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We are recruiting one PhD student to carry out research in partnership with Ordnance Survey with a focus on Outdoor Leisure. Candidates are expected to have a background in geospatial information, computer science, psychology, human factors, digital cartography or crowd sourcing. Candidates with backgrounds in other STEM subjects will also be considered if they can demonstrate capabilities in data analytics. The studentship is only available to UK/Home and EU students resident in the UK for a minimum of 3 years.

Our EPSRC funded Creating Our Lives in Data programme, aims to establish technologies and methods to enable producers and consumers in the Digital Economy to co-create smarter products in smarter ways, to re-establish trust in the use of personal data. 

Our students are innovating applications across sectors including consumer goods and food, creative industries, transport, high value products, and health and wellbeing – seeking out new synergies between them. We do not expect every student to be an expert in every area: our aim is to train people to work in transdisciplinary teams, ready to become future leaders in industry, the third sector and academia.

Ordnance Survey supports the British consumer to “Get Outside” through digital offerings such as the OS Maps mobile/desktop application in addition to traditional paper map products. While a large part of this has been about enabling people getting out into the British countryside and national parks for outdoor leisure such as walking and cycling, OS is also interested in encouraging access to other forms of green space such as urban parks. However, it remains difficult to understand how people access and use these different outdoor spaces and therefore what to recommend to different consumers. OS Maps encourages sharing of experience through the sharing of walking and cycling routes.

Ordnance Survey has conducted research in recent years with Horizon and other partners into people’s narratives on social media about their activities in different places. The challenge in this PhD is to gather better information about consumers’ use of urban and rural greenspace to share with and to encourage others. Possible means of understanding this might be through interpretation of online narratives and/or active engagement with individuals and outdoor leisure communities. If successful, the project might also extend to making recommendations. The research would be expected to link geospatial information (in collaboration with Ordnance Survey) and personal, especially web and social media data (through Horizon supervisors).

The student will benefit from:

A fully-funded four-year PhD programme that integrates a leading-edge research project with research training in transdisciplinary skills.An internship with our partner.An enhanced stipend of £17,200 per annum, a personal laptop and additional resources to support your study.A cohort of high achieving PhD researchers.A world class research environment with a proven track record of successful Horizon CDT graduates.

See: https://cdt.horizon.ac.uk for further details about our programme and how to apply.

Closing date: 2nd April 2020
Academic interviews: 1st and/or 2nd April 2020. 

Closing Date: 02 Apr 2020
Category: Studentships





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