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PhD in Interdisciplinary Digital Knowledge Economy Studies

Members of the LINK teaching and research team supervise Wits Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) candidates in the field of Interdisciplinary Digital Knowledge Economy Studies -- for candidates seeking to conduct in-depth research into elements and dynamics of the digital knowledge economy.

Before commencing the application process, each prospective student must submit evidence of previous research writing, and a detailed research concept paper (including research problem statement, foundational literature review, and indication of research methodology), to LINK Centre Short Course and Degree Coordinator Nokhanyo Yolwa at Only upon receipt of LINK Centre written approval of these two documents should the prospective student proceed with the application.

Where applicable, students are expected to adhere to the South African San Institute's San Code of Research Ethics.

Course entry requirements and registration details.

LINK PhD graduates' successful theses:

Research by current LINK PhD students:

  • Nadia Bulbulia: Plurality and Diversity in the Transition from Broadcasting to Audio and Audiovisual Content Services (AAVCS) in South Africa, 2012-2023
  • Mark Burke: Rethinking Identity, Privacy and Citizenship in Public Service Digitalisation
  • Ndumiso Dana: Intersections between Technology and Sustainability at Community Radio Stations in Eastern Cape Province, South Africa
  • Ditshego Magoro: Investigating Cultural Knowledge Systems, Mandhwane and Mind Mobilisation for Rural Communities in the Digital Era
  • Johanna Mavhungu: Critical Analysis of Contours of Film and Television Industries' Convergence in South Africa
  • Gerhard Petrick: Competing Spectrum  Demands  for  Broadcast and Mobile  Services in the  Ultra-High-Frequency  Band  in SADC
  • Peace Tusingwire: A Critical Examination of the Academics' Pedagogical Practices and the Role of the Social Shaping of Technologies in Higher Education in Uganda