The facilities, equipment and expertise available within the institutions and supervisory team provide a combination of world-leading capability in coastal sustainability, gamification, fishing management and community engagement that ideal fits this PhD project, maximising the expert training that will be available. This includes the Lyell Centre, a world-leading environmental research institute, and GRID, a brand new facility featuring the very latest in technological innovation, including Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Gaming studios for the game design phases, with the capability to connect with industry and academic partners around the world. Dr Vu Kim Chi, Vietnam National University, is an expert in science communication and public engagement, and provides crucial in-country support, knowledge and experience.
This project will equip the student with a range of skills, including computer science, design, science communication and engagement. Specific research skills will include:
– Computer coding
– Big-data analysis
– Community engagement with research
– Qualitative analytical methods
– Experimental design
PhD student support
The Lyell Centre has a large research student cohort that will provide peer-support throughout the studentship, including participation in the EGIS annual post-graduate research conference. All project supervisors are also highly research-active. The PhD student will interact with all members of their research groups through lab-group meetings at the Lyell Centre, University of Stirling and Vietnam National University, Hanoi, providing an opportunity to learn about other techniques and research areas which may be applicable to their research. Additionally, the supervisors are all based in research-active departments that span a broad range of ecological, environmental and geoscience research, exposing the scholar to a range of other research areas. Active participation in these research groups will provide the opportunity to discuss cutting-edge topics in the field, review recent papers and to present current research plans to academics with a common research interest in an informal and supportive atmosphere.
Where required, and to maintain continued professional development, the scholar will be supported to attend specialist courses directly aligned to the project:
– Mobile app design
– Science communication
– Big-data analysis
– This project will involve some fieldwork, thus the scholar may attend a field first aid course in the first 6 months of the project.
– The project supervisors will also support and encourage the PhD student attendance on transferable skills training such as data management and scientific writing. These are provided for free within Heriot-Watt University Research Futures Academy.