Dr. Colin Alexander of Nottingham Trent University would welcome applications for a PhD programme entitled “Coronavirus Propaganda: Encouraging Public Behaviour within Political Communications”. The programme webpage explains:
We are looking for innovative PhD proposals that critically investigate the role that visuality and visual communication played during the COVID-19 crisis and how such content relates to understandings of propaganda. The project is also interested in addressing the ethics of pursuing these strategies and whether a declared crisis alters what ought to be perceived as ethically acceptable political communications that seek to monitor and drive public behaviour. In the first instance, we are keen to attract outstanding PhD proposals concerned with well-defined case studies in the United Kingdom. However, the team are also open to international case studies where a clear link to political propaganda, ethics and visuality can be established.
Applicants should already have a strong understanding of communications theory and either ethics or social psychology and be interested in visual communications. Interest in critically exploring the COVID-19 pandemic is a must. We support PhD projects via the traditional research degree format consisting of an original written thesis. Applicants from a range of backgrounds, whether that is within academia, industry, governmental, non-governmental organisations or cultural organisations are encouraged to apply for this opportunity.
Entrants must have a Bachelors and a Masters Degree (both 2:1 or higher) in a subject area relevant to the PhD research. There is no application deadline for the project, which is for self-funded PhD students.
For more information and to apply visit the page on the university website.