Project Co-ordinator: Citizen Engagement in Healthy Urban Development

University of the West of England, Bristol - Health & Social Sciences

Fixed-term for 16 months (end date: 31 January 2019).

UWE Bristol is an ambitious university. Together, our people are working hard to advance knowledge, inspire people, and transform futures. We are looking for people with the skills and ambition to help us achieve those aims.

We are a well-established university, with over 27,000 students, 250,000 alumni, and 3,000 staff. Students come to study with us from all over the UK, as well as from 140 different countries around the world, making this a diverse and interesting place to come and study.

Bristol itself is a hub of social and cultural activity. A place with a strong, creative, and fiercely independent mindset. A city with a buzzing music scene, great restaurants, and interesting business ventures. It’s not surprising Bristol is consistently named as one of the best places to live and work in the UK.

The Department of Health and Social Sciences is seeking to appoint a Project Coordinator for an exciting and substantial citizen engagement project in Bristol, which is looking to improve the consideration of citizen health in urban developments.

The project, based at UWE Bristol, involves two parts:

  1. a creative installation in Bristol city centre, involving artistic and other partners:
    a) putting the spotlight on how the urban environment affects citizens’ health, and
    b) prompting debate on how decisions affecting public health are made, particularly when building new urban housing developments;
  2. a functional, interactive web platform, which will yield participant preferences on urban development scenarios, to engage Bristol’s citizens on the possibilities of public health via urban development.

You will be responsible for collaboratively designing, progressing, and delivering the project. This will involve working with researchers to craft messages about how the urban environment affects public health; keeping all relevant parties (research team, media production partners, web development partners, artistic partners, relevant local authorities, evaluator) informed; and managing resources, budget, timescales, and others’ inputs to deliver the project objectives effectively and on time. You will need to be able to work from the site of the installation (in Bristol) when necessary, will be involved in evaluation work of the project, and will be required to produce regular and final reports for the project.

This pioneering public engagement project forms part of Wellcome’s innovative ‘Our Planet, Our Health: a changing world’ scheme, and the post holder will be supported by a team of public health, urban design, and economics researchers at UWE and other universities. As a member of the Science Communication Unit, you will also be able to benefit from up-to-date advice and interaction with a group of colleagues who are operating at the cutting edge of UK-based science communication practice and research.

You will have:

An undergraduate degree in a relevant subject area, or can demonstrate equivalent experience; the ability to understand and communicate scientific research results in a style and form suitable for a public audience.

This post is not available on a job share basis.

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