Applications are open for a three-year full-time Doctoral studentship, fully funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), to undertake practice-led research into creative forms that engage the senses beyond the audio-visual.
Emerging digital creative technologies are enabling the development of immersive experiences and installations that engage with audiences through senses including touch, taste, smell, thermoception, proprioception. This studentship, based at UWE Bristol’s Digital Cultures Research Centre (DCRC), offers a unique opportunity for a practice-based exploration of this emerging field, and for the development of a body of work that will be of significant interest among creative practitioners seeking to engage with these novel practices.
Working closely with innovators in the field and through self-directed practice, you will explore approaches to the design and production of these immersive experiences. You will contextualise these practices historically and theoretically, and interrogate what they bring to storytelling. The studentship, a partnership with Watershed’s Pervasive Media Studio,  offers opportunities to develop case studies with residents including Sabrina Shirazi (OPUS), James Wheale (Understory) and Amy Rose & May Abdalla (Anagram).

Joining an interdisciplinary Design Futures Lab cohort of 12 collaborative PhD students, you will be part of an innovative and dynamic group of researchers dedicated to reshaping industrial technologies and processes through embedded practice-based research into emerging creative practices.

The Digital Cultures Research Centre has a strong track record of successful PhD completions and the studentship provides access to an exciting creative and intellectual community. We encourage all research students to take a full and active role in the Research Centre and to take part in regular workshops, conferences and seminars. The studentship commences October 2017.

Applicants will be expected to attend an interview in Bristol on either July 10 or 11 and demonstrate:
• imaginative and viable preliminary ideas for research into this subject area
• an appreciation of the nature of PhD study and of both independent and collaborative research
• evidence that you have, or can develop, the skills required to start the proposed research
For an informal discussion about the studentship contact

Deadline for applications is 17:00 on Monday June 19.

Further information regarding eligibility and the application process visit:

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Nick Triggs

Nick is the Senior Research & Development Manager at the Digital Cultures Research Centre, working closely with a diverse network of interdisciplinary academics and practitioners across UWE Bristol.