We are thrilled to announce the opening of a new PhD position looking at Autism inclusion in society at the Interaction Design Centre, University of Limerick, Ireland. The position is part of a European doctoral network funded by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action: “Reworlding: Repositioning Participatory Design to Tackle Socio-Environmental Challenges”. The general theme links 11 PhD candidates, providing them with collective learning opportunities and individual secondments. The overall theme of the doctoral training network is as following:
Socio-Environmental issues are experienced differently by different actors, communities and organisations, leading to societal polarisation and inhibiting urgently needed actions around these issues. As Participatory Design (PD) researchers, we observe a need for design approaches that can bring diverse actors together to tackle these challenges in participatory ways, with particular attention to those who remain silent, both as human and non-human actors (e.g. plants, rivers and insects). REWORLDING doctoral network aims to investigate and outline such a careful and situated PD approach that can better understand and create synergies between the different worlds in which people live and work, and the more-than-human worlds they are entangled with. This is achieved through interdisciplinary methodology based on collective learning and participatory action research, embedded in inter-sectoral collaborations with non-academic partners who address socio-ecological issues from diverse perspectives. The programme includes the Retracing lecture series, Reconnecting methods training, Reimagining summer schools, Reinstitutioning webinars and Reworlding assemblies. Through articulated pathways to gain impact, we will be connecting the project activities with various stakeholders at different scales and with relevant programmes at European and international level (such as SDGs and European Green Deal).
Project: Reworlding neuro-diversity in society This project will look at current practices, services and discourses around autism inclusivity in society via collaboration with the two largest Charities for Autism in the Republic of Ireland: Aslam based in Dublin (asiam.ie) and ASD Ireland based in Limerick (www.asdireland.ie). The PhD student will be seconded to these organisations to map their practices and caring strategies, and the network of involved stakeholders. The study will identify best practices but also limits and barriers to inclusivity, and will explore participatory approaches to progress and evolve the provision of services/infrastructures/platforms supporting neuro-diversity and inclusive environments in a sustainable fashion. The student will be expected to travel for workshops and consortium meetings in Belgium, Italy, Sweden, and Denmark . During the first three years, there will also be one secondment outside Ireland to one of the organisations forming part of the Reworlding consortium: University of Aalborg in Denmark. There is a budget for travel. For more details of the specific position and what is expected, please see the website describing the 11 studentships: www.uhasselt.be/reworlding
A full description of the position with eligibility criteria (important) is available here: https://ixuxdesign.csis.ul.ie/reworlding/Reworlding_post_asd_CS.docx
Please note important MSCA Eligibility criteria
Project-specific selection criteria
Application Applicants should electronically submit:
to Dr. Cristiano Storni (Cristiano.email@example.com). Applications must be received no later than 15th of December 2023.