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The use of digital media tools in creative placemaking practice.

   School of Computing, Engineering & the Built Environment

  Dr Tanis Grandison  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

This PhD opportunity will critically examine how people engage and experience place, and how technology can be used to alter and create new spaces resulting in ‘Blended Experiences’. This research aligns with areas of digital empathy, digital storytelling, and phenomenology. Research in this field can contribute to connections and identities within communities. Candidates with a proposal that aligns with these interests are invited to apply.

I am keen to hear from candidates that are interested in creative uses of technology to investigating and create alternate types of spaces and new practices.

Example areas of investigation may include:

  • Creative Placemaking for maginalised groups
  • Critical and community heritgage
  • Creative Placemaking and Nautre
  • Creative Placmaking and spiritualism

Perspective applicants are encouraged to contact the Supervisor before submitting their applications.

Applications should make it clear the project you are applying for and the name of the supervisors.

Academic qualifications

A first degree (at least a 2.1) ideally in Digital Media, Human Computer Interaction or User Experience Design with a good fundamental knowledge of some creative technologies such as Arduino, Adobe Suite, 3D design.

English language requirement

IELTS score must be at least 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in each of the four components). Other, equivalent qualifications will be accepted. Full details of the University’s policy are available online.

Essential attributes:

  • Experience of fundamental concepts in participatory design
  • Competent in working with research participants in workshop settings
  • Knowledge of Qualitative Methods
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Strong motivation, with evidence of independent research skills relevant to the project
  • Good time management

Desirable attributes:

  • Creative thinking, ability to communicate and engage with adults and children.

For enquiries about the content of the project, please email Dr Tanis Grandison

For information about how to apply, please visit our website

To apply, please select the link for the PhD Computing FT application form


Courage, C., & McKeown, A. (2020). Creative Placemaking (Routledge Studies in Human Geography) (1st ed.). Routledge.
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