Researcher in Digital Geography

Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Oxford, ENGLAND
Deadline: 15 Jun 2017

The Oxford Internet Institute is a leading centre for research into individual, collective and institutional behaviour on the Internet. We are looking for a Researcher to work with Professor Mark Graham on a two-year project to better understand the geographies of the Internet.

Our existing research has uncovered highly uneven digital geographies: with some parts of the world far more like to produce, and be represented by, digital content than others.

We seek to hire a Researcher to continue some of this research, to ask what has changed, and to ask new questions about digital inequalities at not just the global, but also the local scale. We plan to ask and answer questions such as: what are the contemporary geographies of the production and consumption of digital knowledge-based economic activities?; what are the geographies of digital representations (such as content in Wikipedia or Google)?; how likely is digital content to be locally or non-locally produced?; and do digital representations produce or reproduce social and economic inequalities and divisions in our urban environments. If we accept that our cities are made up of digital as well as physical raw materials – we need to better understand who owns, controls, shapes, can access, and can remake the digital layers of place.

We plan on answering the above questions using methods from computational social science and GIS: scraping, mapping, and statistically analysing a diverse range of datasets. The position is suited to candidates who have recently completed a doctorate in Quantitative Geography, GIScience, Computer Science, Economics, Sociology or other relevant discipline (i.e. postdocs), but we also welcome applications from qualified individuals without a doctorate (e.g. candidates with industry experience). Programming skills, and experience with GIS are required. The successful candidate will ultimately work with Professor Graham to produce a full-length monograph on the topic.

Based at the Oxford Internet Institute, this position is available immediately for 24 months in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal thereafter, funding permitting.

This job advertisement is for a full-time researcher, but part-time applications of more than 22.5 hours a week will also be considered.

To apply for this role and for further details, including a job description, please click on the link below

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on Thursday 15 June 2017 can be considered. Interviews for those short-listed are currently planned to take place on week commencing 3 July 2017.


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