Research Assistant / Associate:Spatial Inequality In Times Of Urban

University College London - The Bartlett Development Planning Unit

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 6. The salary range will be Grade 6b £30,316 - £31,967 per annum or Grade 7 £34,635 - £41,864 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

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 research assistant / associate is required to work in a project consortium consisting of Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) of Erasmus University (Rotterdam), the DPU and IPE Tripleline. The lead agency of the consortium is IHS.

The proposed research investigates ways in which institutions influence urban inequality and, more specifically, how the institution of complex land markets (CLM) impacts on spatial justice. Although shaped by power relationships and imbalances between different actors, land markets have the potential to operate more effectively in broad public interest. The interventions that we intend to further investigate include, but are not limited to, promoting transparency of transactions, open data, building trust and prioritization of social functions in land-use.

The post is funded for 12 month in the first instance. Further funding to support the post may be available.

The successful applicant at Grade 6b must have MSc level degree in the field of urban development, urban planning or other subject related to the research. The applicant must have experience in fieldwork research and be able to travel to Uganda, Somaliland and other countries as required. Also must have excellent English writing and communication skills, including attention to detail.

Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD or have relevant equivalent experience; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at research assistant Grade 6b with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD. In addition, the applicant must have experience of land management, land markets and/or land tenure in African countries and have experience of working with spatial, quantitative, and qualitative data.

UCL vacancy reference:  1712068     

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below.

Informal enquires about the post may be made to Dr. Colin Marx, Development Planning Unit, Tel. +44 20 3108 5414 or email . Enquiries about the application process and/or the Development Planning Unit may be addressed to Nkenji Okpara, Departmental Manager ( ), tel: +44 20 7679 1117.  Please also consult the DPU website at for further details on DPU.

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23.59.

Interview Date: TBC

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