About the Project
The work on the doctoral study PhD will focus on the management of digital identifiers in cases where the less digitally confident share their details with others, for instance as used in decentralised identity systems. The study will address the gap between (a) users’ real-world information practices around sharing access to digital identifiers and (b) the assumptions of self-management that underpin the concept of many decentralised identity infrastructures.
The research aspects of this project are information and people focused, and it will make use of advanced digital identity frameworks such as self-sovereign identity and distributed identity. This project is for a student with a focus on information practice research, and an interest in and ability to understand and explain the underlying technologies.
A first degree (at least a 2.1) ideally in a subject that has included information science and/or (cyber) security with a good fundamental knowledge of information systems.
English language requirement
IELTS score must be at least 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in each of the four components). Other, equivalent qualifications will be accepted.
• Experience of fundamental topics related to information science
• Competent in qualitative research
• Knowledge of information behaviour, data protection, information security
• Good written and oral communication skills
• Strong motivation, with evidence of independent research skills relevant to the project
• Good time management
An ability to work with a range of people (including researchers and practitioners) across different disciplines, in particular, an interest in understanding relevant technologies and how they can work in cases where citizens are not skilled or motivated computer users.
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