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Silver Economy: exploring and critically evaluating the design/development of technologies for the Silver Economy with older people

   Faculty of Business and Law

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  Prof R McNally, Prof P Schofield  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

Our vibrant, modern University is gaining prominence both nationally and internationally and we have ambitious plans for our future. Our main campuses in the cities of Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough have been transformed with major capital investments. With an annual turnover of £200m and over 39,000 students, we are a major force for higher education in the East of England.

The aim of this research will be to explore and critically evaluate the design/development of technologies for the Silver Economy with older people, mainly using approaches from science, technology and innovation studies and ageing studies (but with scope for other approaches too). Anglia Ruskin University’s Smart Living Accelerator will provide one site for fieldwork, although others may also be identified. The research will be mainly qualitative, and may involve interviews, focus groups, observation /ethnography and documentary analysis. Likely research participants are older people and their carers, those running testing facilities, and companies using their services. There is also scope for the candidate to do participatory research with older people.

The studentship will attract an annual tax-free stipend of £15,000 for up to 3 years, subject to satisfactory progress and will cover the UK/EU tuition fees. Applications from non-UK/EU students are welcome, but studentships for these students will only cover tuition fees up to the value of UK/EU tuition fees (currently £4,500) and students will be liable for the remainder. As part of the studentship the successful candidate would be expected to undertake up to six hours teaching or other research or administrative support per week and make a general contribution to activities of the Department.

The candidate will be based in LAIBS and supervised by Ruth McNally, LAIBS Professor of Technological Innovation and Social Change, and Professor Patricia Schofield, Deputy Dean for Research in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, and will be expected to enrol in the PhD programme in September 2016, completing their studies in August 2019.

Please visit our website for more information on this Studentship, the Department and how to apply.

We value diversity at Anglia Ruskin University and welcome applications from all sections of the community.
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