HDR Scholarship - Learning in data-intensive clinical environments

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Location: Melbourne, VICTORIA
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Principal Supervisor

A/Prof. Margaret Bearman


Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning


School of Education


Faculty of Arts and Education

This is a Cotutelle project with the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. The candidate will be jointly supervised by researchers from Deakin University and University of Copenhagen and graduate with a joint PhD from both institutions. It is anticipated that the PhD candidate will be available to spend at least six months across the candidature at the University of Copenhagen.

Digital technology has changed the everyday practices of healthcare and created a much more data-intensive form of healthcare delivery. Data are used not only for research and clinical purposes, but also for administration, legal controls and remuneration, while patients also generate their own data, and increasingly expect medical professionals to engage with data from tracking devices of uncertain validity. Data intensification thereby poses new challenges for clinical training, while simultaneously changing the very conditions for learning.

This scholarship is to support a doctoral candidate who will explore the intersection between work-based learning and the shift to a data-intensive clinical environment. The PhD project will draw together ideas from the fields of science, technology and society (STS) studies and education to understand how healthcare practitioners learn and work in a digitally mediated healthcare environment.

Project Aim

To work in the clinic today, is to work with data and associated digital technologies. Clinical supervisors frame their interactions with patients through and with data: how does this data-intensification affect how they teach in clinical environments? How does this affect how students or trainees learn ‘on the job’? How does it affect how students and teachers work together?

Projects can explore the impact of data-intensity on work-based learning for any health profession or profession. Projects that consider assessment, feedback or evaluative judgement (making assessments about quality of the work of self and others) would be particularly welcome. We anticipate a qualitative or ethnographic approach.

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, Thursday 28th November 2019


This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $27,596 per annum tax exempt (2019 rate)
  • Relocation allowance of $500-1500 (for single to family) for students moving from interstate or overseas
  • International students only: Tuition fee and overseas health coverage for the duration of 4 years

To be eligible you must:

  • be a domestic or international candidate
  • meet Deakin's and University of Copenhagen's PhD entry requirements
  • be enrolling full time and hold an honours degree (first class) or an equivalent standard master's degree with a substantial research component.
  • be able to physically locate to both University of Copenhagen (Denmark) and Deakin University (Australia)

Please refer to the research degree entry pathways page for further information.

Additional desirable criteria include:

  • background in STS or health professional education or similar/related

For more information about this scholarship, please contact A/Prof Margaret Bearman

A/Prof Margaret Bearman
Associate Professor (Research)
Email Margaret Bearman
+61 3 9246 8168

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