The Queensland University of Technology is seeking a full-time, highly motivated PhD candidate to perform cutting-edge research on how algorithms in search and recommendation systems affect the discoverability of screen content.
This PhD Scholarship in Law is available for the academic session 2021-2022.
|Scholarship Sponsor||Queensland University of Technology|
|Scholarships level||PhD Scholarship|
|Award Amount||$28,597 per annum|
|Fellowship Period||Three years|
|Study area||Law and justice|
|Opening date||February 25, 2021|
During their PhD, the candidate will drive a research project that investigates how the use of algorithms in search and recommendation systems affect the discoverability of content, including:
- Long tail and back catalogue content
- On subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) services
- Internet platforms.
The project will explore how digital tools can be developed and used to study the impacts of search and recommendation systems and examine the regulatory options that might be used to address potential problems in discovering culturally or socially important content.
This project examines how automation, digital distribution, and intellectual property laws shape the reach and diversity of our culture. It studies how streaming video-on-demand services, like Netflix and Stan, are changing:
- What screen content gets produced
- What historical-cultural material is available
- What is recommended and made visible
- Whose voices are heard
These decisions are increasingly informed by data about what consumers are watching, which is influenced by what titles are recommended and made visible.
The project considers how the high costs and complex logistics of screen production and distribution can be reconciled with the public goal of broad, affordable and sustained availability of audio-visual content that represents the full diversity of Australia’s people and cultures. It aims to provide rigorous evidence to inform the development of technology-neutral regulation for Australia’s copyright industries, improve copyright licensing markets, and unlock the value of under-distributed screen content.
The PhD project will be seated into the broader context of an ARC-funded project (DE210200525) that examines the impact of copyright law in Australia’s screen industries, focusing on distribution and access to audio-visual material.
The applications are open now
To apply for this scholarship, you must:
- Meet the entry requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), including any English language requirements for international students
- Have a background in Law, Digital Media, Communications or a related discipline
- Be able to study full-time
We would prefer you to demonstrate experience in any of:
- Digital research methods
- Critical algorithm studies
- Regulations of digital technologies
- A scholarship of $28,597 per annum, tax-exempt and indexed annually for three years
An extension of up to 6 months may be considered, subject to satisfactory progress.
You must submit an expression of interest (EOI) for consideration before applying for this scholarship.
How to apply for a research degree
The EOI must include:
- An up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV)
- Academic transcripts for prior study
- A research proposal addressing the scholarship topic and explaining why you would be an excellent candidate for this scholarship
- A writing sample (e.g. a copy of an article or essay you have completed)
- Contact details for two academic referees
The EOI must indicate that you are applying for this scholarship and have Dr Kylie Pappalardo nominated as your potential supervisor.