A PhD scholarship for research in the field of urban data is available through the Melbourne Networked Society Institute at the University of Melbourne.
Cities around the world increasingly deploy varied and multiple data streams — from apps on user-devices to distributed sensor networks — in order to inform better settings for service provision and resource use. This scholarship is available for a student investigating existing and emergent urban data practices in the context of contemporary smart city agendas. The research will focus on new opportunities for citizen engagement and the development of new models of planning and governance. Additionally, the research will address conceptual and practical challenges concerning practices of data acquisition and utilisation, including growing concerns around the effect of growing surveillance and the impact on privacy. (more…)