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[ecrea] Ph.D. and Post.doc scholarships: Virtual Worlds

Mon Apr 21 13:00:35 GMT 2008

Ph.D. and Post.doc scholarships: Virtual Worlds

The research project "Sense-making strategies and 
the user-driven innovations in Virtual Worlds" 
(2008-2011)  funded by the Danish Strategic 
Research Council, KINO  offers two full, 3-year 
Ph.D. scholarships and one 2-year Post.doc 
scholarship. The start date is 1 July 2008
One of the Ph.D. scholarships and the Post.doc 
scholarship will be located in the Research 
Group, Communication Forms and Knowledge 
Production, Department of Communication, Business 
and Information Technologies (CBIT), Roskilde 
University. One Ph.D. scholarship will be located 
in the research group, LIKE  Leadership, 
Innovation, Knowledge and Entrepreneurship, 
Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy 
(LPF), Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.

The overall aim of the research project is to 
gain theoretically- and empirically-based insight 
into avatar-based virtual worlds as sites for 
user-driven innovation. The project works with an 
understanding of innovation as socially and 
culturally specific processes of meaning-making 
in which learning takes place and knowledge is 
constructed, negotiated and shared. One key focus 
point is the role of conceptions of space, body 
and person in shaping the design and use of, and 
changes in, avatar-based virtual worlds. Another 
key focus point is how we can re-work existing 
theories and methods - including approaches 
developed to study other forms of 
computer-mediated interaction - in order to take 
account of the specific characteristics of virtual worlds.

The project works within and across three topic 
areas in relation to innovation in virtual worlds:
1) market dynamics and management, 2) social and 
cultural innovation and 3) knowledge 
construction. We seek applications that propose 
empirically-oriented Ph.D. and Post.doc projects 
either within one of these topic areas or across 
two or all of the topic areas. More information 
about the research project - including a detailed 
project description - can be found at the project 
website <>

The application should include:
·       A project description outlining the 
research design, consisting of research 
question(s) and aim(s), contribution to the 
research field, theories and methods, and a 
research timetable (5 pages excluding references)
·       CV listing relevant educational and 
professional qualifications and publications
·       Maximum 5 publications (including masters' dissertation)

The application form can be downloaded at:

The Ph.D. scholarships entail that the students, 
over the 3-year period of study, gain experience 
of teaching, or another type of communication of 
knowledge, that is related as much as possible to 
the Ph.D. project in progress. The extent of 
teaching/knowledge communication is based on the 
Cirkulære om overenskomst for akademikere i staten of 22 December 2005.

Salary and other conditions of employment are 
based on agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC.

Those who have obtained Masters' degrees 
(including Danish "Candidate" degree) or expect 
to gain a Masters' degree in the near future can 
apply for the Ph.D. scholarships, and those who 
have obtained a Ph.D. degree or expect to gain a 
Ph.D. degree in the near future can apply for the Post.doc scholarship.

Roskilde University encourages applications from 
all those who are interested regardless of age, sex, religion or ethnicity.

To obtain further details about the scholarships, 
you are welcome to contact Research manager, 
Associate Professor Sisse Siggaard Jensen, 
Roskilde University, telephone 4674 3771 or 
email: (sisse /at/, and Associate Professor Maja 
Horst, Copenhagen Business School, telephone  3815 2826 or email (mh.lpf /at/

In 2009 one Ph.D. scholarship located at CBIT, 
Roskilde University and one Post.Doc scholarship 
located at LPF, Copenhagen Business School will 
be offered and advertised in Spring 2009.

The deadline for applications is 15 May 2008, 12 
Noon. 5 copies of the application (including 5 
copies of each attached publication) should be 
labelled "Ph.D./virtual worlds" and sent to:

Roskilde University
Department of Communication, Business and Information Technologies
Ph.D. administration: Annette Nørballe
Postbox 260, Building. 42.2.15
4000 Roskilde

Nico Carpentier (Phd)
Vrije Universiteit Brussel - Free University of Brussels
Centre for Studies on Media and Culture (CeMeSO)
Pleinlaan 2 - B-1050 Brussels - Belgium
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Office: 5B.401a
Katholieke Universiteit Brussel - Catholic University of Brussels
Vrijheidslaan 17 - B-1081 Brussel - Belgium
Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis
Boulevard du Jardin Botanique 43  - B-1000 Brussel - Belgium
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