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PhD Studentship: Value Creation through Inclusive Design exploring the value of inclusive design in the mobile internet context

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    Dr H Dong
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Project Description

Application details

Reference number: LDS07/19HD
Start date of studentship: 1 October 2019
Closing date of advert: 16 August 2019
Interview date: 23 August 2019

Primary supervisor: Professor Hua Dong

Secondary supervisor: the second supervisor may change according to the candidate’s background and specific research interest
A funded PhD opportunity to conduct inclusive design research with renowned experts in the field, in a rigorous and inspiring research environment, supported by excellent academic and teaching facilities.

The successful candidate will have the chance to:
• work with world-leading experts to explore the frontier of design research
• get systematic research training and develop independent research skills
• become a member of a design research group and work professionally with academics and other PhD students
• benefit from a joint supervision team to broaden research horizons
• access outstanding research resources in Loughborough University and its connections with many professional bodies (e.g. Design Research Society)
• immerse in an inspiring environment of design and creative art and develop an awareness and understanding of contemporary design practice and design research culture

Loughborough University

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.
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Loughborough Design School is a world-leading, responsible design school that is rigorous and inspiring around design technology and human factors. It is ranked 28th in the QS Arts and Design Subject in 2019. The School is ranked 4th in the UK for the overall quality of research (REF2014) and has an international reputation in Design PhD training.

Full Project Detail

This PhD project explores the interface of inclusive design, value creation and mobile internet. Nowadays personal adoption of interface-based products is becoming easier and products can potentially be designed to be more inclusive from the start. However, inclusive design sometimes seems to conflict with developers’ security concerns, and its value needs to be made explicit to facilitate a wider adoption of inclusive design by industry. This project will require transdisciplinary research into design, technology, business, economics and ethics.

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Entry requirements

UK Masters degree or International equivalent. English Language requirement of IELTS band 7.0 or above. Candidates with a design/art degree will be an advantage.

Contact details

Name: Hua Dong
Email address: [Email Address Removed]
Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 564682

How to apply

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select Loughborough Design School

Please quote reference number: LDS07/19HD

Funding Notes

The studentship provides a tax-free stipend of £15,009 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. International (non-EU) students may apply; however, the total value of the studentship will be used to cover the cost of the International tuition fee.

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