Research Fellow (80803-087)

University of Warwick - Department of Sociology

0.5 FTE Fixed Term Position until 31 December 2020 

The Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick invites applications for a researcher to work on a Leverhulme Trust-funded project entitled ‘Shaping Inter-species Connectedness: Training Cultures and the Emergence of New Forms of Human-Animal Relations, led by Professor Nickie Charles (PI University of Warwick) and Professor Mara Miele (Co-I Cardiff University). This is one of two 0.5 FTE posts, the other being at Cardiff University, and is available from 1 January 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter, for a fixed-term of 3 years.

This inter-disciplinary research project investigates different forms of human-animal connectedness and the way they are shaped by different training cultures; it takes dog training as a particular example. The research is situated in the context of the emergence of new forms of human-animal relations, an increase in pet keeping in western societies, and a shift in training practices from obedience training involving correction to training relying on positive reinforcement. The main research method is multi-species ethnography to be undertaken in 5 different training cultures.

The Research Fellow will work closely with Professor Nickie Charles and the other members of the research team, taking a leading role in conducting qualitative research for the project. This will involve: collecting and cataloguing training materials, carrying out in-depth interviews, observing human-animal interaction and making visual records (both still and moving) of training events as well as coding and analysing the data gathered. They will participate fully as a member of the research team including opportunities for conference presentations and joint publications emerging from the project.

Skills/Experience required:

  • A PhD in a relevant discipline, e.g. Sociology, Social Anthropology, Human Geography, (awarded or near completion).
  • Demonstrated qualitative methods training and skills including ethnographic methods, visual methods and interviewing experience.
  • An ability to act as an independent researcher and as part of a team.
  • Evidence of a clear research agenda in human-animal studies.

The interviews for the post at Warwick will be held on 26 October 2017 (at Warwick).

For an informal conversation about this role, please contact Professor Nickie Charles ( or Professor Mara Miele (

Full details of the duties and selection criteria for this role are found in the vacancy advert on the University of Warwick jobs page. You will be routed to this when you click on the Apply button below.

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