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2 fully-funded PhD studentships on ERC project DATAJUSTICE

2 Fully-funded PhD studentships to work with Dr Lina Dencik on the ERC Starting Grant project DATAJUSTICE at Cardiff’s School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies.

The project DATAJUSTICE explores the meaning of social justice in an age of datafication.

It is premised on two significant developments:

  1. the shift to a focus on the collection and processing of massive amounts of data across social life
  2. the increasing concern with the societal implications of such processes.

Whilst initial concern with the technical ability to ‘datafy’ and collect information on ever-more social activity focused on surveillance and privacy, increasing emphasis is being placed on the fact that data processes are not ‘flat’ and do not implicate everyone in the same way, but, rather, are part of a system of ‘social sorting’, creating new categories of citizens, and premised on an emerging order of ‘have’ and ‘have nots’ between data profilers and data subjects. In such a context, questions of social justice and datafication require detailed study. This project frames this research agenda around the notion of ‘data justice’.

The project will focus on developments in Europe and will combine the study of technical systems with the study of practices, experiences and policy frameworks in different contexts. It is principally concerned with examining the impacts of datafication on marginalized communities and implications for social and economic rights.

Projects should particularly engage with developments in Europe concerning data systems and algorithmic decision-making in relation to one or a combination of the following areas:

  • governance of refugees and migrants
  • hiring and management of low-wage work
  • discrimination in law enforcement and policing.

European Research Council (ERC) studentships are highly competitive. You should hold a 1st or strong upper 2nd class Master’s or equivalent degree in one of the following disciplines: sociology, media and communication, politics, international relations, development studies, criminology, industrial relations.

Experience working with social justice issues and marginalized communities will also be considered, and applicants with such backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

Deadline for applications: October 20th, 2017

Interview date: November 8th, 2017

Start date: February 1st, 2018

Apply here: https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/funding-and-fees/view/erc-phd-in-journalism-studies-data-justice-understanding-datafication-in-relation-to-social-justice-datajustice 

Data Justice Lab Co-Director awarded an ERC Starting Grant

We are delighted to share the news that our co-director, Lina Dencik, has been awarded a €1.4 million Starting Grant from the European Research Council. The project DATAJUSTICE will explore developments in data infrastructures and data-driven decision-making within Europe, looking particularly at impacts on marginalised communities and social and economic rights. In the coming months Lina will post further information about the project including details of PhD and Post-doc positions. Watch this space!

Data Justice Lab on Tour: UK and Canada

The directors of the Data Justice Lab are currently discussing their work and the data justice research agenda at universities and conferences on both sides of the Atlantic. Here are a few upcoming events:

“From Surveillance Realism to Data Justice”, Lina Dencik. University of Sheffield, UK, Room 123 (9 Mapping St), Wednesday 7 June, 1pm.

“Towards Data Justice? Citizenship and Social Justice in Times of
Datafication”, Arne Hintz. University of Toronto, Canada, Faculty of Information, Inforum, Room 417, Monday 12 June, 4pm.

“Challenging Surveillance: Activism in a Datafied World”, Arne Hintz (with Stefania Milan and Evan Light). Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, Room RCC202, Monday 19 June, 2pm.

Several talks by Joanna Redden, Lina Dencik and Arne Hintz on data justice, datafied citizenship and surveillance policy at the Data Power conference in Ottawa, Canada, 22/23 June.

 

 

Want to work with us as MA/PhD student?

Funding is currently available for students in postgraduate programmes at Cardiff University, including the MA Digital Media and Society and the PhD in Journalism (with a focus on Digital Media and Society). Applications for the coming academic year (2017/18) are still accepted. Students are welcome to work on issues of data justice and become part of the Lab.

The MA Digital Media and Society explores current challenges in areas such as big data, digital rights, social media, digital culture and economy, internet governance and online politics. The Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies also offers a wide range of other MA programmes in areas such as journalism studies, data journalism, and political communication.

Cardiff University offers Master’s Excellence Scholarships in the form of a tuition fee discount. To be eligible for the scholarships, please apply for the MA programme no later than 15 June.

The School’s PhD programme encourages students to engage with one of its research clusters, including Digital Media and Society. Applications that are submitted by Friday 2nd June will be considered for an ESRC studentship programme that addresses research challenges in areas such as digital infrastructure and the use of data.

Cardiff’s School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies (JOMEC) is one of the world’s leading departments in Media & Communications. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework the school was ranked 2nd in the UK for the quality of its journalism, media and communications research.

Data Justice Lab secures CUROP funding for project on Citizen Scoring in the Age of Big Data

We are delighted to have been rewarded a CUROP grant from Cardiff’s School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies to fund a student researcher to carry out research for the project ‘Citizen Scoring in the Age of Big Data: Society and the Media’. JOMEC student Adriana Panova will be with us for the months of June and July and will research the uses of data scores in the UK and how this has been covered in the British media. Welcome Adriana!

‘My name is Adriana Panova, I am 20 years old and I am from Bulgaria. Currently I am a Media and Communications student and outside of my degree I am a blogger and digital influencer. I have a strong passion for photography and writing. I also love to travel and hope that one day my job will involve a lot of traveling around the world. I have lived in Bulgaria, Hungary and Ethopia before I moved to the UK. Additionally, I can fluently speak Bulgarian, English, German and I am currently learning French.’

Adriana Panova photo

Launch of Data Justice Lab: Videos and Keynotes

The Data Justice Lab was launched on 17 March 2017 with a one-day workshop that brought together experts on datafication and social justice, followed by a launch event in the late afternoon with three keynote speeches. Below you can view the full afternoon event as well as the separate keynotes.

Full video of the launch event, 17 March 2017:

 

Keynote speech by Virginia Eubanks (New America):

 

Keynote speech (online) by Steven Renderos (Center for Media Justice):

 

Keynote speech by Malavika Jayaram (Digital Asia Hub):