thanassoulis [email protected]

How to Apply
Please send to Jennifer Knight at [email protected] a cover letter explaining how you meet the EPSRC eligibility conditions for this award, attach a CV indicating your preferred theme from the four above and attach a research proposal explaining for the research questions you would address, how you propose to address them and what contribution to knowledge you anticipate. Do the same for each additional theme that interests you, if any.

For more details on the research themes please see

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. It is available to citizens of a number of European countries (including the UK). In most cases this will include all EU nationals. However full funding may not be available to all applicants and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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