[Air-L] PhD scholarship on mobile games, RMIT University

Larissa Hjorth larissa.hjorth at rmit.edu.au
Thu Nov 21 12:54:46 PST 2013

*3-year PhD Scholarship *

*(The Game of Being Mobile: A Study of Mobile Gaming Cultures)*

School of Media and Communication, RMIT University, Australia

*Application deadline: *31 December 2013

This three-year scholarship is for a PhD candidate who will contribute to
ethnographic fieldwork and data analysis as part of a larger three-year
study of mobile gaming in Australia in the broader context of the global
industry. The larger project—*The Game of Being Mobile: A Study of Mobile
Gaming Cultures*—is funded by an Australian Research Council (ARC)
Discovery Grant (see below for project summary). The PhD research will
comprise a discrete case study adaptable to the candidate’s specific
expertise and research interests, but will constitute a key component of
the ARC Discovery project and comparative analysis of mobile gaming
practices. The candidate will also become a Postgraduate Member of the
Digital Ethnography Research Centre: http://www.digital-ethnography.net

Eligible candidates will have a BA, BA with Honours or MA/MSC in
Communication, Anthropology, Sociology, Science and Technology Studies,
Informatics, Media Studies or other related discipline. International and
Australian nationals are eligible to apply. The Scholarship, which covers
tuition, fees, a small stipend and other research expenses, will begin in
February 2014.

Initial expressions of interest should be sent to Prof. Larissa Hjorth

larissa.hjorth at rmit.edu.au

Please note that all applicants will need to apply for and be accepted to
the PhD program in Media and Communication at RMIT University. Application
details can be found here:


*About the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University:*

RMIT University has a long and distinguished history of applied and
theoretical media research, with our doctoral graduates positioned
throughout the sector. The School of Media and Communication, formed in
2009, supports research across a number of sub-fields in media and
communications, which allows for both discrete disciplinary excellence and
interdisciplinary interventions. Our researchers were ranked above world
standard in our fields in the recent ERA round (achieving a 4 ranking in
2001 FoR code). The new School has a total staff of over 200, an academic
staff of 128, and 107 HDR candidates (80 PhDs & 27 Masters). In addition,
the School has two APDs, a QEII, three Vice Chancellor’s Senior Research
Fellows, a VC Fellow, and an Early Career fellow. The School also supports
a top academic journal, Communication, Politics and Culture (previously
ranked A through ERA) and a series of Centres, Groups and Labs including
the Digital Ethnography Research Centre; the Communication, Politics and
Culture Centre; the GEELab; the Exertion Games Lab; the Creative Writing
Group and others.

*Australian Research Council Discovery Grant (2014-2017)*

CI Larissa Hjorth (RMIT) and CI Ingrid Richardson (Murdoch University)

*Funding Dates:* February 2014- February 2017

*Project Summary:* This is the first Australian study to examine the social
uses of mobile gaming. Smartphones have put location-based and social media
games in the hands of mobile users worldwide. Through ethnographic methods,
this study will explore how mobile game consumption is reflecting, and
being shaped by, complex social and technological practices integral to
contemporary life.

Dr Larissa Hjorth
Professor, Games Programs
School of Media and Communication
RMIT University
Melbourne 3000
E: larissa.hjorth at rmit.edu.au

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