[csaa-forum] PhD scholarship available - Music Industries and Digital Platforms

Ramon Lobato ramonlobato at gmail.com
Fri Sep 11 12:35:15 ACST 2015

We invite applications for a PhD scholarship with additional top-up
funding based at Swinburne University Hawthorn campus, Melbourne,

This PhD project forms part of an Australian Research Council Linkage
project, Music Usage Metrics and the Future of the Australian Music
Industry (2016-2018), which investigates how digital platforms and
subscription services are affecting various sectors of the music

Working with a team of leading academics at Swinburne and QUT, the
successful candidate will conduct a series of interviews with artists
and music industry professionals and will develop an original project
on a topic related to music industries and digital technology.
Indicative areas of investigation include, but are not limited to:
* impact of digital distribution on specific music genres/scenes
* streaming services and live music culture
* digital music marketing
* audience intelligence in the Spotify era
* record labels and digital aggregators
* local economies of digital distribution

Applicants should have a first-class Honours degree in a relevant
humanities or social science field (e.g. media and communication,
sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, law, economics), or
equivalent industry experience, along with a keen interest in the
topic area. Applicants should ensure they meet Swinburne’s PhD
academic entry requirements, available at

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work closely in
a supportive environment with an interdisciplinary team of media and
culture researchers conducting cutting-edge research on topics
including digital platforms, music industry economics and intellectual

In addition to a PhD stipend of $25,849 p/a, the successful candidate
will receive top-up funding of $5000 p/a as well as travel funds and
other project support.

The PhD project will be based at the Swinburne Institute for Social
Research (www.sisr.net), under the supervision of Dr Ramon Lobato
(SISR Senior Research Fellow) and Prof Dan Hunter (Dean of Swinburne
Law School). SISR is one of Australia’s largest humanities and social
science research centres, with an outstanding research culture and a
long tradition of producing innovative research in the field of media
and communication.

PhD students at SISR enjoy:
-    the opportunity to work with leading researchers in a
professional, focused, research-intensive environment
-    dedicated office space at the Institute
-    research training and professional development programmes
-    access to conference and fieldwork funding
-    being part of a professional and friendly scholarly community
that values PhD research

To enquire about this position please contact Dr Ramon Lobato at
rlobato at swin.edu.au or by phoning (03) 9214 8637

Project team:
A/Prof Patrik Wikström, QUT
Prof Axel Bruns, QUT
Dr Ramon Lobato, Swinburne
Prof Dan Hunter, Swinburne


Ramon Lobato
Senior research fellow
Swinburne Institute for Social Research | Department of Media and Communications
Room EW121, Hawthorn campus, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne
+61 3 9214 8637

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