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Trust, Identity, Privacy and Security Fellowships

Trust, Identity, Privacy and Security Fellowships

The Partnership, through EPSRC, wishes to support early and established career fellows in the priority area of Trust, Identity, Privacy and Security (TIPS). 

Applications are invited from those with a core programme of outstanding, innovative research. As a fellow, you will need to blend and balance the technological, economic, social, cultural, behavioural and political to address the complex challenges of this priority successfully. Your solutions will require broad and far-reaching research programmes which may span digital anthropology, crime, computer science, mathematics, forensics, sociology, social policy, design, economics, ethics, law, psychology, organisational studies and regulatory consideration among others.

Co-creation with individuals, communities, government, corporates and the third sector will be essential, as will active and creative dissemination and engagement. All applicants will be required to define and justify the focus of their proposed fellowship research within this broad priority area. 

Social Computing (Early Career Fellowships only)

Research that focuses on supporting and understanding social processes in relation to digital technologies. Includes developments of eco-systems, social sensing and social theories of technology use and adoption. We wish to support key individuals who are leading research and will provide a focus for this area.

Business and Economic Models (Early Career Fellowships only)

One of the challenges to the adoption of new Digital Economy (DE) technologies is the business and economic model that the technology could enable or disrupt. We wish to support key individuals with a good grounding in economics and business, who are researching how DE can challenge current business and economic models and facilitate the creation of new models.

This challenge requires the candidate to be engaged, both in the understanding fundamental drivers behind current business and economic models (of which empirical data could be obtained) as well as the future changes and disruption to the models (of which some degree of theorising would be expected.

It is expected that fellows will be engaged/ involved in one of the following major research fields: business (markets, economics, strategy and so on), digital innovation, privacy and security, collaborative consumption, platforms, data sciences and able to articulate how these developments may impact on markets and industry structures, ecosystems and emerging new economic models. Successful candidates will be expected to engage closely with the New Economic Models of the Digital Economy Network+ (NEMODE).

New Economic Models represents one of the four challenge areas being addressed by the Research Councils UK Digital economy theme. This DE priority area for EPSRC Fellowships is being introduced and delivered in close partnership with ESRC.

Advancing the Understanding and Development of the Internet of Things for the Digital Economy (Early and Established Career Fellowships only)

The future of the internet is moving away from computers and into other objects, like fridges and dishwashers. This is the Internet of Things (IoT), a term used to describe a set of technologies, systems and methodologies that underpins internet-enabled applications based on physical objects and the environment seamlessly integrating into this information network. IoT is described in the Information Economy Strategy as a “concept where not only people but objects and devices are able to network and communicate with each other. It will involve an increase in machine‑to‑machine (M2M) communication, with up to one trillion devices or ‘things’ which could be connected to networks across industries.”

The Internet of Things is an emerging area of interest and at the core of future development of the next generation of the Internet. The IoT presents opportunities to help address the four challenge areas in the RCUK Digital Economy (DE) theme (Sustainable Society, Communities and Culture, IT as a Utility and New Economic Models).

For further information on the fellowships including how to apply visit the EPSRC website