New routes into gaming: PhD project with marginalised communities

Existing routes into education and employment are currently organised in ways that exacerbate existing social inequalities and limit opportunities for social mobility over the life-course. 

An increasing number of organisations – including universities and employers – are committed to developing new models for education and employment to disrupt this status quo and increase opportunities for social mobility. Such interventions are understood not only as ‘the right thing’ to do but also as good for business and the wider economy.

This fully-funded PhD studentship seeks to explore these issues in the gaming industry and contribute to changing opportunities for those from Black and minority ethnic communities. This will include participatory action research with local communities and in collaboration with the funder, Supermassive Games.  The studentship is open to students of Black heritage, who have an undergraduate degree in the social sciences.


Eligible applicants will have one of the following categories of ethnicity:

  • Black African
  • Black Caribbean
  • Black Other
  • Mixed – White and Black Caribbean
  • Mixed – White and Black African
  • Other mixed background (to include Black African, Black Caribbean or Black Other)

You will have knowledge of one or more relevant research areas (e.g. race and ethnicity, employment, gaming) and some training in social research methods. Whilst the broad aspirations of the project have been determined, as above, we are looking for applicants to respond to the opportunity with their own ideas and formulate a research proposal that captures their research methods, workplan and intended outcomes.


The successful candidate will benefit from:

  • Access to and support from the independent gaming industry via the project sponsor – Supermassive Games
  • Full annual stipend (£15,609), fees, and annual research fund in line with UKRI provision.
  • Membership of the ESRC South West Doctoral Training Partnership, providing access to free training, cohort building, and networks across the DTPs academics and partners.
  • Membership of the Bristol Digital Futures Institute (BDFI) – an interdisciplinary research institute which aims to transform the way we create digital technologies for inclusive, prosperous and sustainable societies.

Find out more about how to apply and read tips for writing the best possible application.

Key dates

Closing date: Midnight, Sunday 1st August 2021
Interviews: Wednesday 1st September 2021
Proposed start date: October 2021

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Sponsored by Supermassive Games in partnership with BDFI
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