I am running a panel at this week’s Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers Annual Conference in London on the topic of digital democracy. I’m really exciting about this double session panel for a number of reasons, not least because I’ve long been curious to hear other geographer’s perspectives on this contested object of digital democracy, and because of the range of different cases, topics, domains and framings being used across these 8 presentations. See full details of the sessions below:
We have a 6 month 0.5FTE research associate post available in the 3S research group at the University of East Anglia, UK, on the Just Public Algorithms project. The successful candidate will work with me and Professor Jason Chilvers of the 3S research group, as well as the participation NGO Involve UK. The project is funded as part of the EPSRC Not Equal network+.
The project will produce the most comprehensive picture yet of citizen responses to the ways in which algorithms are being adopted in and around UK public services, from welfare payments to policing, healthcare and immigration. More broadly it will suggest a roadmap for the responsible and transparent governance of these technologies and approaches. The primary duties of the research associate will be to carry out the literature review and mapping work around the use of algorithms in public services in the UK and the ways in which citizens are engaging with these developments, with support and supervision from me and Jason Chilvers. This work will be primarily desk-based using conventional systematic review methodologies but may also involve some scoping interviews or the use of digital methods. The research associate will also feed into a stakeholder workshop concerning the responsible future governance of these approaches and help to write the briefing note and academic paper produced at the end of the project.
Essential criteria include: Postgraduate research qualifications in Science and Technology Studies or related fields, or equivalent experience; Ability to communicate complex information clearly, both orally and in writing; Ability to organise own time and work, to meet deadlines, and manage competing priorities.
The post is available to start on 1 October 2019 on a part time (0.5 FTE) basis for a fixed term period of 6 months.
See here for the particulars of the post and to apply. The closing date for applications is 3rd September.
Please do get in touch with me if you would like to discuss this position.
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about digital participation and digital democracy lately, and hope to be able to do more writing on this topic and get some projects off the ground in 2019. I’m also hoping to connect with others with similar interests – thus this call for papers for the RGS annual conference in London this summer (28th-30th August). I’m also thrilled that the Digital Geographies Research Group of the RGS-IBG has agreed to sponsor this session at this year’s conference!