PhD Studentship - SAVE (Smartness Against Violence in Environments)

Anglia Ruskin University
March 19, 2023
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Job Category

Teaching, Research & Scholarship

Employment Type

Full time

Location

Chelmsford

Faculty/Prof Service

Faculty of Science & Engineering

Ref No

2146

Closing Date

19/03/2023

About ARU:

We are ranked in the world's top 350 institutions in the 2022 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and we are a global university transforming lives through innovative, inclusive and entrepreneurial education and research. Our research institutes and four faculties bridge scientific, technical and creative fields. We deliver impactful research which tackles pressing issues and makes a real difference to our communities. Our academic excellence has been recognised by the UK's Higher Education funding bodies, with 16 of our research areas assessed as world-leading. In 2021, we were awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize for our world-leading music therapy work.

About the Role:

SAVE (Smartness Against Violence in Environments) - Developing smart urban environments to fight violent knife crimes

Background

Despite the alarmingly increasing number of knife-operated incidents reported to occur in urban public spaces globally, the knowledge gaps are identified in perceptions of knife crime as a different type of crime. Police have identified the main hotspots of violent crime in general, but there are limited studies on the specific urban design traits of the loci that characterise these hotspots. Although several agents that contribute to knife- crime activity are investigated, research for its prevention and reduction has not included a systematic and thorough analysis and understanding of the spatial conditions of the reported crime scenes. There is a knowledge gap in the potential of smart technologies to enhance knife-crime prevention. There are recent studies showcasing how frequent patrolling alone can reduce crime in specific localities. The above lead to the hypotheses that the (re)design of the crime loci is a critical factor and that full deployment of social media, Internet of Things (IoT) and data could drastically improve the situation.

This project will enhance knife-crime prevention in UK cities by gaining insights into the characteristics of public spaces where crime recurrently occurs, and proposing guidelines for their redesign by embedding smart technologies.

Funding Notes and Eligibility:

Applications are open to Home fee status students only. This successful applicant will receive a Vice Chancellor's Scholarship award which covers Home tuition fees and a UKRI equivalent minimum annual stipend for three years. The award is subject to the successful candidate meeting the

studentship Terms and Conditions which can be found on our website alongside further information on the Project: https: // aru.ac.uk/research/postgraduate- research/vc-phd-scholarships

Applicants should have (or expect to achieve) a minimum upper second class undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline. A Master's degree in a relevant subject is desirable. Applicants must be prepared to study on a full-time basis, attending at our Chelmsford campus.

Application Deadline: 19th March 2023

How to apply:

Applications for a Vice Chancellor's PhD Scholarship are made through the application portal on our website: https: // aru.ac.uk/research/postgraduate- research/vc-phd-scholarships

We will review all applications after the submission deadline of 19th March. We will contact shortlisted applicants in the week commencing 3rd April. Interviews will be held between 17th April to 2nd May.

If you have any queries relating to the application process or the terms and conditions of the Scholarships, please email [email protected]

Documentation required:

You will need the following documents available electronically to upload them to the application portal (we can accept files in pdf, jpeg or Word format):

1) Certificates and transcripts from your Bachelor and Master's degrees, (if applicable)

2) Your personal statement explaining your suitability for the project

3) Passport and visa, or evidence of EU Settlement Scheme (if applicable)

4) Curriculum Vitae

Please note the application form will ask you to upload a research proposal. You should upload your personal statement in this section, as proposals are not required for this scholarship.

Contact us:

General enquiries: [email protected] If you would like to discuss this research project, please contact [email protected]

We are committed to safegua rding and promoting welfare of our staff and students and expect all staff to share this commitment.

We value diversity at ARU and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

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