Consumer Data Research Centre

PhD Opportunities

We are pleased to announce two fully funded PhD awards commencing September 2020 at University College London working with data partners BT Plc and HUQ. The closing date for applications is Friday 13th March 2020. Application is by cover letter and CV. Please ensure that your cover letter confirms that, if successful, you are eligible to receive an Economic and Social Research Council studentship (https://esrc.ukri.org/skills-and-careers/doctoral-training/prospective-students/), explaining the grounds for your eligibility if it is not obvious from your citizenship and residence.

1. Fixed line telephony and the changing geographical and social structure of the UK, 1869-1985

This exciting Ph.D. opportunity is part of Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC) concerns with developing research resources that will make it possible for researchers to investigate how residential mobility and migration have contributed (or otherwise) to inter-generational social mobility. The research will be carried out in association with BT Archives and will investigate the use of digital telephone directories for the period 1869-1985 to understand the changing demography, migration flows, and economic geography of the UK. The creation and maintenance of this dataset presents a unique opportunity to explore and visualise the changing population geography of the UK throughout this transformative historical period. The work will also couple this new data source to historical Census records and contemporary consumer registers of the UK population. The work will be supervised by Professors Paul Longley and James Cheshire, to whom informal enquiries may be directed. The successful applicant will hold a First or Upper Second Class honours degree in a quantitative social or historical science and/or similar Masters qualification.

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2. Urban vitality: the value and provenance of new forms of data

A +3 studentship is available in the UCL Department of Geography and Consumer Data Research Centre on the topic “New Forms of Data and Geodemographics”. The research will be carried out in association with Huq Ltd.  and will evaluate the value and provenance of georeferenced data from smartphone applications to geographical problem-solving. The work will both link these new data sources to more conventional geodemographic classifications and also embed the data within them. This is an exciting opportunity to research and evaluate the deployment of new data sources to a range of issues in quantitative urban geography. The work will be supervised by Professors James Cheshire and Paul Longley, to whom enquiries may be directed. The successful applicant will hold a First or Upper Second Class honours degree in a quantitative social science or computer science discipline and/or similar Masters qualification.

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