Research Associate

University of Sheffield - Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Contract Type: Fixed term for 12 Months

Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences

The Department of Urban Studies and Planning is a global leader in urban studies research and teaching. In recent years the department has undergone a period of expansion in staff numbers and we have ambitious plans for future development across the full range of our activities.

We are seeking an enthusiastic and dynamic post-doctoral researcher to join an Economic and Social Research Council funded project on urban development in Africa. The project will explore the multiple ways in which ‘new’ donors and investors, particularly the Chinese government and related actors, are engaging with African cities in the context of rapid urban growth.

Working alongside Dr Tom Goodfellow, you will play a key part in the field research on the project, with core tasks including key informant interviewing; gathering government and investment data and analysing policy documents. Experience of fieldwork in the Global South and qualitative research methodologies is therefore an essential requirement. You will have or be very close to completing a PhD in a relevant subject area. Knowledge of African urban processes and Mandarin language proficiency are also highly desirable.

The post will involve c.4 months working in Africa (predominantly in Ethiopia and Uganda), as well as potentially a visit to China. When not based in field research countries, you will be based in the UK and will assist in organising field activities, reviewing literature and analysing data. There will also be opportunities to be involved in academic writing and project dissemination activities.

This post is fixed-term for 12 months. The closing date for applications is 23 May 2017. Our reference number is UOS016047.

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