There are 2 short research assistant / project summer internship posts at University of Edinburgh in the EPSRC Fixing the Future project.

This project is exploring the challenges posed by the design of consumer Internet of Things (IoT), particularly in relation to planned obsolescence, lack of sustainability and repairability, and issues around current IoT business models of data harvesting and poor cybersecurity which further feed into redundancy of IoT.

Our work seeks to envision how to redress these issues by examining the legal landscape, setting up a repair shop for citizens to bring in devices, creating blueprints and patterns from prototype improved IoT interfaces, and developing a toolkit targeted towards manufacturers, citizens, and policymakers.

These internships are focused on using creative methods to help develop new tools to help understand the relationships between design and regulation of IoT systems. One is looking developing a set of Right to Repair ideation cards and the other seeks to visualise the life cycle of IoT devices and how governance frameworks impact this at different points.

More details on these posts are here and for any queries please contact Dr Lachlan Urquhart.