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SCDTP Studentship - An Interdisciplinary Study of Algorithmic Risk Prediction Technologies in the Penal System

Sociology Social Policy & Criminology

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £15009
(19/20 UKRI rate)
Closing Date:  Thursday 23 January 2020
Reference:  1078418CC

An Interdisciplinary Study of Algorithmic Risk Prediction Technologies in the Penal System

A fully funded studentship awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) commencing in 2020/21 Academic Year.

Supervisory Team:

Dr Pamela Ugwudike ( (Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, Faculty of Social Sciences) and Dr Adriane Chapman (Department of Electronics and Computer Science, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences).

We are pleased to welcome applications from candidates with a strong interest in studying the mechanisms through which data-driven algorithmic technologies are transforming the landscape of criminal justice. The successful candidate will undertake an interdisciplinary research study that will use social science and computer science methods to examine conduits of algorithmic bias affecting risk prediction technologies in the justice system. The study will also develop corrective measures

Skills Required

A background in at least one characteristic from List A or B below. The student will develop more skills in these areas as the study progresses, through supervision and relevant courses. List A: social science, quantitative research methods. List B: basic data science, data mining, mathematical modelling.


South Coast DTP Funding provides an annual maintenance grant (tax free) of £15009 (2019/20 UKRI rate), plus payment of all programme fees.  Other funding available for SCDTP funded students can be found on the SCDTP website (

Funding is provided for 3 years full-time PhD study (pro-rata for part-time students).  Applications for 1+3 funding for students completing a Master's year prior to the commencement of PhD study are also welcome (details available at

Application Procedure

The closing date and time for applications is 4.00pm on 23rd January 2020.  The full application procedure, the funding application form, and more information on the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership can be found at:

For further information about this project, please contact the lead supervisor detailed above.  For questions relating to the application procedure, or for more information about the SCDTP, please visit the SCDTP website or contact us at

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