University of Dundee - Geography and Environmental Science

Part Time (50%) Fixed Term (24 Months)

Applications are invited for a Researcher on a two-year ESRC-funded project, ‘Reclaiming social care: Adults with learning disabilities seizing opportunities in the shift from day services to community lives’. The project will investigate how people with learning disabilities in the UK are remaking care and support, in the context of reduced day service provision. There is anecdotal evidence of the emergence of innovative peer-led ‘self-build’ networks and sites, providing new opportunities for social inclusion for people with learning disabilities, and their families and supporters. However, little is known about their extent and activities. The project will, for the first time, examine these networks in detail including the informal learning involved.

You will work as part of a team of academics and researchers, based at the Universities of Dundee and Southampton. The role will involve undertaking a literature review, ethnographic research (including interviews and observation) in two case-study sites in Scotland – Glasgow and Angus – data analysis, report writing and dissemination. There will be the opportunity to co-author academic journal articles and present at academic conferences.

Summary of Skills, Experience and Qualifications

You will have a PhD or near completion of a PhD in a relevant subject, experience in disability and/or social care research, and have strong qualitative methods skills. You will have some experience of working with non-academic partners, be an excellent communicator with very good organisational skills. You will have the ability to work independently and as part of a UK-wide team and have a willingness to travel within Scotland (plus a few visits to our partner site in England).

You will be based in Dundee, and supervised by Dr Ed Hall (Geography).

You will be required to be a member of the PVG scheme and not barred from working with children and/or protected adults

If the successful candidate does not have a PhD or equivalent experience in a relevant area, appointment will be made to Training Grade 7 (currently £28,098 - £30,688).

College / School / Directorate Information

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Ed Hall via email: or telephone 01382 388073.

Additional Information

The University of Dundee is a diverse community and is committed to equality of opportunity for all by providing a supportive, flexible and inclusive working environment. We have family friendly policies (including flexible working and childcare vouchers), staff groups for LGBT and BME; and prayer room facilities.

The University of Dundee has received the Athena SWAN Bronze Award (Athena Swan) which recognises the promotion of gender equality and has made further commitment to advancing inclusive culture which supports and encourages all under-represented groups.

The University of Dundee is a Scottish Registered Charity, No. SC015096.

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