[Air-l] E-consultation research project in Ireland: Ph.D./M.Phil studentship

Michael Gurstein mgurst at vcn.bc.ca
Sun Dec 14 23:42:42 PST 2003

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Subject: [gcnp] E-consultation research project in Ireland: Ph.D./M.Phil

We expect to get final confirmation of funding for a research project on
e-consultation in Ireland next week. So we have advertised a
studentship. Here is the advertisement which appeared in the Belfast
Telegraph today Friday 12 December 2003. Please circulate this to people
who might be interested in doing a postgraduate degree on electronic
public consultation.

Note that under QUB fair employment practice I cannot answer questions
from applicants, as I will be on the selection panel. That's why my
colleague Brian Webb has been put down as a contact for further
information. To help all applicants, I've put full details of the
position and the research proposal on http://econsult.mgt.qub.ac.uk/

Dr. David Newman, Queen's University Belfast

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M.Phil./Ph.D. studentship in e-consultation

School of Management and Economics, Queen's University Belfast

How can we use electronic communications technologies, such as the
Internet and mobile 'phones, to support more effective and efficient
public consultation and decision-making? This is a question the School
of Management and Economics, in partnership with the University of
Maynooth and Letterkenny Institute of Technology, is going to
investigate, in a research project funded under the Cross Border
Programme for R&D contributing to Peace and Reconciliation.

The School of Management and Economics in QUB is now offering a
postgraduate research studentship to work as part of the project team
and complete a Ph.D. or M.Phil. programme of research. The work will

1. A critical review of the worldwide literature on e-consultation
technologies and techniques for their appropriateness to communities
affected by conflict and public bodies in Northern Ireland and the
border countries.

2. Evaluation in small-scale experiments of e-consultation technologies
compared to human mediation.

3. Designing, supporting and evaluating two larger-scale consultations,
one in Northern Ireland, the other in Donegal.

Applicants should hold at least a 2.1 Honours degree (or
equivalent) in either a technical discipline such as Information
Systems, Computer Science or Psychology or a social science discipline
such as Management, Law, Politics or Anthropology. Ideally, you should
have experience or qualifications in both computing and social sciences,
as the project aims to understand the interactions between the
technologies and civil societies. Skills in facilitation or mediation,
programming and web design, analysis and interpretation of data, and
writing research reports are desirable. A good understanding of the
community and voluntary and public sectors in Northern Ireland and/or
Donegal would be beneficial.

A stipend of £9,000 rising to £10,500 in year 2, will be paid, along
with postgraduate research fees for UK and EU students.

Applicants should forward to Mrs Sonia O’Hare, School Administrator, a
detailed curriculum vitae in conjunction with an outline proposal of how
their skills would contribute to each of the stages of the project.
<s.ohare at qub.ac.uk> or Mrs. Sonia O'Hare, Queens University Belfast,
School of Management and Economics, 25 University Square, Belfast BT7
1NN, Northern Ireland (UK).

For further information and particulars, please contact Dr. Brian Webb
(e-mail: b.webb at qub.ac.uk or tel: +44 (0)28 90 27 3592). Also see

Closing Date for applications: Monday 5th January 2004
Starting Date: 26th January 2004 or as close to this date as can be

The School of Management and Economics reserves the right to withdraw
the offer of a studentship and alter any terms and conditions stated.
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