Smart Farming’ in Ireland: WALSH FELLOWSHIP

TEAGASC PHD WALSH FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY
‘Smart Farming’ in Ireland: A user-centred approach to understanding farmers’ engagement with digital technologies
 
Background
Smart Farming (‘digital farming’ or ‘digital agriculture’) involves the use of smart, connected machines and sensors which generate huge amounts of farm data that can be used to inform more timely and accurate decision-making at farm level and beyond. Farms of the future are envisioned to be shaped by advances in information and communication technologies – including for example, robotics and sensor-based technologies, smart machines, big data, Internet of Things and cloud computing. The project will aim to empower farmers’ in their engagement with digital technologies. Established behavioural theories will be used to develop a thorough understanding of farmers’ motivations to engage with digital technologies. The researcher will explore farmers’ decision-making around digital technologies, identifying the impact of individual psychological constructs (e.g. attitudes, motivation and cognition), social and cultural practices, and the surrounding environment and social relationships (e.g. the role of extension and knowledge transfer).The researcher will be part of a cross-programme team in Teagasc building scientific expertise in a rapidly growing area applying a social and behavioural lens to Smart Farming. There will be opportunities for the researcher to connect with European and International projects and networks working in this space.
 
Requirements
A good primary degree (First-/Second-Class Honours) or MSc in appropriate discipline (Agricultural Science, Sociology, Psychology, Social Science, Rural Development, Geography or similar).
 
Award
In the first year, course work will be undertaken at UCD. Thereafter, the researcher will be based in the School of Agriculture and Food Science, UCD or Teagasc Research Centre, Athenry, Co. Galway. The Fellowship will start on 1st of September 2019. The fellowship funding is €22,000 per annum and includes University fees of up to a maximum of €6,000 per annum and is tenable for 4 years.
 
Further Information
Dr Tomás Russell, School of Agriculture and Food Science, University College Dublin, tomas.russell@ucd.ie
Dr Áine Regan, Rural Economy and Development Programme, Teagasc , aine.regan@teagasc.ie
 
Application Procedure
Submit an electronic copy of Curriculum Vitae and a letter of interest to: agribus.ruraldev@ucd.ie. The closing date is 31st May 2019.
 
Walsh Fellowship Ref Number 2019013

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