Fostering Inclusivity in Smart City Design PhD

Entry requirements
3 years
Start date
October 2019
Application deadline
10 December 2018
Reference number
UK / EU fee
Not applicable
International fee
Not applicable


Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%.

By choosing a doctoral programme from the Institute for International Management at Loughborough University London, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. The Institute for International Management is actively engaged in international research projects concerning the globalisation of economic activity, the distinctiveness of national institutions and the patterns of work and governance within and across countries. The Institute for International Management aims to become the leading institution for research into a range of emerging market economies over the next few years. Academics in the Institute have expertise in strategy, organization studies, sociology, political science, industrial relations, institutional economics, and Marxist political economy.

London is one of the world’s leading hubs for international business, negotiations and trade, and is the ideal location for students to expand their knowledge, expertise and networks. Loughborough University London is surrounded by key influencers and innovators in a broad range of industries, and is just a short journey from Canary Wharf, London Bridge and Liverpool Street.

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Project detail

This project will be eligible for application to the Techné Doctoral Training Partnership funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) which supports high quality candidates to pursue the ‘craft’ of research through innovative, interdisciplinary and creative approaches to the study of the arts and humanities. 

TECHNE provides an outstanding graduate training experience, drawing together the best of traditional scholarship, history, theory and practice across ten higher education institutions in London and the South East, with extensive collaboration from 15 world-leading partners including the Natural History Museum, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, the Science Museum and Crafts Council.

As a consortium member of TECHNE, the Institute for Design Innovation welcomes outstanding candidates with a research interest in exploring the inclusivity of digital innovation agenda in the urban setting. This agenda presupposes moving beyond innovation for accessibility to an iterative process of collaboration between disabled citizens, designers and town planners. This project will investigate whether design and/or designers promote or hinder such agenda through their current perception and understanding of inclusivity and their practices.

The successful candidate will be based at the Loughborough University London campus, located on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London. The research is expected to contribute significantly to the activities and impact of the Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDIH), and joint initiative of Loughborough University London and academic partners, aiming at building a movement to accelerate disability innovation for a fairer world. 

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The Institute Design Innovation research agenda

For informal enquiries about the project, please contact Dr Erik Bohemia.

Funding information

Subject to AHRC eligibility criteria, TECHNE studentships cover tuition fees and an additional stipend for three years’ full-time, or part-time equivalent for six years. Stipend rates for 2019-20 are yet to be announced; however the stipend for 2018-19 was £16,777.  International students are not eligible to apply for AHRC studentships and EU students are eligible for fees only.

Successful candidates can also apply for additional funding to support individual or group training and developmental activities.


Primary supervisor: Dr Erik Bohemia

Secondary supervisor: Dr Ksenija Kuzmina

Why you should choose us

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements are listed using standard UK undergraduate degree classifications i.e. first-class honours, upper second-class honours and lower second-class honours. To learn the equivalent for your country, please choose it from the dropdown below.

Entry requirements for United Kingdom

An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification and a relevant master's degree.

English language requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum English Language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name, please select Design Innovation. Please include a research proposal as part of your submission or your application will not be considered. You will also need to quote reference 2019/TECHNE/EBKK. The deadline for applications is 10 December 2018.

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