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PROTIC II - Human-Computer Interaction

Primary supervisor

Patrick Olivier


Research area

Action Lab

The context... Bangladesh has seen a steep rise in active-users of the internet (especially of social media) and of mobile technology over the last decade. This action research PhD project will explore the design of technologies and services to benefit socio-economically disadvantaged and marginalised communities. The research is part of the second phase of PROTIC, a research collaboration between the Faculty of Information TechnologyMonash University, and Oxfam in Bangladesh. The overarching goal of PROTIC to understand and address issues resulting from unequal access to digital technology with the aim of empowering disadvantaged communities through access to information. 

The PhD... As a cross-disciplinary inquiry, you will use methods and concepts from human-computer interaction, social computing, design, community informatics, ICT4D and the social sciences. Based in Action Lab you will be working in a highly multidisciplinary environment, as well as collaborating with members of the Digital Equity and Digital Transformation research group, Oxfam Bangladesh and external supervisor Ishtiaque Ahmed (Third SpaceUniversity of Toronto). As an action research project your studies will (most likely) involve fieldwork and design, but also the development and evaluation of candidate technologies and digital services (supported by existing research engineering capacity with Action Lab). It is expected that you will undertake frequent travel to Bangladesh and international conferences and collaborators (where possible).

What we are looking for... candidates with experience of working in Bangladesh, with good English and Bengali language skills, with an enthusiasm for participatory research, and with an educational background spanning one or more of computer science, interaction design, human-computer interaction, and development studies.

For more details, see the LinkedIn article about this PhD scholarship.

Required knowledge

  • A first-class Honours degree and/or Master’s degree computer science, design, or development studies (or related disciplines).
  • Experience of working with NGOs and/or community organisations in Bangladesh.
  • Interest in, and capacity to, conduct participatory research with a wide range of stakeholders in Bangladesh. 
  • Good English language skills, e.g. IELTS Academic (Overall: 7.0, Listening: 7.0, Reading: 7.0, Writing: 7.0, Speaking: 7.0) or equivalent.
  • Good Bengali language skills, for fieldwork in Bangladesh and data analysis.

Project funding

Project based scholarship

Learn more about minimum entry requirements.