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technē studentships in the Institute for Design Innovation

   Institute for Design Innovation

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  Prof S Prendeville  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Loughborough University London is a part of technē; a consortium which comprises nine universities in London and the South-East, with almost 60 AHRC studentships to award each year across a range of arts and humanities disciplines. technē supports outstanding students pursuing the ‘craft’ of research through innovative, interdisciplinary and creative approaches.

For students technē provides:

- An environment for students who wish to be intellectually innovative and experimental

- Disciplinary and interdisciplinary training and networking opportunities

- Collaborative engagement with Partners in the creative, media and cultural sectors

- Rigorous scholarly training and opportunities to develop skills in innovation, critical thinking, risk taking, creativity and communication that are valued in academic and work contexts .

The Institute for Design Innovation (IDI) invites doctoral research proposals that fit with IDI’s research themes, that links to one or more of our current research projects, and that aligns with the research of one or more of our academic staff. IDI specialises in critical explorations on the roles, practices, methods, frameworks and concepts of design. Our research touches upon debates on how design shapes societal futures through addressing the challenges of livelihoods, economics, education, democracy, society, ecology and sustainability through design. By choosing a doctoral programme from IDI at Loughborough University London, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field and will join a vibrant research community. We have expertise in design management, participatory design, service design, design anthropology, ethnographic field research, visual culture, museum studies, gender studies, speculative methods and semiotics. We conduct our projects within the UK and internationally. Our interdisciplinary approach draws on theories from entrepreneurship, innovation management, grassroots innovation, social movement studies, visual culture and communications, cultural studies, anthropology, organisational and institutional theory, science and technology studies, and political economy.

We are currently seeking candidates interested in the following areas and topics: the politics of design (ontological design, counter-framing design, participatory design, design activism); design entrepreneurship within emerging ecosystems; service design systems for educational transformation.

General information about our research activities can be found here:

Contact relevant IDI faculty members directly for informal advice and to discuss your research ideas and fit to the institute.

For more information on how to apply, take a look at the listing on our website

The studentship is for 3.5 years and provides a tax-free stipend at the level set by the AHRC, with London Weighting, of £19,668 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK rate. International students may apply and we will cover the difference in tuition fee if they are successful in winning a techne scholarship. In order to qualify for UK fees, you must meet the UKRI eligibility criteria including the minimum UK residency requirement: Eligibility for studentship funding – UKRI. AHRC eligibility criteria apply and all AHRC awards are subject to the AHRC and UKRI terms and conditions. Please note that studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to this project and other advertised projects within the School. Funding decisions will not be confirmed until early May 2023.

Funding Notes

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Fees are reviewed annually and are likely to increase to take into account inflationary pressures.
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