I welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students students whose research interests align with mine (as outlined on the About Hazel Hall page). If you have a research idea for doctoral study that you would like to discuss with me, please feel free to get in touch by e-mail.
We regularly advertise fully-funded studentships. Please check my blog home page for current calls for applications. We accept applications from students who are self-funding at any time.
Within the Centre for Social Informatics we are particularly interested in receiving applications related to the broad research themes of:
- Democratic digital engagement
- Information Policy
- Information seeking behaviour and use
- Knowledge Management
- The Information Society
- Online communities
- Open data and open government
Recent and current research students within the Centre for Social Informatics engage in a range of doctoral studies on topics that include:
- Online learning
- Makerspace technology and information service design
- Digital media for widening cultural engagement
- Means of enhancing workplace learning to develop innovation skills
- The impact of social media tools on tacit knowledge sharing practices between employees within public sector organisations
- The evolution of social networking and its impact on career management skills
- Personal online reputation management
- The role of libraries in the development of social capital and citizenship
- The value of census information to policy making
- The influence of off-line and online spaces on participation in community and civic life
- Sociotechnical aspects of information risk
- Knowledge working as a management innovation
- Processes of knowledge creation, creativity and innovation
- The impact of organisational factors on information systems development projects
Formal applications to study for a PhD within the Centre for Social Informatics should be made through the official Edinburgh Napier University process. This is explained on the Edinburgh Napier University research degree applications process page, where you will find full details on how to make an application, and of fees.
Forms for research students (apart from the application form – as noted above) are found on the Research degrees form page. Here you will also find a link to the regulations. For full information and guidance on the academic, management and administrative procedures associated with research degrees at Edinburgh Napier University, please see the Research degrees framework document. There is also a Research degree handbook for students in the School of Computing (issued on an annual basis) and an ethics wiki for the School of Computing.
Edinburgh Napier PhD students have access to a wide range of training opportunities.These include “local” courses and events offered by their Schools, and other internal events run as part of the University’s researcher development programme. PhD students are also supported to participate in external training events such as those offered by the:
- Information Science pathway of the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS)
- training programmes of other pathways of the SGSSS
- Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
- National Centre for Research Methods
The output of the Developing Research Excellence and Methods (DREaM) project workshops includes much valuable material on a number of research topics including: