M.Phil./Ph.D. studentship in e-consultation

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QUB School of Management and Economics is offering a studentship to research electronic public consultation in Ireland.

M.Phil./Ph.D. studentship in e-consultation

QUB School of Management and Economics

How can we use electronic communications technologies, such as the Internet and mobile 'phones, to support more effective and efficient public consultation and decision-making? This is a question the School of Management and Economics, at Queen's University Belfast, in partnership with the University of Maynooth and Letterkenny Institute of Technology, is going to investigate, in a research project funded under the Cross Border Programme for R&D contributing to Peace and Reconciliation.

The School of Management and Economics in QUB is now offering a postgraduate research studentship to work as part of the project team and complete a Ph.D. or M.Phil. programme of research. The work will include:

  1. A critical review of the worldwide literature on e-consultation technologies and techniques for their appropriateness to communities affected by conflict and public bodies in Northern Ireland and the border countries.
  2. Evaluation in small-scale experiments of e-consultation technologies compared to human mediation.
  3. Designing, supporting and evaluating two larger-scale consultations, one in Northern Ireland, the other in Donegal.

Applicants should hold at least a 2.1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in either a technical discipline such as Information Systems, Computer Science or Psychology or a social science discipline such as Management, Law, Politics or Anthropology. Ideally, you should have experience or qualifications in both computing and social sciences, as the project aims to understand the interactions between the technologies and civil societies. Skills in facilitation or mediation, programming and web design, analysis and interpretation of data, and writing research reports are desirable. A good understanding of the community and voluntary and public sectors in Northern Ireland and/or Donegal would be beneficial.

A stipend of £9,000 rising to £10,500 in year 2, will be paid, along with postgraduate research fees for UK and EU students.

Applicants should forward to Mrs. Sonia O'Hare, School Administrator, a detailed curriculum vitae in conjunction with an outline proposal of how their skills would contribute to each of the stages of the project E-mail: [1] or write to Mrs. Sonia O'Hare, Queen's University Belfast, School of Management and Economics, BELFAST BT7 1NN, Northern Ireland (UK).

For further information and particulars, please contact Dr. Brian Webb (e-mail: [2] or tel: +44 (0)28 90 27 3592). Also see [3].

Closing Date for applications: Monday 5th January 2004 Starting Date: 26th January 2004 or as close to this date as can be arranged

The School of Management and Economics reserves the right to withdraw the offer of a studentship and alter any terms and conditions stated.