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DTC GEO 9 - Platforming Knowledge Production with focus on the "digital turn" in human geography and proximate disciplines

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  • Full or part time
    Dr C Muellerleile
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

Digital platforms now play a role in most economic sectors, and knowledge production and consumption in higher education are no exception. Partnering with groups such as CHERISH-DE at Swansea University, this project will explore how digital platforms are changing labour and consumption practices, value production, and rent extraction in the rapidly privatising higher education sector in Wales and more broadly across the UK (although other public sector organisations such as urban service providers, local authorities and local government will be considered). Based in both Geography and Media and Communication Studies, this jointly supervised Ph.D. project will focus on the “digital turn” in human geography and proximate disciplines, employing political economic analysis to grapple with the ideological, material, and crucially, spatial transformation of data, information, and knowledge both inside universities but also in relation to firms that sell services to universities and public sector organisations such as publishers, educational technology companies, and social media platforms.

Entry requirements

Candidates must have a minimum of an upper second class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, or an appropriate Master’s degree (with Merit). Informal enquiries are welcome by emailing the project supervisor.

For candidates whose first language is not English, we require IELTS 6.5 (with 6.0 in each component) or equivalent. Please visit our website for a list of acceptable English language tests. We prefer candidates to have already met the English Language requirements at the point of application, although this is not a requirement.

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Funding Notes

Student Finance England have announced plans to offer student loans for PhD level courses from September 2018 for courses at any PhD awarding university (including Swansea University). Full details are still to be confirmed. Visit our website for updated information. –

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