PhD candidate “Navigating the cross-contextual media landscape: Children’s and adolescent’s digital media use”
You will be part of an NWA project (Navigating the cross-contextual media landscape: Children’s and adolescent’s digital media use, development and (in)equality) that seeks to disentangle the relations between children’s and adolescents’ digital media use in the media landscape that surrounds them, their development and their equality of opportunity. The project’s approach is knowledge-chain wide to ensure its impact on practice.
Today’s children and adolescents are immersed in a (digital) media landscape that surrounds them across contexts. The Covid pandemic increased unequal opportunities for children and adolescents to use digital media. There are differences in digital media access, motivation/skills to use digital media, and support of key persons (e.g., parents/teachers/peers). Understanding mechanisms in children’s and adolescents’ digital media use related to their development helps them and key persons to act in evidence-informed ways to reduce inequality. A better understanding of these factors is especially important during transition periods (i.e., from kindergarten to primary school or the early years in secondary school). During these periods, deviations in development could strongly impact children’s and adolescents’ opportunities. The aim of the NWA project is that scientists, parents, professionals and children and adolescents understand the mechanisms that influence the relations between children’s and adolescents’ digital media use, their development and opportunities. Furthermore, we want to develop skills and tools to support a positive impact of children’s and adolescents’ digital media use on development and equality of opportunities.
This specific PhD project is innovative in taking the full cross-contextual media landscape into account. The project concerns the role of emergent and advanced digitalization for equality of opportunities for young children and early adolescents. As a PhD, you will develop measures for the digital media landscape and for cultural, socioeconomic and linguistic diversity of family backgrounds. Furthermore, you will analyse data for the assessment of inequalities in digital media use in cross-contextual media landscapes and its effects on development. The focus will be the effects on cognitive, identity and social development separately. Finally, you will conduct interviews to provide more in-depth meaning to the quantitative results with the aim to better understand how and why early adolescents with different backgrounds have different cognitive, identity, and social development outcomes from the revealed patterns of digital media use. This project is part of a set of seven interrelated PhD-projects that are part of a large nationwide consortium of researchers and practitioners.
Information and application
Are you interested in this position? Please send your application via the 'Apply now' button below before 10th of October and include:
- A motivation letter
- A detailed CV
- Names of 2 people that we can contact for additional information
For more information regarding this position, you are welcome to contact Prof. dr. Alexander van Deursen (firstname.lastname@example.org).
About the department
The Technology of Human and Institutional Behavior department
The HIB-department is one of four departments at the Behavioural, Management, and Social sciences faculty. The department is committed to design, evaluation, and implementation of and teaching about comprehensive technology-based solutions supporting people in behavior that promotes their health, safety, resilience, connectedness, and joy. The HIB-department comprises sections of Communication Science; Psychology, Health & Technology; Psychology of Conflict, Risk and Safety; and Public Administration. You will be working in the section Communication Science.
About the organization
The Faculty of Behavioral, Management and Social sciences (BMS) aims to play a key role in understanding, jointly developing and evaluating innovations in society. Technological developments are the engine of innovation. As a technical university that puts people first, we tailor them to human needs and behavior and use social engineering to integrate them into society. We also ensure adequate governance at public and private level, and robust, inclusive and fair organizational structures. We do this by developing, sharing and applying high-quality knowledge in Psychology, Business Administration, Public Administration, Communication Sciences, Philosophy, Educational Sciences and Health Sciences. Our research and education in these disciplines revolves around tackling and solving societal challenges. The research programs of BMS are closely linked to the research of the UT institutes Mesa+ Institute for Nanotechnology, TechMed Center and Digital Society Institute.
As an employer, the Faculty of BMS offers work that matters. We equip you to create new possibilities for yourself and for our society. With us, you will become part of a leading technical university with increasing, positive social impact. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial atmosphere, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example through our flexible, adaptable benefits.