Research Associate – City Knowledge Co-Production Knowledge In Action For Urban Equality

University College London

The Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU) at University College London (UCL) is an international centre specialising in academic teaching, practical training, research and consultancy in the fields of urban and regional development and planning. It is concerned with promoting sustainable forms of development, understanding rapid urbanisation and encouraging innovation in the policy, planning and management responses to the economic, social and environmental development of cities and regions, especially in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.

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. 

The post holder will work in the Work Package entitled ‘City Knowledge Co-production”, that will focus on 6 cities in Africa (Sierra Leone, Kampala and Dar es Salaam), Asia (Colombo) and Latin America (Lima and Havana). KNOW will be delivered in partnership with 11 institutions in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the UK, where it is engaged with academic institutions as well as local community-based organisations.  The project follows a methodology of knowledge co-production, combining traditional quantitative and qualitative methods with processes that integrate the knowledge of urban practitioners and communities through participatory and co-design workshops.

The appointment will be made for 48 months 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.

Key Requirements

The post holder will have PhD or equivalent in a relevant area (e.g. urban studies, development studies, human geography, development planning, African/Asian or Latin America studies). They will have quantitative and qualitative research skills or willingness to develop them under the PI and Lead Co-I’s guidance. They will have evidence of ability to successfully co-ordinate and prioritise varied workload within deadlines and work independently both your own and teams varied workload within deadlines.

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.

Further Details

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

Interview: 20th December, 10.00 to 13.00

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

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