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Socio-demographic inequality in human mobility, Computer Science – PhD (Funded)

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  • Full or part time
    Dr H Barbosa
    Prof R Menezes
  • Application Deadline
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  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Human travelling behaviours lie at the core of a broad range of human-driven dynamics such as disease spreading, traffic congestions and flows of goods and information. At the urban level, most of the mobility dynamics are related to the realisation of individual and collective activities, such as people running errands, commuting from home to work, and attending social gatherings, to name a few. On the one hand, urban mobility infrastructures can make cities more socio-demographically diverse, facilitating interactions among people of different backgrounds. On the other hand, higher-order interactions between the transportation systems and the underlying urban sociodemographic structures might affect the mobility capacities of different strata in particular ways. From an economic argument, it is reasonable to believe that cities where urban mobility is more costly (e.g., expensive public transportation fares, high vehicle maintenance costs, etc.), populations from different socioeconomic classes are likely to navigate these systems in different ways. Another dimension could be that gender differences (e.g., social and family roles) could affect the activity schedules of men and women in different ways, causing therefore quantitative discrepancies (and perhaps inequalities) in their overall mobility patterns. As the world’s urban populations become increasingly larger (especially in the developing world), it is expected that the pressures on many of the underlying systems (e.g., housing and transportation), dynamics (e.g., crimes) and services (e.g., social welfare) will also increase. In this project, our objective is to explore the different sociodemographic mechanisms at play when it comes to human travelling behaviours and how they impact the underlying economic, social and physical urban systems.

This award provides annual funding to cover UK/EU/International tuition fees in full, plus at least £15,009 per year tax-free stipend.

The studentship will be awarded on the basis of merit for 3.5 years of full-time study to commence in January 2020.

How to Apply
In the application process you will be asked to upload several documents.
• CV
• Letter of application (outlining your academic interests, prior research experience and reasons for wishing to undertake the project).
• Transcript(s) giving full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained (this should be an interim transcript if you are still studying)

The closing date for applications is midnight on 18th October 2019. Interviews will be held on the University of Exeter Streatham Campus the week commencing on October 21st.

If you have any general enquiries about the application process please email [Email Address Removed] or phone +44 (0)1392 722730 or +44 (0)1392 725150. Project-specific queries should be directed to the main supervisor.

Funding Notes

Applicants for this studentship must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in an appropriate area of science or technology.

If English is not your first language you will need to have achieved at least 6.0in IELTS and no less than 6.0 in any section by the start of the project. Alternative tests may be acceptable (see

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