Research Associate (Part-Time)

Cardiff University - The School of Geography and Planning

The School of Geography and Planning at Cardiff University 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 the University of Warwick, 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 assistant will work closely with Professor Mara Miele 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.

Interviews will be held on 25/27 October 2017 (TBC).

This is a part time post (17.5 hours), fixed term for three years.

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world. In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

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