Elphinstone PhD Scholarship on technology and work-life bourdaries

I’d love to do this. Shame I just finished one. Hmm, never thought I’d say that:

(Dis)Connected Working: Managing Work-Life Boundaries in a Digital Economy

The proposed project will explore organizational policies and practices related to technology and work-life balance, and the ways in which these make possible specific ways of working, living, and combining work with non-work activities and responsibilities.

The project will take a participatory ethnographic approach, and will draw on established methodologies of action research in organizations. It will be based within a single case study organization.

The aims of the project will include:

  1. examining the ways in which government and organisational policies and practices related to digital technologies, flexible and mobile working, and work-life balance impact – often in complex, unexpected or even contradictory ways – on how employees use work-related technologies in managing work, non-work, and the relationship between these;
  2. exploring potential disparities and inequalities in access to digital infrastructure across geographically diverse areas (across the rural-urban spectrum), and their potential impact on work and non-work practices and relationship between these;
  3. proposing new ways of studying organizational policies and practices related to technology and work-life balance.

The proposed doctoral project will be supervised by Dr Karolina Kazimierczak and Professor Natasha Mauthner from the University of Aberdeen Business School, and will build on an existing EPSRC-funded study, Digital Epiphanies, which investigates interactions between work, family life and technologies in the home. The project will form part of a broader programme of research exploring interactions between technologies and social worlds across different sites (family, organization, national and international policy, popular culture).

The project is funded by a University of Aberdeen Elphinstone Scholarship.  An Elphinstone Scholarship covers the cost of tuition fees, whether Home, EU or Overseas. The deadline for applications is Friday, 6 June 2014.

Informal queries can be directed to Dr Karolina Kazimierczak at: k.a.kazimierczak@abdn.ac.uk. Details of application procedures can be found at: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/cass/graduate/elphinstone-phd-scholarships-329

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