SCI secures PhD studentship on digital platforms and sustainability

The 3.5 year PhD studentship will critically address the question: Are digital platforms a threat or a complement to urban sustainability strategies?

The Sustainable Consumption Institute (SCI) secured one of 10 joint University of Manchester-University of Melbourne, Global Doctoral Research Network (GOLDEN) PhD Projects.

The research contributes to the SCI’s developing programme on urban platforms. It is situated at the interface of urban studies and innovation studies and synthesises two debates: first, debates around visions of future sustainable cities and how these are incorporated into urban strategies and policy; and second, the emergence of digital platforms as a new business model and their intervention into systems of provision at an urban scale.

The PhD will develop rich contextual understanding of how digital platforms contribute to rethinking what is meant by urban sustainability. It will undertake comparative research on this issue across two urban contexts (Greater Manchester and Greater Melbourne). This will be done via in-depth case studies, reliant on qualitative data, including that drawn from documentary analysis and key informant interviews.

The successful candidate, Danial Naqvi, will be based both in Manchester and Melbourne and will be supervised by Dr Mike Hodson and Professor Andrew McMeekin at the University of Manchester and Professor Brendan Gleeson at the University of Melbourne.

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