Relating to data through visualisation: 3 funded PhD studentships in the UK

Relating To Data: understanding data through visualisation is a network of three funded PhD studentships which focuses on how people relate to data through their visualisation, the narratives and meanings people attach to visualisations and the potential understanding produced by them. The successful candidates will be located at one of the universities of Leeds, Sheffield or York, depending on the studentship for which they apply (see below). The network brings together supervisors with expertise in data visualisation, big data/data power and user-centred digital design with two world-leading and award-winning data visualisation agencies, Clever-Franke ( and Visualising Data ( As such it provides exciting opportunities for three PhD students interested in the social scientific study of data in society.

The network is funded by the UK?s ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) WRDTC (White Rose Doctoral Training Centre). As such, it is only open to UK and EU nationals. Applicants who have been resident in the UK for three years prior to the start date will be eligible for a fees + maintenance award; applicants not resident in the UK for the three years prior to the start date will be eligible for a fees only award.


Studentship topic 1: Developing Visualisation Literacy.

  • Principal Supervisor: Helen Kennedy, Department of SociologicalĀ  Studies, University of Sheffield.
  • Co-Supervisor: Alex Hall, Department of Politics, University of York

To apply:


Studentship topic 2: Engaging Diverse Users in Visualisation Production and Evaluation.

  • Principal Supervisor: David Beer, Department of Sociology, University of York.
  • Co-Supervisor: Rosemary Lucy Hill, Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds

To apply:


Studentship topic 3: Measuring Visualisation Engagement.

  • Principal Supervisor: Christopher Birchall, School of Media andĀ  Communications, University of Leeds.
  • Co-Supervisor: Paul Clough, Information School, University of Sheffield

To apply:


Deadline for applications: 5th March 2016.

Start date: October 2016.


For more information about the network and the studentships, visit