The landscape of work in the creative industry, accelerated by the pandemic, is shifting towards hybrid work, involving in-person and remote collaborative practices. This means that as digital technology and virtual connectivity are becoming fully assimilated into everyday practice, the world is witnessing a transition from questions around how technology can be adopted and used in the workplace to those around how the new hybrid ecosystem should be humanised and designed to support workers holistically. Consequently, post-digital work will spatially, managerially, and socially juxtapose several seemingly conflicting constructs in the workplace (such as the need for simultaneous connectivity and disconnection; synchrony and asynchrony; individuality and collectively). This shift in work practices challenges the conventions of creative collaborative working.
This doctoral study will examine how the juxtaposition of the different constructs will manifest spatially, managerially, and socially to facilitate creative collaborative work. Three key questions will shape the focus of this PhD:
What are the resources, activities, social constructs, and means by which actors [can/will] add value to the post-digital work ecosystem for creative collaborative work?
What are the value propositions of this new ecosystem? and
What are the ways in which the ecosystem can materialise through architectural interventions?
The study proposes to use novel mixed research approach, involving creative practitioners, researchers, and stakeholders from the creative industry. These will map out how the ecosystem of creative collaborative work is changing in this sector and outline a roadmap through which an ecosystem of creative collaborative work can be analysed, designed, and managed.
The successful candidate will be a member of the Centre for Architecture and Built Environment Research Centre for Architecture and Built Environment Research (CABER). CABER seeks to develop innovative approaches, procedures, technologies and techniques that support the design, management, reconfiguration, maintenance and operation of buildings, their fabric and the environments they create. In the recent Research Assessment Exercise (REF2021), 88% of research in ABE was judged to be Internationally Excellent or World Leading.
TitleFully-funded PhD studentship: Designing the Ecosystem of the Postdigital Workplace for Creative Collaborative Work
TypeCall for Submissions
Submission DeadlineSeptember 19, 2022 12:00 AM
VenueBristol, United Kingdom