[CITASA] Four year doctoral project in Ireland: The geography and political economy of software production (fwd)

martin dodge m.dodge at manchester.ac.uk
Mon Jun 10 13:27:51 EDT 2013

Please circulate to potential candidates.

*Four year doctoral project: The geography and political economy of
software production*

Funded by a European Research Council Advanced Investigator Award to
Prof. Rob Kitchin, we are seeking a doctoral student to work on /The
Programmable City/ project.

The project will be based in the National Institute for Regional and
Spatial Analysis (NIRSA) at the National University of Ireland Maynooth.

The production of software, like any industry, has a particular space
economy to its creation and circulation.  Its operations are organised
and structured both sectorally and spatially to enable efficient
production, and minimise costs and maximise profit.  At a macro-level
there is a geography of software development, so that whilst software
creation takes place across the world, it is concentrated in key sites,
for example, Silicon Valley, Bangalore, Boston, and Ireland, where there
is an agglomeration of skilled labour, entrepreneurship, technologies,
venture capital, and local tax and development regimes.  At these sites,
software is the product of a complex interplay of social, political and
economic processes operating within and across scales.  For other kinds
of software production, such as open source projects, development is
often more dispersed and distributed.  This project will provide a
detailed analysis of the geography and political economy of software
development, with a particular focus on Boston and Dublin.  It will
involve case study research and interviews with company managers and
agencies and organisations that seek to facilitate inward investment and
indigenous start-ups (development agencies, business incubators, venture
capitalists, etc).

*Stipend **:* *EUR16,000 p.a, plus fees*

The stipend is projected to increment by 8% per annum.
The post is expected to commence 1^st September 2013, subject to receipt
of approved funding.

Closing date: midnight, Friday 14th June 2013

Further details on the post and application process:
http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AGQ309/doctoral-student/ or

Prof. Rob Kitchin
Director, National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA)
National University of Ireland, Maynooth, County Kildare, Ireland
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