Research Associate (Planning for ECO-Urbanisation in China)

The University of Manchester - School of Environment, Education and Development

Closing Date : 12/12/2016
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Duration : Available from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2018
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Humanities
School/Directorate : School of Environment, Education and Development
Division : Planning and Environmental Management
Hours Per week : Full Time
Salary : Starting salary £31,076 per annum
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Job Reference : HUM-09153

Project Title: ‘Eco-Urbanisation: promoting sustainable development in metropolitan regions of China’, Funded by ESRC.

As Research Associate you will assist in delivering the University of Manchester work packages. You will also undertake research tasks under the supervision of Professor Cecilia Wong to deliver the projects objectives. You will be required to work on various aspects of the project, particularly on compiling and analysing quantitative data in relation to the study on how to develop an ecological approach of urban planning; managing the bi-lingual project website; assisting with the mapping of Chinese policy documents and GIS visualisation analysis; and conducting fieldwork and workshops in China.

Essential criteria for this post:

  • A PhD (or equivalent) in environmental planning, environmental geography or spatial planning.
  • A firm command of the relevant planning theories and development on sustainable development, economic development, urbanisation, and urban planning and governance in China and internationally.
  • Proven competence in conducting quantitative statistical analysis including proficient use of social statistics packages such as SPSS and excel.
  • Experience or aptitude of using GIS software such as ArcGIS.
  • A good knowledge of contemporary spatial development, urban and planning policy and history of China.
  • Fluent in both English and Mandarin Chinese (written, oral and reading).
  • Good communications skills.

As the School is committed to Athena SWAN principles, we welcome applications from women, who are currently under-represented at this grade. All appointments will be made on merit.

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CV's or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Professor Cecilia Wong


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 01565 818 234

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date

Further particulars including job description and person specification are available on the University of Manchester website - click on the 'Apply' button below to find out more.

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