Research Associate – Multiplying Translocal Learning In Higher Education Knowledge In Action For Urban Equality

University College London - Development Planning Unit

Based in DPU’s vibrant hive of activity, a full time post-doctoral research assistant is required to work in a new Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) project on transformative approaches to urban equality and developing the next generation of urban researchers. The 4-year project, ‘Knowledge in Action for Urban Equality (KNOW)’’, is funded by ESRC under the Global Challenge Research Fund call, ‘Growing Research Capability to Meet the Challenges Faced by Developing Countries’. The GCRF is a 5-year £1.5Bn fund and a key component in the delivery of the UK Aid Strategy. Led by Professor Caren Levy at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL, KNOW is an international project aimed at delivering transformative research and capacity for innovation in policy and planning that will promote urban equality. KNOW is guided by the aspiration to produce more equal cities, focusing on three challenges: delivering prosperity, tackling extreme poverty and building resilient cities.

The post holder will work in the Work Package entitled "Multiplying Translocal Learning in Higher Education", that focuses on developing learning programmes in multiple locations across different target groups ranging from students and faculty in educational institutions, to government officials and community organisations. These locations will be selected from among the KNOW City Programmes in Africa (Sierra Leone, Kampala and Dar es Salaam), Asia (Colombo) and Latin America (Lima and Havana).

The appointment will be made for 48 months in the first instance, in the UCL Research Associate scheme and will initially be paid on salary grade 7, point 29. We expect the applicant to commence on the 1st of January 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The post holder will have PhD or equivalent in a relevant area (e.g. urban studies, development studies, development planning, organisational development, education in international development and global learning, African/Asian or Latin America studies). They will have strong interdisciplinary analytical skills and capacity in managing and organising information, and writing up data. They will have the ability to exercise initiative and operate independently and proven experience of working in a research environment and complete research projects

The post holder will also have excellent organisational skills and a flexible approach to working as part of a team that is both interdisciplinary and operating from several locations around the world.

To apply for the vacancy please click on the ‘Apply' button below.

Informal enquires about the post may be made to Prof Caren Levy, Development Planning Unit by email:  tel. 020 7679 1111. Enquiries about the application process and/or the Development Planning Unit may be addressed to Nkenji Okpara, Departmental Manager (, tel: 020 7679 1117.

Applicants may also wish to look at the DPU web site at

UCL Taking Action for Equality
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