PhD Position: Facilitators of Technology-Facilitated Relational and Sexual Violence

   Faculty of Business and Social Sciences

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  Dr Brandon Sparks  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

The advent of the internet and the rise in smartphone usage has fundamentally changed the way in which we interact with one another. While there are many benefits made possible by these advances, they have also opened up new avenues for traditional forms of violence to occur and ushered in new types of offenses that were previously unheard of. These are often referred to as Technology-Facilitated Relational and Sexual Violence (TFRSV) offenses, which captures acts such as coerced sexting, cyberflashing, cyberstalking, and the non-consensual sharing of intimate images, among others.

There is a growing body of literature devoted to the impact of TFRSV on victims, which highlights the need to better understand the individuals who perpetuate these forms of violence. With new laws emerging in the UK to tackle these issues, there is also a need to document the potential facilitators of these acts so effective interventions can be used. In the case of non-consensual intimate image sharing, there exist additional populations of interest, such as those who view (but do not contribute to) websites designed for the sharing of these images.

If these sound like topics that are of interest to you, I invite you to apply for this position. If you have evidence- or theory-based contributions to offer, you are more than welcome to mention this in your application (even if they are some rough ideas).

My research is organised around the following themes:

  • Sexual offending
  • Healthy relationships
  • Youth offending
  • Technology-facilitated violence

Informal enquiries can be made via email to:

Brandon Sparks, Department of Psychology: [Email Address Removed]

How to apply

Your application should consist of a CV and contact details of two academic referees. You must also include a personal statement (1,000 words maximum) describing your suitability for the selected project including how your research experience and interests relate to my work.

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