Designing interactions with digital money
The PhD will explore how people use and interact with money to explore how digital systems can be designed for more effective and suitable purposes. This topic could cover consumer payment systems, peer-to-peer transactions, social or community interaction, or financial services. It will involve data collection and analysis, and prototyping for interaction design or systems development (which could be in the areas of mobile, ubiquitous computing, CSCW, or blockchain). In addition to studies in the developed world, I am also interested in new forms of money use and future design solutions in developing regions including Africa, India, and China.
This is a self funded project
Brunel offers a number of funding options to research students that help cover the cost of their tuition fees, contribute to living expenses or both. See more information here: https://www.brunel.ac.uk/research/Research-degrees/Research-degree-funding. Recently the UK Government made available the Doctoral Student Loans of up to £25,000 for UK and EU students and there is some funding available through the Research Councils. Many of our international students benefit from funding provided by their governments or employers. Brunel alumni enjoy tuition fee discounts of 15%.)