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ESRC South Coast DTP Studentship - New Forms of Data Collection: Data Quality of Sensor and App Data in the UK (S2117)

Social Statistics & Demography

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £15,285 (2020/21 UKRI rate)
Closing Date:  Monday 18 January 2021
Reference:  SCDTP-S2117

New Forms of Data Collection: Data Quality of Sensor and App Data in the UK 

A fully funded studentship awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) commencing in 2021/22 Academic Year.

The main aims of the project are to study data quality in new forms of data collected through sensors and apps in the UK as well as to compare the data to traditional survey data collected through face-to-face interviews. New forms of data collection are promising but not without associated challenges which need to be assessed and understood in order to be able to exploit their potential to a maximum. The project will utilise UK secondary data resources accessible from the UK Data Service (UKDS) and similar data available from CBS Statistics Netherlands to allow for cross-country comparisons of results.

Supervisory Team:

Dr Olga Maslovskaya ( and Professor Peter WF Smith (, Department of Social Statistics and Demography, University of Southampton.

Skills Required

Linear, binary, ordinal and multinomial logistic regression modelling; understanding of survey methodology; experience in using large-scale datasets; basic understanding of machine-learning techniques and programming.


South Coast DTP Funding provides an annual maintenance grant (tax free) of £15285 (2020/21 UKRI rate), plus payment of 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 18th January 2021.  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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