AHRC/NPIF PhD Studentship

AHRC funded PhD studentship on Designing Future Interactions with Money

Deadline for initial discussion with supervisor: 16th June 2017

Deadline for full application: 30th June 2017

Northumbria University has a PhD studentship available to explore our future interactions with money. The studentship is fully funded (at current RCUK rates of £14,296 per annum, plus payment of tuition fees) for three years, scheduled to begin in October 2017, and will be conducted in collaboration with Santander UK.

The project:

Money is constantly evolving. Technologies such as ATMs, mobile and online banking and contactless payments have led to drastic shifts in how money is handled and accessed. Banks, retailers and service providers are trying to embrace a cashless society and futures where money is dematerialised, where authentication is seamless yet secure, and where customers are engaged across many platforms and channels. Simultaneously, distributed ledgers, crypto- and local-currencies are offering alternative visions of how monetary systems might work in the future.

This PhD will explore how digital technology might continue to radically change how we interact with money in the future. It will focus on a design-led enquiry into how emerging technologies (e.g. smart contracting, plug-and-play artificial intelligence, conversational interfaces) offer a new suite of materials that interaction designers can experiment with in fintech design. The PhD will be formed of three design case studies, open to be defined by the student. Case studies might present critical explorations of the implications these technologies might have on citizens’ lives, or alternatively offer solutions that empower specific user groups in accessing and managing their finances. The definition and conduct of case studies will be aided by Santander, our project partner, who will offer problem contexts, engagement with participants and placements for the successful candidate. The studentship will be supervised by Prof. John Vines and Prof. Lars Erik Holmquist.

Applications:

Applicants must be a United Kingdom citizen or be a resident of another European Union country to hold an AHRC studentship. It is expected the candidate will have a strong undergraduate degree and/or Master’s degree in interaction design or a related field and have proficient design and technical skills.

If you are interested in applying for this studentship, then please get in contact with John Vines as soon as possible but by June 16th 2017 at the very latest – john.vines@northumbria.ac.uk

For more information on the application process, visit here: https://nuwebapps.northumbria.ac.uk/northumbria-sunderland-cdt/national-productivity-investment-fund-studentships.html

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