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[ecrea] Postdoctoral researcher position at UNamur (BE) in media literacy in the workplace
Wed May 04 10:25:58 GMT 2016
*Post-doctoral researcher position at the Université de Namur (UNamur,
The Research Center in Information, Law and Society (CRIDS, UNamur) is
currently looking for outstanding candidates (m/f) for a post-doctoral
research on “digital media uses and competences in new work practices”
as part of LITME@WORK, a larger, multi-university research project (see
below for description).
Candidates should send a complete CV and a cover letter highlighting
their skills and motivation to join the project to Anne-Sophie Collard
(<mailto:(anne-sophie.collard /at/ unamur.be)?subject=Candidate%20LITME@WORK>(anne-sophie.collard /at/ unamur.be))
before 23rd May 2016.
- PhD in Information and Communication
- Fields: media education, digital and media literacy, digital media
uses, or teamwork practices
- Otherwise, close academic profile, confirmed by studies and PhD in at
least one of the above areas.
- Experience in research methods related to case study analysis and
qualitative data collection and analysis.
- Experience in research coordination or project management is an asset.
- French (native or bilingual) and English (fluent). Dutch is an asset.
- Driver’s licence.
Duration of commitment: from 15th August 2016 to 28th February 2019.
Nature of the contract: “Chargé de recherche” (postdoctoral researcher),
part time (75%).
Primary location: Namur, Belgium.
Research Project: LITME@WORK
Digital and media literacy in teamwork and distance work environments*
LITME@WORK is a four-year research project funded by Belspo (started in
March 2015), coordinated by the Université de Namur, with the Université
catholique de Louvain, the Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles, and the
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.
Digital and media literacy / Science and technology studies / Sociology
of ICT uses / Organization theory_
Teamwork, Work at a distance, Competences, Digital and media literacy,
Summary of the overall project_
Digital technology has become ubiquitous in the workplace, especially
for office workers. New ways of working individually and collectively
gradually emerge, supported by both technological and social evolutions.
For example, workers have to deal with increasing quantities of
information and need to develop strategies to avoid information
overload, teleworking becomes more and more common over the years,
coordination between several people through (synchronous and
asynchronous) computer-mediated communication has become commonplace,
and workers equipped with mobile technologies may be required to perform
part of their professional activities in mobile contexts. All these
situations raise questions regarding the evolution of the
infrastructures provided by organizations, the changing ways through
which work is achieved by individuals, the new set of competences that
they need to have, and the now complex relationships between one’s
professional activity and private life. LITME@WORK will explore those
questions in relation to office work practices, from clerical work to
managerial tasks, focusing on ICT-supported teamwork and work at a distance.
Specifically, LITME@WORK will investigate the digital and media literacy
(DML) competences called for by today’s evolving, technology-supported
environment of work. These interrelated informational, technical and
social competences are indeed required for practicing teamwork and work
at a distance, as visible in activities such as distance collaboration,
different types of teamwork, personal and shared information management,
re-creating and maintaining one’s personal work environment throughout
contexts of work, or managing a team at a distance. As main research
questions, LITME@WORK will ask (1) how is DML addressed and practiced in
today’s office work and (2) how can DML be further integrated in
emerging team/distance work structures and practices in order to support
efficient, stimulating and meaningful ways of working. Starting from
these questions, LITME@WORK will pursue four objectives: (i)
understanding changing work environments and their DML requirements,
(ii) developing a systemic approach to DML in team/distance office work,
(iii) providing resources for societal and policy stakeholders, and (iv)
contributing to research efforts in relevant fields of research (DML
studies, science and technology studies (STS), sociology of innovation,
sociology of ICT uses, human-computer interaction studies, organisation
theory, research on job quality and learning at work).
Relying mainly on qualitative analyses, LITME@WORK will investigate DML
from three different but complementary perspectives, each corresponding
to one work package: the social configuration and appropriation of (DML)
competence frames within and across organizations, the relationship
between work organization, workplace design and structural conditions
for (DML) competence utilization and learning, and the relationship
between digital media uses and competences in employees’ new work
practices (see below). Each approach uses its specific methods, related
to its focus and theoretical framework, but the overall methodological
structure is the same across the work packages, the case studies are
tightly coordinated and the final results will be integrated.
The project intends to provide an up-to-date, encompassing knowledge of
DML in teamwork and work at a distance, which will enhance stakeholders’
understanding of DML and their capacity to take action. Specifically,
LITME@WORK will deliver as main research results: a research framework
for analysing the many aspects of DML in teamwork/distance work
practices and environments, ranging from the broader context of
organization structures to the point of view of individual workers
themselves; an in-depth analysis of the ways in which organizations
understand and negotiate the “(digitally) competent worker”; an
up-to-date description of the changing office work competences,
practices and structures, with a focus on teamwork and distance work
trends; and a conceptual map and set of measurable indicators for DML
competences aimed at serving as a resource for societal and policy
stakeholders in terms of defining, evaluating, monitoring, recognizing
and supporting DML in office work.
_Summary of the two work packages related to the post-doctoral researcher:_
1) WP1-Overall coordination of the project
The overarching aim of this work package is to coordinate the workplan
and organize the dissemination of the research outputs. This WP includes
the following tasks:
- General management. The general management consists in managing the
day-to-day administration of the project, which includes managing
internal communication and contacts with the follow-up committee and the
BELSPO administration, planning and preparing coordination meetings with
the partners, reporting on activities and finance, and feeding the
project website with content.
- Coordinating communication tools development (i.e. website,
information sharing space).
- Coordinating the follow-up committee. The follow-up committee brings
together representatives from a range of actors (e.g. policy makers,
public administrations, professional bodies, trade unions, ICT sector,
academia) who feed the research with their needs, interests and insights.
- Coordinating the integration of the work packages. LITME@WORK brings
together partners who have different backgrounds, each addressing one
specific aspect of DML in the context of team or distance work.
- Disseminating the research outputs. The aim of this task is to
disseminate findings to social actors, decision makers, scientific
experts and other stakeholders.
2) WP4-Digital Media Uses and Competences In New Work Practices
In order to study the competences called for and developed by
ICT-supported teamwork and distance work practices, the proposed
research will veer away from tool-oriented approaches that reduce
digital competences to technology-related operational skills. Such
approaches define their unit of analysis based on the use of specific
software or hardware tools by workers. Instead, we consider the new
work-related competences under its scrutiny as sets of interrelated
informational, technical and social competences that form a subset of
the individual’s digital and media literacy. Hence, the candidate will
collect and analyse data based on categories of activities involved in
emerging work practices. Unlike the majority of research works dedicated
to DML competences, which define such competences a priori before
attempting to validate their definition, the objective pursued in this
project is the very definition of these competences, from the
perspective of workers, based on field observation, along with the
definition of indicators for these competences.
Chargée de cours en communication
Directrice du Département des Sciences politiques, sociales et de la
Centre de Recherche Information, Droit et Société (CRIDS)
(anne-sophie.collard /at/ unamur.be) <mailto:(anne-sophie.collard /at/ unamur.be)>
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