About the Project
This research would study the human-computer interaction between the design of social computing technologies concerned with growing, procuring, and cooking food and the everyday practices that they support and influence. In particular, it will seek to understand how factors of interaction design affect engagement and the dissemination of knowledge and skills required for alternative forms of consumption. Essentially, understanding how design affects community participation, and the scope and ability for carrying out sustainable food practices between the online and offline worlds. The research will include an exploration of the urban and digital design space of sustainable food through prototyping and participatory design. This will explore, for example, different ways of capturing, presenting and distributing information and ways of doing food (cooking, growing, procuring) through social interactions in online and offline communities, and how digital technologies can support distributed community participation in food practices.
Eligibility and How to Apply
Please note eligibility requirement:
• Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
• Appropriate IELTS score, if required (evidence required by 1 August 2017).
For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see
Please ensure you quote the advert reference above on your application form.
Deadline for applications: 20 January 2017
Start Date: 2 October 2017
Northumbria University is an equal opportunities provider and in welcoming applications for studentships from all sectors of the community we strongly encourage applications from women and under-represented groups.
• Fully funded studentships include a full stipend, paid for three years at RCUK rates for 2017/18 (this is yet to be set, in 2016/17 this is £14,296 pa) and fees (Home/EU £4,350 / International £13,000 / International Lab-based £16,000), and are available to applicants worldwide.
• As Northumbria celebrates its 25th anniversary as a University and in line with our international outlook, some projects may also be offered to students from outside of the EU supported by a half-fee reduction.
Adrian K. Clear, Mike Hazas, Janine Morley, Adrian Friday, and Oliver Bates. Domestic Food and Sustainable Design: A Study of University Student Cooking and its Impacts. In Proceedings of CHI 2013. Paris, FR. May, 2013.
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