PhD in the Impact of Online Information on Individual Decision-making and Well-being
This is a WMG funded studentship towards an interdisciplinary PhD that spans the behavioural sciences.
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 life choices). 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 aims to explore the effects that online information has on individual decision-making, and to subsequent well-being. The project offers the student a relative degree of freedom to explore and shape the specific study areas that they find most interesting within the overall research aim, while being supported by the supervision team. Some suggested methods of investigation are: online/offline experiments, data analysis on web-scraped or longitudinal panel data, and mathematical/computational models of agent behaviour.
The student will be supervised by Dr Neel Ocean, and is likely be co-supervised by Professor Caroline Meyer.
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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.
- 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. To be eligible for this project the successful applicant should have indefinite leave to remain in the UK and have been ordinarily resident here for 3 years prior to the project start-date, apart from occasional or temporary absences. Additional details of these criteria are available on the EPSRC website.
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.
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.