Wikipedia and Australian history and events

University of Technology Sydney
April 30, 2023
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The PhD student will initiate and conduct a Doctoral research project affiliated with an Australian Research Council funded 3-year Discovery Project, Wikipedia and the nation’s story: Towards equity in knowledge production. The project’s Chief Investigators are Associate Professors Heather Ford and Tamson Pietsch.

The ARC Discovery project involves a systematic study of how Wikipedia represents historic Australian events, bringing together cutting-edge research approaches on Wikipedia’s systemic bias and its increasingly important role in national history-making, along with an international network that will be nurtured as part of the project. The project uses interviews, data visualisation, data analysis case studies, and participant observation.

The student will have the opportunity to undertake critical aspects of research on any of the following project objectives:

1. To provide a more comprehensive understanding of the ways that Wikipedia’s partiality has been framed and evaluated;

2. To map the scope of entries relating to Australian historic events on Wikipedia, and to identify and analyse omissions in relation to persons, events, or other relevant historical phenomena;

3. To investigate and interrogate that various ways that Wikipedia’s historical representations are constructed through users’ practices

Applicants must include in the application a project proposal, outlining topic and research question, research project aims, and preliminary description of design. Proposal templates and other information relating to HDR applications in FASS at UTS can be made available on request.

Who is eligible?
  • Be a full time domestic student;
  • Receive a PhD offer for the Spring session and be able to commence from July 2023.
  • Meet UTS’s PhD entry requirements: https: // www. teaching/graduate-research/future-research-students/application-essentials
  • Have completed an Honours degree or an equivalent standard Master of Arts degree (with a substantial research component) in a relevant field of research, such as communication and media studies, history (preferably Australian history), internet studies, anthropology, development studies, information and library studies, and/or sociology
  • Selection process

    In relation to the applicant:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and expertise around one or more of the following areas: Science and Technology Studies, digital inequalities, platform bias, Australian history, and/or Wikipedia studies
  • Evidence of research capacity, including any published articles or reports, or any professional research roles
  • Professional esteem, awards, or equivalent recognition for expertise in the relevant field(s)
  • In relation to the proposal:

  • Clear identification of research topic and research questions
  • Significance and originality of the work
  • Demonstration of preliminary engagement with relevant scholarly literature
  • Identification of relevant methodologies and methods relating to the research design
  • Clarity and accuracy of written expression
  • Need more information? Contact...

    Associate Professor Heather Ford: [email protected]


    Valued at $32,500 per annum tax exempt


    This scholarship is available over 3.5 years


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