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Understanding diversity and inclusion barriers in software engineering

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, March 15, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

The software industry is in a diversity crisis. Despite the recent push to increase diversity, tech jobs remain dominated by men. Women represent less than 25% of the tech workforce at companies like Google and Facebook. The representation is even worse in Open Source Software (OSS), where less than 10% of developers are women. We know that gender diversity on software teams brings many benefits (e.g. improved productivity, innovation, and user experience). It is, therefore, critical to attract and retain women in tech. Yet, women have significantly higher turnover rates (twice as high as men), with many leaving to pursue jobs outside of tech.

This project will investigate specific barriers that contribute to the lack of gender diversity in the software industry. The research methodology will include lab experiments, interviews, and questionnaires.

PhD Location: The University of Auckland, New Zealand
The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university and one of the world’s major research universities. It is internationally recognized for excellence and was ranked 85th in the world in the most recent QS World University Rankings, making it a prestigious place to do your PhD research.

Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city and the center of the country’s retail and commercial activities. The city is surrounded by 11 dormant volcanoes, numerous picturesque islands, surf beaches, and an abundance of bush walks.

Funding Notes

Funding covers all fees and provides a living stipend.

Applications should be sent via email to Dr. Blincoe. The email subject should be "Application for PhD scholarship". The application must include all academic transcripts, a CV, and a statement of research interests. Applications that do not contain all required information will not be reviewed.

Entry requirements can be found at: View Website

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