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Message posted on 21/06/2019

Fully funded PhD 'The Social Lives of Batteries...'

Hi, please find below a fully funded PhD at Lancaster University that might be
of interest to you or your networks.
If you are interested and would like to discuss, please email me at, on twitter
Best wishes, Nicola

The Social Lives of Batteries and New Energy Materials
3 year, fully funded PhD opportunity for UK and EU Citizens, based in the
Leverhulme Material Social Futures Doctoral Training Centre, and Sociology
Department at Lancaster University, UK.

Enquiries to: Dr Nicola Spurling,
Closing date: 31st July 2019
Supervisor: Dr Nicola Spurling (nb a second supervisor appropriate to the
successful candidate will be identified on appointment).
The Leverhulme Material Social Futures Programme and Lancaster Sociology are
seeking a candidate for this exciting PhD opportunity. The position will suit
applicants with a background in Sociology, Anthropology, Geography, Material
Culture or Science and Technology Studies. Experience of qualitative and
ethnographic methods, and an interest in one of the following fields is
desirable: mobilities, science and technology studies, social practice
theory, new materialisms, sociology of the future.
Specifically focused on new energy materials, battery technologies and
electric vehicles, the PhD will follow batteries through the laboratory and
into the possible forms of mobility and everyday futures which they might be
part of. This might develop in a variety of theoretical and methodological
directions, depending on the interests of the successful candidate, but should
include: i) conducting empirical research on how 'the battery' exists in the
discourse and practices of material scientists that are working on new energy
materials; ii) analysing how such assumptions have implications for the
development of new materials and battery technologies; iii) creatively
developing 'everyday futures' and imagined 'social lives' of future
The ultimate aim is to explore some of the alternative socio-technical lives
of future batteries through focussing on futures of travel in different
countries, in transformed vehicle ecologies, and in relation to changed end
use practices. Through the Material Social Futures doctoral training centre,
there will be many opportunities to engage in dialogue with material
scientists (both staff and students), for example, through the MSF training
programme, and with a thematically linked PhD in Chemistry on sustainable
battery materials.
Informal enquiries prior to submitting an application are encouraged and can
be made directly to Dr Nicola Spurling
Applications should be made via Lancaster University's online application
system. Applicants must put LEVERHULME under 'source of funding' in the
application form.

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