Belfast City Council is partnering with Queen’s University Belfast to offer a 3 year PhD research studentship to explore the ethical considerations of developing a data-driven digital innovation programme.

Located within the School of Law, the studentship is funded as a Collaborative Studentship by Belfast City Council and the Department for the Economy. The successful candidate will research the topic of ‘exploring legal and ethical dimensions in Belfast’s planned Digital Innovation Ecosystem’, spending part of their time on placement with Belfast City Council’s City Innovation Team as an integral part of their research.

The funded studentship will cover UK/EU tuition fees (£4,407 per year), plus (for eligible candidates) a stipend of £17,285 per year, for three years.

The researcher will, alongside the normal facilities available in the School of Law and the Graduate School, have access to desk space at Belfast City Council, engagement with Council staff, and access to primary and secondary data sources and the ‘living lab’ environment which is part of the city’s plans. They will be able to engage with Council experts and with citizens as part of events.


Applications are open until 5 June 2020.

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