[visionlist] Funded interdisciplinary PhD studentships in Accessible Environments at the University of Stirling, UK: Deadline 14 April

Ross Goutcher ross.goutcher at stir.ac.uk
Mon Feb 20 10:12:50 -04 2023

The University of Stirling has announced funded PhD studentships across several research themes: https://www.stir.ac.uk/research/research-degrees/institute-for-advanced-studies-studentships/

International applicants are eligible.

Of particular interest for this mailing list may be the cluster on Accessible Environments, found under the Healthy Living and Ageing theme: https://www.stir.ac.uk/research/research-degrees/institute-for-advanced-studies-studentships/healthy-living-and-ageing/

This cluster of studentships aims to lead the way in identifying avenues for fair access and engagement for all, by understanding the needs of people who are typically excluded and unheard from and developing policy and technological advancement for long-term and sustainable change. Studentships in this cluster will help to develop a stronger understanding of the factors that influence accessibility across different groups, the effectiveness of existing solutions, and the social, political, and legal challenges to implementing new solutions for improving accessibility. Projects will build on existing research strengths at the University of Stirling, for example the work developed by the Centre for Mobile Cognition; Centre for Environment Dementia and Ageing Research; Stirling Autism Research; Stirling Vision and Image Processing group; Health Psychology Research Group, as well as NHS Partnerships, and campaigning/policy body links through Human Rights and Diplomacy programmes. We provide the opportunity to study people across the life span (from birth, including pre-natal care to old age), and with different life experiences (e.g., pregnancy, neurodiversity, disability, chronic illness, cognitive impairment, exposure to pollution). Broadly speaking, the research of these studentships will focus on people as they access urban, natural, and digital environments.

The cluster brings together supervisory expertise in neuroscience, psychology, computing, sociology, sport sciences, health sciences, education, social sciences, environmental geography, philosophy, media and communications, and other affiliated disciplines. Some example projects are listed below, but student-led proposals are also welcome:

  *   Co-designing community spaces with underrepresented user groups using virtual reality
  *   Improving accessibility through AI assisted sensory augmentation
  *   Navigating environments with cognitive impairment: Movement and the brain
  *   Understanding visual perception needs for (a) enhancing the visual accessibility of design for people with visual impairments/problems, (b) enhancing the safety and effective use of designed environments for both young and old people, and (c) understanding how visual and auditory perception can be integrated to enhance perceptual accessibility of designed environments

The deadline for application is 14 April, but it is strongly advised that you contact potential supervisory teams as soon as possible. If you are interested, please contact magdalena.ietswaart at stir.ac.uk<mailto:magdalena.ietswaart at stir.ac.uk> for an informal discussion about your interests, and to find possible supervisors. I would appreciate if you could forward this email to any students or research assistants you think might be interested.

Dr Ross Goutcher
Lecturer in Psychology
University of Stirling
Stirling, FK9 4LA

Tel: +44 1786 467 678
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