Research Fellow in the Community Value of Traditional Retail Markets

University of Leeds - Faculty of Environment - School of Geography

Contract Type: Fixed Term (30 months due to external funding, available from January 2018)

Due to funding restrictions it is unlikely that we will be able to offer above spine point 33 (£35,550 p.a.)

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a background in human geography, planning or social sciences? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities?

You will work with a team of researchers and practitioners in the UK looking to critically investigate and enhance the community value of Traditional Retail Markets (TRM). By TRM we refer to indoor or outdoor, permanent or itinerant gatherings of sellers and buyers of which there are more than 1,200 in the UK with 32,000 traders. Although TRM play an important role in towns and cities across the UK, particularly for vulnerable communities looking for affordable food and workspaces, a variety of pressures are putting their social, cultural and economic value under threat. 

The research team is led by Dr Sara Gonzalez in Leeds with co-Investigators Prof Sophie Watson at the Open University, the New Economics Foundation and the trade association NMTF. The team combines critical urban studies scholars with retail geographers, practitioners in community economics and a national trade association. Within this team, you will primarily be involved in the user engagement strategy, networking with stakeholders and community groups across the UK and disseminating research findings in a non-academic format.

You will have significant experience in qualitative research, working with a variety of stakeholders, a developing track record of high impact publications, excellent communication skills and an understanding of the current situation and pressures affecting urban spaces. 

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Associate Professor Sara Gonzalez

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 6639, email

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