PhD in Living Lab for Precision Dairy Health Technologies

The industry funder and partner is Chordata ( a technology company that has developed an implantable microchip and wearable solution, which will be the first sensor technology to introduce metabolic marker analysis through real time remote monitoring, and analysis of nutrition and fertility markers in dairy and nutrition and stress in beef animals.

The most crucial aspect of a successful technological innovation is understanding and evaluating stakeholders needs. Living Labs methodologies include co-creation of innovations in real-world contexts, by involving multiple stakeholders, with the objective of generating sustainable value for all stakeholders, while focusing on the end-user. These methodologies have been widely used in IoT spaces and can provide user-centric research for prototyping, refining and validating IoT product outcomes. To date the use of these methodologies in the co-creation of precision livestock technologies is still limited.

The aim of this PhD is to understand and evaluate dairy stakeholders needs for the innovative Chordata technology using the Living Lab FormIT methodology which is grounded in the theoretical streams of Soft Systems Thinking (Checkland 1981; Checkland and Scholes 1990), Appreciative Inquiry (Cooperrider and Avital 2004; Norum 2001), and NeedFinding (Patnaik and Becker 1999).

Salary: £15,609 per annum or £21,000 per annum for vet graduates. 3 year PhD studentship.

Closing date: 30/10/2021

Further information can be found here.