PhD Studentship in Performance Technologies, University of Leeds

University of Leeds

School of Performance and Cultural Industries


PhD Studentship in Performance Technologies 


Deadline for applications: 24th April 2015

Start date: 1st September 2015


Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals wishing to undertake doctoral research within the area of Performance Technologies in the School of Performance and Cultural Industries at the University of Leeds.  Our Performance Technologies researchers share a fundamental curiosity about the materiality of performance. We approach this topic through a diverse range of technologies, from digital and new media to wood and cloth. Our concerns lie with the languages of technologies in performance, and the influences of performance knowledge on technological design. Our work is characterised by multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches, often collaborating with academic or industry partners. The group is led by Professor Sita Popat (Chair of Performance and Technology). Applications are equally welcome for a PhD or a practice-led PhD (where your research questions can only be answered through practical engagement).


We offer specialist supervision in the following areas:

• Performance and new media

• Digital performance and the body

• Human/technology interfaces

• Performance as a tool for innovation in design processes

• Immersive and environmental performance

• The phenomenology of scenography in performance


Studentship Information

The studentship is tenable for up to 3 years full-time from 1 September 2015. Renewal of the studentship each year is subject to satisfactory academic progress. Applicants will hold a good first degree in a relevant arts or social science subject and a Masters degree (or equivalent professional experience) demonstrating successful completion of appropriate initial research training.


The successful applicant will contribute to teaching activities in the School of Performance & Cultural Industries for up to six hours per week.


Full awards cover academic fees at the standard UK rate (or equivalent contribution to international fees) and a maintenance grant, which includes an honorarium for teaching activities. Students are eligible to apply to the School for financial support to undertake appropriate conference presentation and training activities.


Application Deadline:

The deadline for receipt of applications is 24th April 2015. You should also arrange for three academic references to be sent to us by this date. Applications, including a 3000-word research proposal should be made using the standard School of PCI application for a postgraduate research degree – for guidance on constructing a proposal please see:


You also need to send a separate, accompanying statement to Linda Watson ( ). In this accompanying statement please ensure you address:


a) how your previous experience, qualifications and interests would equip you to undertake the proposed research;

b) how you would formulate the project within the scope of the specialist supervision available in the School and in the Practitioner Processes Research Group

c) your preparedness to take on teaching activities in the School.



Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held in May 2015, at the University of Leeds.

Application forms and further details are also available from Linda Watson, School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT, 0113 343 38713,


Interested candidates are strongly recommended to contact Professor Sita Popat before making an application


Further Information

About the School of Performance and Cultural Industries at the University of Leeds: