This PhD project will examine how, where and by whom existing and newly generated datasets (quantitative and qualitative) are being utilised to develop and inform policy and public service management and to engage users/citizens. It will focus on a limited number of service/policy areas where relationships with users and the curation of data enable us to test out how analytical techniques (e.g. data analytics, modelling and data visualisation) are being applied by policy makers and service managers to assess and measure the effectiveness of current and potential interventions and the potential for their use to increase. As well as focusing on the potential of data to improve decision-making and empower service users, the project will identify barriers to adoption of new methods and ways in which organisations can learn how to use data more effectively. The principal focus of the project will be on Glasgow but the use of data in some other UK 'core cities' will be examined to add a comparative dimension and to explore the possibilities of cross-city learning. The objectives will include identifying other effective uses of data sources by the end of the project, in partnership with users.
Applicants will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in handling data and use of statistical methods but an understanding of relevant policy fields where innovative approaches are being applied is the key pre-requisite. There will be opportunities for the successful candidate to develop expertise in data analysis techniques. The project will benefit from connections with both Policy Scotland and the Urban Big Data Centre.
Candidates interested in applying for funded PhD study on this project are encouraged to make informal contact with the Supervisor(s) in the first instance.
Candidates wishing to submit an application should prepare and submit the following documentation:
The application form which includes a personal statement in which you should detail the particular attributes and/or achievements which make you a suitable candidate to undertake the proposed project
• Your CV
• Your degree transcripts
• Two references in support of your application
The closing date for receipt of complete applications is Friday, 25 March 2016. Applications should be emailed to Adeline Callander, Graduate School Administrator ([email protected]