Watershed Professor of City Futures
University of the West of England, Bristol – Film & Journalism
Closing date: 31 March 2016
An ambitious university, UWE Bristol is committed to advancing knowledge, inspiring people and transforming futures.
The Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education is seeking to appoint a Professor who will investigate the inter-relationships between Bristol’s citizens, its public spaces, and the digital creative interventions allowed by the context of ubiquitous and pervasive computing. Embedded within the city, in dialogue with partners and projects, the post-holder will bring an insider vantage-point to a critical examination of the practices and impacts of digital media in the city region and beyond.
The Watershed Professor of City Futures will be based at the Digital Cultures Research Centre in the Pervasive Media Studio, within UWE’s City Campus, but will engage in an interdisciplinary dialogue across the University. The postholder will work closely with the Watershed’s digital innovation processes, including the Playable City initiative and the growing international network of partners in that project.
The Digital Cultures Research Centre (DCRC) enables, supports and promotes world-leading research into innovative creative practices – economies, pleasures, publics – in a context of rapid digital transformation. We study the application, practices and politics of emerging technologies; we critically reflect on their ethics, values and aesthetics.
The current focus of the DCRC is on four broad research themes: Playable Media, Future Documentary, The Automation of Everyday Life and Creative Economy. 2015/2016 sees the Centre hosting research seminar series on Cultural Value and the Anthropocene, and holding the fourth i-Docs Symposium – the UK’s only conference on interactive documentary. The Rooms festival marks the culmination of the REACT project, with evaluation and publication underway. Meanwhile, a new MA in Creative Producing is in development for 2016, in collaboration with Pervasive Media Studio.
If you would like an informal discussion, please contact Peter Rawlings.
UWE Bristol operates a competitive merit pay scheme for its professors which can significantly extend the baseline salary.