Research Assistant/Associate/Fellow in Urban Sustainability: Shanghai, China

University of Nottingham - Sociology & Social Policy

This is an exciting opportunity to join the prestigious Leverhulme Research Programme “Sustaining Urban Habitats: An Interdisciplinary Approach”. The ambitious aim of this programme is to transform our understanding of how sustainable cities, and by extension our species, can be. Our objectives in achievement of this aim are to:

  • Confront and understand the complex interrelated and competing factors influencing urban sustainability.
  • Holistically define, measure and model urban sustainability.
  • Identify pathways to transition developed cities and accommodate growth in developing cities in minimally unsustainable ways.
  • Define policy and governance structures to implement these pathways in practice. 

The successful candidate must be fluent in both Chinese and English languages with an understanding of urban sustainability from a social sciences perspective. They will identify and develop key stakeholders and develop and deliver new pathways towards impact, as well as contribute to the writing of research outputs. We welcome applications from recent PhD graduates and from those who do not hold a PhD but have equivalent research experience and expertise and from those close to PhD graduation, as well as from applicants with postdoctoral experience. 

This is a part-time job (18 hours per week). The role is available for a period of 12 months.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof. Reiner Grundmann ( or Dr Jenni Cauvain ( Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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