Director of Studies: Tom Abba
Other members of the proposed supervisory team: George Walkley (Head of Digital, Hachette UK)
Professional partner: Hachette UK Ltd
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 responses to digital technologies that address future forms of publishing, reading and writing.
The digital revolution has changed the landscape of publishing, offering new opportunities for distribution, development and creation of texts and textual objects. Publishing has, somewhat inevitably, responded in an uneven manner, but nevertheless is interested in the nature of that changed environment.
The PhD opportunity offers a sustained investigation into future models and modes for publishing, writing and creative engagement with digital technology and the book, alongside Hachette UK (, a major European publisher.
The Digital Cultures Research Centre at UWE Bristol has produced internationally recognised work in this field in the last decade, consolidated within the AHRC supported Ambient Literature project ( The studentship will also have the opportunity to work with Dr. Tom Abba, who works as a specialist in the field of digital and hybrid books and writing.
Potential research questions might include the role of data in literature, creative writing in a digital space and business models for distribution of new knowledge.
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