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Humanist Archives: March 29, 2022, 5:53 a.m. Humanist 35.621 - PhD studentship (London)

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        Date: 2022-03-28 09:41:43+00:00
        From: Jon Agar <jonagar2000@HOTMAIL.COM>
        Subject: PhD CDP Studentship (UCL/National Archives) available: e-government for all?

   E-Government for all?: The role of technology relating to the
   processes and mediation of diverse citizen-state interaction

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) studentship

Start date: 1 October 2022
Application deadline: 13 May 2022 at 17:00

We expect interviews to take place online on 20 May.

University College London (UCL) and The National Archives are pleased to
announce the availability of a fully-funded Collaborative Doctoral
Studentship from October 2022, under the Arts and Humanities Research
Council (AHRC)Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Scheme

This studentship seeks to investigate a central question: how did
infrastructural and technological changes at the turn of the 20th
century enact new forms of government and how were these new forms
experienced by citizens?

It will be jointly supervised by Professor Jon Agar (UCL) and Dr Jenny
Bunn (The National Archives), and secondary supervisors Dr Elizabeth
Lomas (UCL) and Balint Csollei (The National Archives). The student will
be expected to spend time at both UCL and The National Archives. In the
first year, they will undertake research seminars at UCL on Tuesdays in
terms 1 and 2. These will assist in developing research skills and
connecting with other students. They will also become part of the wider
cohort of CDP-funded students across the UK, with access toCDP Cohort
Development events

The studentship can be studied either full- or part-time.

It is important to us that our organisations are more diverse, so we
encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and identities. We
are especially keen to hear from candidates from Black, Asian and
minority ethnic backgrounds as they are currently underrepresented at
this level in this area.

Students should have a master’s degree in a relevant subject or be able
to demonstrate equivalent experience in a professional setting.

       Project overview

The 1990s saw a growing focus on both Open Government (leading to the
passing of the Freedom of Information Act in 2000) and e-Government
including electronic records management initiatives (with the creation
under the Blair administration of the Office of the e-Envoy and the
publication of the Modernising Government Agenda), all with a view
towards connecting citizens to Government and rebalancing power.
However, infrastructural changes and citizen interaction with and
perception of Government are often studied as separate phenomena.

Gaining an understanding of this period and of the complex
inter-relationships at play in the materialization through technology
and access to information of the bureaucratic action of Government is
vitally important as we enter another period of dramatic change. The
increasing use of artificial intelligence opens up the possibility of a
next generation of e-Government which potentially conflicts with the
trend towards Open Government. The question of trust between state and
citizen is becoming both fraught and urgent. The methodology will
reflect a balance of document-focused research and oral history.

       Research questions include:

   * To what extent, and how, were the Open Government and e-Government
     agendas seen as interconnected?
   * How were Government information systems and infrastructure,
     including non-technical solutions, altered during this period, and
     which factors were most important in driving their adoption and
     success or failure?
   * What were the consequences of these changes for perceptions and
     experiences of citizen-state interaction?
   * To what extent did infrastructural changes bring new benefits or
     exacerbate pre-existing inequalities or bring about new ones?

       Details of award

CDP doctoral training grants fund full-time studentships for 45 months
(3.75 years) or part-time equivalent. The studentship has the
possibility of being extended for an additional three months to provide
professional development opportunities, or up to three months of funding
may be used to pay for the costs the student might incur in taking up
professional development opportunities.

The award pays tuition fees up to the value of the UK Research and
Innovation (UKRI) full-time home rate for PhD degrees. The UKRI
Indicative Fee Level for 2022/23 is £4,596. If necessary, the gap
between home and international fees can be covered by UCL.

The award pays full maintenance for all students, both home and
international students. The National Minimum Doctoral Stipend for
2022/23 is £16,062, plus London Weighting of £2,000 per year. There is
also a CDP maintenance payment of £550 per year.

Further details can be found on the UKRI website.

The student is eligible to receive an additional travel and related
expenses grant during the course of the project courtesy of The National
Archives worth up to £1,000 per year for 3.75 years (45 months).

The project can be undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis.


   * This studentship is open to both home and international applicants.
   * To be classed as a home student, candidates must meet the following
     o Be a UK National (meeting residency requirements), or
     o Have settled status, or
     o Have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirements), or
     o Have indefinite leave to remain or enter

Further guidance can be found on theUKRI website

   * We want to encourage the widest range of potential students to study
     for a CDP studentship and are committed to welcoming students from
     different backgrounds to apply. We particularly welcome applications
     from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds as they are
     currently underrepresented at this level in this area.
   * Applicants should ideally have or expect to receive a relevant
     master’s-level qualification, or be able to demonstrate equivalent
     experience in a setting involving knowledge of and critical
     reflection on relevant topics, such as information systems and
     infrastructure or citizen-state interaction. Suitable disciplines
     are flexible, but might include Information and Knowledge
     Management, Political History, History of Science and Technology,
     Social Sciences.
   * Applicants must be able to demonstrate an interest in the archives
     sector and potential and enthusiasm for developing skills more
     widely in related areas.
   * As a collaborative award, students will be expected to spend time at
     both the University and The National Archives.
   * All applicants must meet theUKRI terms and conditions for funding


       Project details and how to apply

For more information, please contact Professor Jon Agar (UCL)
( <>) and Dr Jenny
Bunn (The National Archives) (

To apply, please submit a CV and a two-page statement indicating your
interest in the studentship, and explaining how your academic background
and experience fits the criteria. Please send this <>by
17:00 on 13 May 2022.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in May and the successful
candidate will then be asked to officially apply for the PhD via the UCL
online portal.

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