Director of Studies: Judith Aston
Other members of the proposed supervisory team: Mandy Rose, Jen Stein, Clare Reddington (Watershed)
Professional partner: Watershed, Crossover Lab
Project details:
The Digital Cultures Research Centre at the University of West of England Bristol invites applications for a three-year full-time Doctoral studentship, fully funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), to undertake practice-led research into creative forms that engage the senses beyond the audio-visual.
Emerging digital creative technologies are enabling the development of immersive experiences and installations that engage with audiences through senses including touch, taste, smell, thermoception, proprioception. ( This studentship offers a unique opportunity for a practice-based exploration of this emerging field and for the development of a body of work that will be of significant interest among creative practitioners seeking to engage with these novel practices. 
Working closely with innovators in the field and through self-directed practice, the PhD student will explore approaches to the design and production of these immersive experiences. They will contextualise these practices historically and theoretically, and interrogate what they bring to storytelling. The studentship is a partnership with Watershed’s Pervasive Media Studio ( where the student has the opportunity to develop case studies with residents including Sabrina Shirazi (OPUS), James Wheale (Understory) and Amy Rose & May Abdalla (Anagram).
The Digital Cultures Research Centre has a strong track record of successful PhD completions and the studentship offers access to an exciting creative and intellectual community with fellow students researching emerging creative practices. We expect research students to take a full and active role in the Research Centre and to take part in regular workshops, conferences and seminars. The studentship commences October 2017.
Applicants will be expected to attend an interview and demonstrate:
• imaginative and viable preliminary ideas for research into this subject area
• an appreciation of the nature of PhD study and of both independent and collaborative research
• evidence that you have, or can develop, the skills required to start the proposed research
For an informal discussion about the studentship contact