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PhD Studentship - Human-Centred AI

Web & Internet Science

Location:  Highfield Campus
Closing Date:  Thursday 30 June 2022
Reference:  1836722FP

Supervisory Team:    Mark Weal

Project description

There is a global need to develop a large and highly skilled workforce that will drive an increasingly innovative economy, while understanding the adaptations necessary for working and living with Artificial Intelligence (AI), mitigating the risks it poses and shaping a future AI society.

The Web Science Institute (WSI) at the University of Southampton is offering a PhD studentship for multidisciplinary doctoral research in any topic relevant to our Human-Centred AI themes, for example: 

  • Online Health: collaborative data sharing and the development of data-driven systems and advances in AI for health applications.
  • Social and Embodied AI: immersive media; cultural history of the Web and AI; AI art; musical improvisation algorithms as social machines.
  • Democratic Futures: using new technologies to future-proof democracy and ensure the resilience of democratic norms.
  • Trustworthy AI for the Future of Society: exploring the values, principles and foundations of trustworthy and ethical technologies, such as AI and Automated Decision Making (ADM).

You will be supervised by an interdisciplinary academic team and be part of a broader cohort of students investigating the challenges of a future AI society.  Your research will be supported by relevant training, including MSc modules according to your individual needs, and you will also benefit from opportunities offered by the University’s partnership with the Alan Turing Institute.

Project start date:    Sept / Oct 2022

About the Web Science Institute

The Web Science Institute (WSI) is an entrepreneurial non-profit research institute which focuses on supports globally-recognised cross-disciplinary research, training and innovation.  The Institute’s work explores digital economy, cultures and social practices based on Web, Data Science and AI technologies.   The WSI is a founder member of the Web Science Trust Network of Laboratoriesco-ordinates doctoral training in Web Science Innovation and Human-Centred AI, and is linked with the UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Hub.

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Dr Mark Weal ( or Alison Tebbutt (

Entry Requirements

A good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent) in a computational subject or relevant discipline from the social sciences or humanities, plus evidence of multidisciplinary research. Advanced AI experience is not needed but some programming experience would be desirable.

Closing date: 30 June 2022. Later applications may be considered until the position is filled.

Funding:  This studentship is open to applicants who are eligible for UK fees.  Funding will cover tuition fees and a stipend of £16,062 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years. 

How To Apply

Applications should be made online. 

Select programme type (Research), 2022/23, Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering. Next page select “PhD Web Science (Full time)”. As the Research Area, please add “Web Science Institute – Human-Centred AI”.  

Applications should include

Research Proposal – see our guidelines for preparing a research proposal

Curriculum Vitae

Two reference letters

Degree Transcripts to date

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