Digital Economy & Society: ESRC Wales DTP PhD Collaborative Studentship at Swansea University

  • Phd
  • Full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend
  • 3 May 2019

This scholarship is funded by ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board and Fieldbay Care Group.

‚ÄĆSwansea University, supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Wales (Wales DTP), invites applications for funded PhD study, available to start in October 2019. The following collaborative studentship is available in the¬†Digital Economy and Society pathway¬†of the Wales DTP:

‚ÄėInvestigating Meaningful Making in Communities of People Living with Brain Injury‚Äô (working title), in collaboration with Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board and Fieldbay Care Group.

The Maker Movement has the potential to help people with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) enormously by giving them the ability to make unique, personally tailored assistive technology while at the same time engaging in social, communities and therapeutic meaningful work. This research explores how the skills and community can be introduced to people with ABI.

We are looking for a student with a background in psychology, social care, social sciences, or computer science who can bring their own unique perspective to this work.

Project description:

Acquired brain injury (ABI) causes cognitive issues with far reaching consequences for those who live with it. Social care services and neuro-rehabilitation groups struggle to deal with the unique, wide-ranging needs this group exhibits. Pervasive digital technologies can help address these challenges by collecting data and, with analysis, act as a cognitive aid, however, in practice the people who could benefit most from this use it the least. Advocates within the Maker Movement want to help by enabling people living with disabilities to remake the world around them to tap into big data’s potential, and have shown success with people with physical disabilities. However, the tools needed are not easily accessible for people living with cognitive issues.

This studentship is a ‚Äėcollaborative‚Äô award. Applicants should take careful consideration of the working title and description of the project, and may wish to contact the named supervisor and / or the Swansea pathway contact for a discussion prior to applying. They are:¬†

·        Supervisors: Dr. Stephen Lindsay (, Dr. Jeremy Tree ( and Dr. Zoe Fisher (ABMU)
·        Pathway contact: Dr. Matthew Roach


Academic eligibility:
ESRC studentships are highly competitive. Candidates should have an excellent background in the social sciences, holding a 1st¬†or upper 2nd¬†class degree; applications from those also holding a relevant research training Master's degree (or an equivalent background in research training) will be considered for a ‚Äė+3‚Äô award.

Residential eligibility:
Due to funding restrictions, these scholarships are not open to international candidates.

Please visit our website for more information on eligibility.


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The studentship provides the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend. There will be additional funds available for research expenses.

Studentship awards commence in October 2019 and will cover your tuition fees as well as a maintenance grant (currently £15,009 per annum for 2019/20 for full-time students, updated each year) and includes access to an additional Research Training Support Grant (RTSG). There are other opportunities and benefits available to studentship holders, including an overseas fieldwork allowance (if applicable), internship opportunities, oversea institutional visits and other small grants.


Please visit our website for more information.

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