PhD project

Understanding writing in a digital world: Cognitive, linguistic or social aspects of writing

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Application deadline

28 February 2023

About the project

Writing is a key element of our educational, professional, and personal lives. Innovations in digital technology have led to the emergence of new genres and mediums of writing. However, such innovations in digital technology may create inequalities for underrepresented groups and those who do not have enough familiarity with new mediums or enough writing or language proficiency in their second language. This interdisciplinary project aims to understand ‘writing’ as both a process and a product in a digital world and explore digital writing practices and the impact of digital technology on writing for different groups that may include children, migrants, refugees, first and second language writers of English, and professionals. The project ultimately aims to contribute to new knowledge about writing in a digital world and offer implications for social justice and equality in our society. While the focus of this project will be determined by the interests and expertise of the student, we welcome research proposals that aim to investigate writing from multidisciplinary theoretical and methodological perspectives.

We invite applications from strong and motivated candidates who are prepared to take the leading role in this project. We envisage students will have a background in Education, TEFL/TESOL, Psychology, Linguistics or another related discipline. Depending on academic background, students may be advised to undertake one of our MEd or MSc Psychology programmes as preparation for PhD study.

How to apply


28 February 2023

  1. Email Dr Duygu Candarli ( to
    • send a copy of your CV
    • discuss your potential application and any practicalities (e.g. suitable start date)
  2. After discussion with Dr Candarli, formal applications can be made via our direct application system. Apply for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Education (3 Year).
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