Privacy Concerns and Data Provision as Public Goods in Digital Applications

PhD Project Outline

The difficulty of achieving viable levels of adoption for contact-tracing apps in western society contrasted starkly with general levels of data sharing in mobile applications, which is puzzling to privacy research.

We are interested in projects analysing digital applications such as mobile apps and questions around competition and or privacy/data collection, as well as privacy concerns in the digital sphere. Especially research strategies that focus on structural changes in the past (e.g. the implementation of new privacy regulation), and possibly, on the impact of the current CoVid 19 crisis on the market are encouraged. Research methods will be empirical data analysis using structural estimation or pseudo-experimental research designs, and possibly experimental lab-based research supported by mobile apps. This combination of methods will be accompanied by the need for background research on the market and could possible also involve online data scraping. Familiarity with a statistical software package, and/or other programming languages are a strong asset, but not required.

Research Team: You would be working with Dr. Michael Kummer and Dr. Farasat Bokhari (and possibly other IO economists in the school.)

Person Specification

We are seeking a high-calibre candidate with a good MSc in Economics (2.1 and above or equivalent) or in related disciplines. The candidate should have an interest in interdisciplinary research and methods.

Application deadline: 15 March 2021

Start Date: October 2021

Mode of Study: Full-time or Part-time

Studentship length: 3 years

Minimum entry requirement: UK 2:1.

Applications are to be submitted electronically via our Postgraduate Apply page.

Funding Notes

This project has been shortlisted for funding by the Industrial Economics Research Group at the School of Economics at UEA.

The School of Economics is an Athena Swan Award Holder and is committed to equality and diversity, and inclusion of students of any and all backgrounds.

UK and EU nationals, as well as international candidates are eligible for the stipend.

Applications must be supported by:

  • Official transcripts (in English) of your higher education qualifications.

  • A Personal Statement of 500 to 1,000 words

  • A CV detailing your work experience to date. Two academic references.

  • Evidence of your English proficiency if English is not your first language

  • A Research Proposal.

Applications must be accompanied by a research proposal of 2000 words on the topic of this call. In some cases students who are funded or who expects funding from some government agencies apply for a ‘1 + 3': MSc followed by a MPhil/PhD; in these cases, at the time of applying for a ‘1 + 3' a short research proposal will suffice. Please email Dr Stephen Davies for more details on this project.

The School attaches great importance to providing a speedy response to applicants. To help us do this, please follow the procedure described in the application form and guidance notes and enclose all the material that it requests. No application will be considered until all the supporting documentation is received.

All applications are considered on their own merit by the Economics Postgraduate Selection Committee.


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