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ESRC PhD studentship opportunity in Transport

ESRC Doctoral Training Centre Human Geography pathway studentship (ESRC). Title - Satellite Navigation systems: current practice and future use. Supervisors: Dr. Mark Beecroft and Professor John Nelson, Centre for Transport Research, University of Aberdeen

Sat-nav systems represent a key growth area in the field of transport technology with ownership in the UK alone increasing fivefold within the period 2003-2006 representing a consumer spend of £300 million. The corollary of this market-led boom is a poor understanding of how systems are used in practice, despite a wealth of user-generated data (particularly from on-line reviews). The proposed research would develop extensive quantitative and qualitative analysis of current practice and scope out future applications for driver information systems.  Data will be collected from key stakeholders including motorists, local authorities and service providers. Students should have a commitment to interdisciplinary research and should have a background in transport or a cognate disciple such as civil engineering, geography or planning.  Ideally candidates will have experience of working with both quantitative and qualitative methods.

The closing date for applications to be received by the University of Aberdeen is 15th April 2011Click here for more information including eligibility criteria and the application process. Informal enquiries can be directed to: m.beecroft@abdn.ac.uk


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