Law: Funded PhD Scholarship: Governments’ Monitoring of Social Media and International Law (Joint PhD Research Study)

Closing date: 31 January 2018

Key Information

PhD Joint Research Study – Swansea University and Communauté Université Grenoble Alpes: Governments’ Monitoring of Social Media and International Law

This scholarship is for a joint Swansea-Grenoble PhD. Candidates will spend time at Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law, Swansea University and Doctoral School of Law, Université Grenoble Alpes.

Project start date: 1 April 2018

The objective of this joint Swansea-Grenoble PhD will be to study how Governments around the world try to track and monitor the content that users publish on social media, what requests they make, and the companies’ answers to these requests. This will be analysed using the framework of International Law, in particular International Human Rights Law.

The supervisory team for this project will consist of Professor Stuart Macdonald (Swansea), Dr Katy Vaughan (Swansea), Professor Theodore Christakis (Grenoble) and Professor Karine Bannelier (Grenoble).

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in activities organised by Swansea University’s Cyberterrorism Project (www.cyberterrorism-project.org) and Université Grenoble Alpes’ Centre for International Security and European Studies (http://cesice.upmf-grenoble.fr/). During their first year the successful candidate will spend six months at each institution. During years two and three the length of time to be spent at each institution will be determined by the student’s supervisory needs.

Eligibility

As this is a joint degree, applicants must meet entry / funder requirements of both Universities, namely:

Communauté Université Grenoble Alpes:

Applicants must hold a Master's degree in Law, Political Science and other cognate discipline.

Swansea University:

Either a First Class Honours Degree with a Master's in Law, Political Science and other cognate discipline or, a Master’s Degree with Distinction.

Due to funding restrictions, this studentship is open to UK/EU candidates only.

Funding

The scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees plus a stipend of £14,553 (RCUK rate) provided by Swansea University and Université Grenoble Alpes.

The student will also receive funds of £500 per annum to assist with travel and accommodation.

How to Apply

To apply please complete the following documents and send to Dr Vivienne Jenkins (postgraduate-research@swansea.ac.uk):

  • HRC School of Law PGR Scholarship Application  ‌
  • CV
  • Covering letter explaining (1) the student’s motivation and suitability for the project (up to 500 words) and (2) the challenges and problems posed by governments’ tracking and monitoring of social media, from the perspective of International Human Rights Law (up to 1000 words).

Informal enquiries about this studentship are welcome and may be directed to Stefania Edwards (Stefania.edwards@swansea.ac.uk / +44 (0)1792 513230) or Professor Theodore Christakis (theodore.christakis@univ-grenoble-alpes.fr).