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Clusters of creativity - Conurbations & Co-location. To compare and foster innovation exchange between the Gateway cluster’s conurbation and Bergen’s co-location site, MediaCity.

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  • Full or part time
    Dr O Mould
    Prof J Ellis
  • Application Deadline
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  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

An opportunity to join a cohort of six PhDs on the AHRC funded StoryFutures - an innovative project aiming to define and develop next generation storytelling approaches in the creative industries, with a focus on virtual, augmented and mixed reality, with ample scope for the studentships to be shaped by the candidates as their research develops. Please see:

StoryFutures PhDs will be supported through an extensive range of training and other opportunities to grow networks, teach, and share research, including the Researcher Development Programme provided by Royal Holloway, contributing to your programme of continuing professional development (CPD) (please see ). Students will also have access to an exciting programme of cohort activities provided by Royal Holloway to the TECHNE AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership (please see ), with lively postgraduate communities, and access to the latest VR, AR equipment at the StoryFutures audience engagement labs.

Our partners span film, TV, gaming, VFX and immersive and include: BBC Studios, Pinewood Studios, National Film and Television School, Immerse UK, Resource Productions, BFI, Connect TVT, Imaginarium Studios, The National Gallery, Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe, Creative Engine, Screen South and nDreams.

Application form reference: StoryFutures PHD 2 /Theme 2- Emergent value networks and business models.

The project will focus on geographical, economic and social evolution of businesses, membership bodies, government agencies and higher education institutions as they operate in the StoryFutures cluster. The PhD project asks how creative industry businesses connect with government, local agencies and universities, driving growth in the region, and assessing the role of universities as catalysts. There is the opportunity for a comparative study of StoryFutures with MediaCity in Bergen, Norway, which faces similar issues to StoryFutures. These include, businesses with widely differing business models, SMEs facing rapid technological change, and geographical factors that impact inter-company co-operation, sectoral growth, and incubation of effective networks.

The candidate will have undergraduate and Master’s degrees which offer a suitable foundation for research on intercompany relationships, creative industries and spatial science. Economic geography knowledge of clustering will be an advantage. Research methods will be predominately qualitative, but there is the opportunity to use social network analysis tools and other more quantitative methods as required.

Candidates will be comfortable working within a highly interdisciplinary team and be able to demonstrate their competencies in problem solving and critical thinking skills, project time-management, organisational and communicational skills, flexibility in approach, while addressing clear creative industries business challenges, and identifying clear potential commercial returns.

The PhD is supervised by Dr. Oli Mould (Department of Geography) and Professor John Ellis (Department of Media Arts, Royal Holloway/University of Bergen). For an informal discussion of this PhD please contact Dr. Oli Mould: [Email Address Removed]

Theme 2 partners: Business South, Connect TVT, Figment Productions, Frames Collective, Immerse UK, Screen South, Spelthorne Council, The Accelerator Networks.


Submit, no later than midnight GMT on Sunday 5th May 2019, here:

Select ‘PhD Media Arts’ as the course name, and ensure that at the head of your Expression of Interest document you state the title and reference number of the PhD. Outline your qualification for the studentship, describing how the PhD would be approached, as well as the interests, experience and skills that would be brought to this. Please submit CV, writing sample, and creative sample (if applicable).

Form tips:

Section 6 Supporting Statements:
• ‘Research Proposal’ area, upload Expression of Interest (max 2 pages, Arial font, size 10, single spaced).
• ‘Personal statement’, select ‘Enter details’, enter “Not applicable.”
• ‘Pre-written Research proposal’, select ‘Enter details’, enter “Not applicable.”
• ‘Upload documents’, select ‘Upload’, select ‘Portfolio/practical assessment sample’, upload:
1. Writing sample.
2. Link to creative sample/s, if applicable.

Section 7 References:
• Enter details of academic referee.

Section 8 Additional Information:
• ‘Upload’, category ‘CV’, upload Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 A4 pages, Arial font, size 10, single spaced).

Shortlisted applicants will be notified shortly thereafter. Interviews will be at Royal Holloway’s Egham campus on Monday 20th May, 2019.

Funding Notes

An annual tax-exempt stipend of £17,009 (plus fees at home/EU rates) for three years. Study support funding is available, with claimable expenses reimbursed up to a total of £1,000 per year. Start in September 2019 or as close as possible thereafter.

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