Fully funded PhD in Data Prototyping & Urban Futures: apply now!

Applications are invited for a full time, fully funded PhD studentship as part of our ongoing research into Urban Futures.

Fully funded PhD in Data Prototyping & Urban Futures: apply now!

ImaginationLancaster has an extensive portfolio and strong track record of major research into cities, working directly with policy makers and city stakeholders via UK Government Office for Science and the Future Cities Catapult.

This important post seeks to use a design-informed interdisciplinary perspective to address urban challenges and enhance the potential for impact activities with urban decision makers and communities. The successful PhD researcher will be based here in ImaginationLancaster, an internationally recognised, open and exploratory design-led research centre at Lancaster University.

The project

The PhD project will explore various experimental methods in which we can make data (urban, social, environmental etc.) tangible to contribute towards our understanding of the science of cities.

Whereas much of the focus on data visualisation is preoccupied with how we show evidence derived from empirical data, data prototyping provides opportunities to realise data in a form that can be used as an effective and interactive driver for communication, innovation and imagination. Data prototyping provides a range of methodologies to extend data visualisation by engaging citizen-centric rather than techno-centric approaches.

Therefore the PhD project will examine new ways to prototype data in both two and three dimensions and in both digital and physical forms. It will also seek to help people understand the potential for data and in turn help them make informed decisions. Finally, it will also contribute toward an effective platform for sharing data between the various research themes and projects based at ImaginationLancaster.

The successful candidate

The successful applicant will have a good first degree, a postgraduate degree and/or equivalent research experience in a field relevant to creative design, visualization and the built environment. Ideally they will also have excellent communication and visualisation skills and will be familiar with data analysis and synthesis. Strong applicants will be fluent with various CAD software packages and digital fabrication techniques. They will also have the ability to take full advantage of seeing the tools and systems they create through data prototyping in use, both in terms of practical design evaluation and theoretical reflection.

Generally applicants must be UK or EU citizens and be ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom.

How to apply

Studentship Value (as of October 2015):

  • Tuition Fees (UK/EU)
  • Maintenance Award of £14,057 (UK only)

Deadline: Wednesday 5th August 2015

To discuss this opportunity further please contact nick [dot] dunn [at] lancaster [dot] ac [dot] uk (Professor Nick Dunn).

In order to be considered for this studentship, please apply online via the University website.

You will need to submit an application for PhD Design, making clear in your personal statement that you wish to be considered for the EPSRC studentship in Data Prototyping & Urban Futures.

You will need to upload the following to your application:

  • a research proposal in the area of Data Prototyping & Urban Futures
  • a personal statement
  • your undergraduate and masters transcripts and degree certificates
  • names and email addresses of two academic referees

You should also send a covering letter, explaining why you are applying to this studentship to lica [at] lancaster [dot] ac [dot] uk.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact lica [at] lancaster [dot] ac [dot] uk or 01524 510899. Further details on the application process can be found on the LICA website.


14th of July 2015