7th PhD Seminar

Announcement and Call for Papers

7th PhD Seminar of the International Telecommunications Society
San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain
27th – 28th June 2015

Meet the Experts!
The International Telecommunications Society (ITS) is an association of academics and other professionals in the information, communications, and technology sectors. Its network of researchers comprises outstanding scholars in the field of telecommunications research that are well known from the literature (see www.itsworld.org).

In order to share the valuable expertise represented by specialised academics and industry experts with younger researchers, the ITS has decided to organise a PhD seminar.

Not more than 12 students will be selected from the responses to this call. In accordance with the topics presented by the winning candidates, experts from the ITS network will be chosen to discuss new ideas brought forward by PhD students. The focus will be on the discussion of ideas presented by the participants, and less on the mere presentation of papers. Papers presented at the seminar will be advised for refereed submission in Telecommunications Policy.

Please note that in order to be most effective, the discussion will be based on full (draft) papers. Only in exceptional cases extended abstracts (min. 8 pages) will be accepted for submission.

The seminar will be linked with the European Regional Conference of the ITS to be held at the same location before the PhD seminar. Access to this conference will be free of charge for the participants of the PhD seminar (see www.itseurope.org ).

The seminar will be organised by ITS and Chalmers University of Technology. It will be held in Spain.
Successful participants will receive a certificate from the International Telecommunications Society. The Ph.D. seminar is eligible for 5 ECTS credits, after approval of a revised paper, and successful participation in the seminar.
Participation is free of charge. PhD students whose paper has been selected for presentation will receive a subsidy of 500€ to cover accommodation and travel expenses.

Call for Papers
Papers can be submitted for presentation and discussion related to the following topics:

Regulation of telecommunication markets:
punktblauRegulatory regimes and institutions
punktblauRegulatory response to market dynamics
punktblauUpdating theoretical insights for better regulation
punktblauCurrent regulatory problems at the European, international and national levels
punktblauRegulating mobile services: justification, necessity, solutions

Challenges of convergence of telecommunication systems and content supply
Supply chain configurations: the roles of telcos, content providers and intermediaries
Regulatory problems of converging markets
Internet Governance

Development of telecommunication markets:
punktblauInternationalisation of markets through mergers and FDI
punktblauTechnology driven vs. regulation or user driven markets
punktblauEmerging markets

Telecommunications and Society
punktblauPrivacy issues
punktblauData security
punktblauDigital divide
punktblauAccess to content

Social Media and Internet
punktblauSocial media trends: business models or community building
punktblauEmpirical Evidence
punktblauCloud Computing: opportunities and risks

This list is not exclusive. Other topics in the field of telecommunications are also welcome.
If you are interested in attending the seminar, could you please send a (non-binding) expression of interest to Erik Bohlin and Brigitte Preissl as soon as possible.

Please send your full paper together with a CV to
Erik Bohlin at erik.bohlin@chalmers.seand to
Brigitte Preissl at b.preissl@zbw.eu
within the deadline given below.

Important dates
Deadline for the submission of papers:  15 March 2015
Response by:  15 April 2015
Final paper to be submitted by:  1 June 2015


Professor Erik Bohlin
Telecommunications PolicyDepartment of Technology Management and Economics
Chalmers University of Technology
S-412 96 Göteborg, SwedenPhone: +46-(0)31-772-1000
Fax: +46-(0)31-772-3784
E-Mail: erik.bohlin@chalmers.se
Dr Brigitte Preissl
IntereconomicsGerman National Library of Economics (ZBW)
Neuer Jungfernstieg 21
20354 Hamburg, GermanyPhone: +49 (0)40 4 28 34-306/-307
Fax: +49 (0)40 4 28 34-262
E-Mail: b.preissl@zbw.eu