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PhD in the Impact of Online Information on Individual Decision-making and Well-being

PhD in the Impact of Online Information on Individual Decision-making and Well-being

Project Overview

This is a WMG funded studentship towards an interdisciplinary PhD that has the potential to span across multiple disciplines.

The increase in the consumption of online social communications has fundamentally changed how we make both economic and social decisions. Social networks can shape our political and moral preferences, and electronic word-of-mouth reviews can influence purchasing decisions (as well as potentially even more significant ones). All of these have the potential to either help or harm an individual's sense of subjective well-being and/or mental health.

This PhD project is designed to explore this broad area of the effect that online information has on decisions and well-being. The project offers the student a relative degree of freedom to explore and shape the specific study areas they find most interesting, while being supported by the supervision team.

The PhD will likely be co-supervised by Professor Caroline Meyer.


Essential and desirable criteria

A minimum 2.1 undergraduate (BEng, MEng, BSc, MSci) with significant quantitative component and/or postgraduate masters’ qualification (MSc) in Behavioural Science / Psychology / Economics / Computer Science.

Desirable:

  • Experimental design
  • Statistical analysis (R or Stata)
  • Coding and programming for web-scraping and online experiments.

 Funding and Eligibility

Standard Research Council Maintenance Award is available for 3.5 years: £15,285

This PhD is available for a UK/EU applicant only.

 

Apply

Students should ideally apply with a research proposal roughly outlining what questions they want to study specifically within the broad title of the project. To apply please complete our online enquiry form and upload your CV.

Key Information

Funding Source: WMG

Stipend: Standard Research Council Maintenance Award is available for 3.5 years: £15,285

Supervisors: Dr. Neel Ocean

Available to UK/EU nationals

Start date: We would ideally like someone to start as soon as possible, but we can offer some flexibility on this - please contact us to discuss.