Research Assistant

University of Leicester - Department of Geography

College of Science and Engineering

Department of Geography

Fixed term contract to 31 August 2018

Together our staff and students are discovering innovative ways to change the world for the better and there has never been a more exciting time for you to join us. We are ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide and have an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. We are led by discovery and innovation, with the synergy between research and learning at the core of our activity.

In this role you will conduct research on an ESRC-funded project that will deliver the first in-depth examination of the cross-national geographies of both the concept and phenomenon of rural gentrification, through an integrated comparative study of the theory, forms and dynamics of gentrification across rural France, UK and USA. The project will investigate the salience of rural gentrification as a concept that is capable of explaining rural change in France, the UK and the USA. The project draws upon the concept of 'sociologies of translation' to understand past and current uses of the term rural gentrification within academic, policy and popular discourses, and will develop an asset-based theorisation of the processes of rural gentrification in areas of the UK, France and USA.

The focus of this post will be on the analysis of use of the term gentrification in academic, policy and popular literatures and the conduct of in-depth empirical case studies in the UK using questionnaire surveys, interviews and focus groups. The post will involve working with Professor Darren Smith and a research assistant at the Department of Geography at the University of Loughborough, as well as interaction with staff involved in the research project in France and USA.

With experience and demonstrable competence in field research, you will have knowledge of using computer assistive qualitative analysis software such as NVivo. You will also be able to evidence quality research output or strong research potential.

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Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Professor Martin Phillips on

The closing date for this post is midnight on 5 June 2017.

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