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KESS 2 East Studentship on The State of the City Region: Developing a Data Visualisation Tool

Cardiff School of Geography and Planning

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Dr G Bristow , Dr B Webb No more applications being accepted Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

The main aim of the project is to establish a data set and form of digital tools and visualisations to help the Economic Growth Partnership and the Cardiff Capital Region Cabinet to track development trends and benchmark the region’s performance over time. As well as providing a rich evidence base to inform decision-making across the CCR, a further aim of this project is to better understand the very varied economic and social geography of the region, and the scale of both the opportunities and the challenges facing those charged with finding ways to grow and spread economic opportunities in a truly transformative way. In so doing, the project will connect to smart city debates and the politics of big urban data and governance by exploring who will use the data dashboard and with what effects. Key deliverables will include:

• A functional data dashboard for use by key stakeholders across the city region;
• A critical evaluation of the dashboard’s utility and role in assisting CCR decision-makers with investment based on a small number of tests of its utility and effectiveness.

A parallel studentship will commence at the same time exploring the role of key economic sectors in the city region.

Academic Criteria

You will have a first class or strong second class honours degree and appropriate masters degree in spatial planning / human geography or cognate discipline. Training will be provided in requisite digital skills and data visualisations.

Eligibility Criteria
Applicants must:
• have a home address in East Wales area (details below) * at the time of registration.
• have the right to take up paid work in the East Wales area* on completion of the scholarship.
• be classified by the University as ‘home’ or ‘EU’ for tuition fees purposes according to the University’s guidelines.
• satisfy Cardiff University’s Entry Requirements
*East Wales area covers: Vale of Glamorgan/Cardiff/ Newport/Monmouthshire/Powys/Wrexham/Flintshire

It is a condition of eligibility for KESS2 funding that you have not applied for, nor are intending to apply for, a doctoral or research master’s loan.
Please read clause (3) (m) of The Education (Postgraduate Doctoral Degree Loans) (Wales) Regulations 2018 for more information.


In the first instance, you should make initial enquiries via the named School/academic supervisor for each funded KESS2 project. All applicants must apply initially to the Doctor of Philosophy in Geography and Planning identifying the KESS2 Scholarship they wish to be considered for.
If deemed suitable for the project, you will be invited to complete a KESS2 participant form which assesses eligibility for funding. You must also be able to provide supporting documentary evidence of their eligibility. Guidance on this requirement is outlined in the KESS2 participant form. Suitable applicants will be sent this form to complete following the School selection process. Further advice is available from the KESS2 team at [Email Address Removed].

Applicants should apply to the Doctor of Philosophy in Geography and Planning with a start date of 1 July 2020:

In the research proposal section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided. In the funding section, please select ’I will be applying for a scholarship/grant’ and specify that you are applying for advertised funding from KESS2.

Funding Notes

Full UK/EU tuition fees
Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum
Stipend of circa £14,000 per annum as well as around £9k project support costs available for consumables, travel, minor equipment, training (including the KESS Grad School) and conference attendance.
UK Research Council eligibility conditions apply

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