PhD Scholarship – Data Justice: Technology, policy and community impact

Seeking interested applicants for PhD scholarships at UNSW, Sydney, to research Data Justice – an emerging research agenda on media and social justice in the age of datafication. The research theme highlights community impacts for ‘marginalised’ groups, which could include focus on First Nations, disability, refugees and asylum seekers, racialised communities, welfare recipients, people experiencing homeless and further intersectional approaches.

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UNSW Sydney is offering 4 year PhD scholarship(s) for interested applicants to work on Data Justice: Technology, policy and community impact. We welcome Expressions of Interest (EOI) from qualified applicants with an interest in researching the social justice implications of datafication, with a focus on community impacts.

Expressions of Interest are due before 20 July, 2017 at the following link:

Research theme: Data Justice: Technology, policy and community impact

With growing concerns that data mining, ubiquitous surveillance and automated decision making can unfairly disadvantage already marginalised groups, this research aims to identify policy areas where injustices are caused by data- or algorithm-driven decisions, examine the assumptions underlying these technologies, document the lived experiences of those who are affected, and explore innovative ways to prevent such injustices. Innovative qualitative and digital methods will be used to identify connections across community, policy and technology perspectives on ‘big data’. The project is expected to deepen social engagement with disadvantaged communities, and strengthen global impact in promoting social justice in a datafied world.

Further details on the UNSW Scientia Scholarship scheme are available here:

Prospective applicants should contact Tanja Dreher at and / or Heather Ford at to discuss their application as soon as possible.

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