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Virtual Reality networking of the future: Facilitated social inclusion and cohesion in the virtual space

  • Full or part time
    Dr N Heym
    Dr D Kuss
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, April 12, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Research Aims, Design & Planning

The project will identify technical and psychological features essential for VR networking environments to effectively function and facilitate optimal group dynamics/cohesion. Specifically it will:
(i) explore technical capabilities to develop a flexible VR meeting environment allowing participants to virtually join meetings in real time, and
(ii) systematically examine the effects of VR-facilitated networking on virtual social cohesiveness and group functioning/performance (relative to in-vivo and more standard computer/mobile applications). We will use a multi-method approach examining experiential, affective and cognitive processes involved in VR based networking.


This is a multi-method project examining experiential, affective and cognitive processes in VR. It would be the first study to investigate optimisation of VR environments in creating a sense of belonging, social cohesion and presence (relative to in-vivo and more standard computer/mobile applications), accounting for technological and psychological factors that enhance networking performance. These relationships have not been investigated previously. As such, the project will provide a scientific framework for the effectiveness of virtual group networking dynamics and decision-making processes and ways of improving the experience from a business, technology and psychological perspective.


Applicants must apply using the online form on the University Alliance website at Full details of the programme, eligibility details and a list of available research projects can be seen at

The final deadline for application is 12 April 2019.

Funding Notes

DTA3/COFUND participants will be employed for 36 months with a minimum salary of (approximately) £20,989 per annum. Tuition fees will waived for DTA3/COFUND participants who will also be able to access an annual DTA elective bursary to enable attendance at DTA training events and interact with colleagues across the Doctoral Training Alliance(s).
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 801604.

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