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Technology-Enabled Monitoring, Privacy and Datafication of Home Working in the UK

Eligibility: UK/EU/International graduates with the required entry requirements

Funding details: Bursary plus tuition fees plus additional allowances

Duration: Full-Time – 3-3.5 years fixed term

Application deadline: 16 May 2022

Interview date: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Start date: September 2022

For further details contact: Dr Evronia Azer


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Introduction

Coventry University is inviting applications from suitably-qualified graduates for a fully-funded PhD studentship within the Centre for Business in Society. Applications from UK/International/EU students are welcome. The PhD student will study the impact of technology-enabled monitoring for home workers in the UK. The project will be located within the Data, Organisations and Society research cluster.

Project Details

The Pandemic has changed work practices with an unprecedented rise in homeworking. These practices look set to persist post-Pandemic, as demands for flexible and homeworking rise. This trend has increased technology-enabled monitoring levels for many workers, leading to questions about the implications for their working practices, datafication, privacy and wellbeing.

This project will explore how homeworkers’ experience technology-enabled workplace monitoring and the data that employers gather for this purpose. The interface between workplace monitoring and working practices will be investigated, to understand the positive and negative consequences for trust within the workplace, homeworkers’ wellbeing, privacy and vulnerability. Workers in different roles, sectors and at different levels of seniority will be studied. As well as contributing theoretically, the project will provide policy and practice implications on appropriate technology-enabled workplace monitoring and the protection of workers’ information rights.

Funding

This is a fully-funded studentship, including tuition fees and stipend/bursary.

Benefits

The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.

All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

Entry Requirements

  • A bachelor’s (honours) degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum classification of 2:1 and a minimum mark of 60% in the project element (or equivalent), or an equivalent award from an overseas institution.

PLUS

  • the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within 3.5 years
  • An adequate proficiency in English must be demonstrated by applicants whose first language is not English. The general requirement is a minimum overall IELTS Academic score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the four sections, or the TOEFL iBT test with a minimum overall score of 95 with a minimum of 21 in each of the four sections.
Additional Requirements
  • Example of candidate’s written work: research paper, MSc thesis, or professional report.

How to apply

All applications require full supporting documentation, and a covering letter – plus the following For pre-determined (named) projects an up-to 2000-word supporting statement is required showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project. 

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