Virtual Worlds

Opportunity without funding
Closing date No closing date

Subject(s)Arts, Law, Social Sciences.

DegreeDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)

SupervisorDr Nick Munn

About this opportunity

Nick Munn and Dan Weijers have an ongoing research project broadly focused on virtual worlds.

In particular, we are interested in what kinds of things people are actually doing, when they act in virtual spaces. This has implications for a range of issues: Are friendships we make or pursue online as valuable as friendships in person? Are friendships with AI valuable in the same way as friendships with other humans? How ought we to consider the value of friendships in virtual spaces?

The project also has implications for our online behaviour more generally: are virtual actions meaningfully real, and if so, how do they differ from physical actions? Can we ascribe moral value to our virtual actions in ways that translate simply from physical action?

Unfunded vacancy

If you are selected for this vacancy and you are successful in being admitted to the Doctoral programme at the University of Waikato, you will need to cover all costs yourself or via a scholarship that is independent of this vacancy.


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