Research Associate Ageing and Urban Studies

Heriot-Watt University - School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society

The School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society is seeking to appoint a Research Associate to support an ESRC (Urban Transformations) funded project titled ‘Ageing Well in Urban Environments: Developing Age Friendly Cities and Communities’. 

The aim of the project is to examine the experiences of older adults ageing-in-place across diverse urban contexts in the UK and India using a community-based participatory approach. This proposal will build on earlier ESRC research which captured a significant body of qualitative data applying a range of methods across 6 cities and 18 neighbourhoods in the UK and Brazil - http://placeage.org/en/. The new project will build upon this research through data collection conducted in 3 case study cities and 9 neighbourhoods in India, thereby allowing comparative case study analysis across diverse urban, social and cultural contexts.

The successful candidate will be instrumental in contributing to the academic component of the research, undertaking the critical appraisal/review and synthesis of existing literature, designing new data collection and analysis frameworks (building on previously developed data collection tools) and assisting in the planning and co-ordination of the project across the two countries. The nature and extent of the project will require liaising across two continents, and therefore the candidate must demonstrate excellent communication, interpersonal, team working and organisational skills. 

The research will work closely with partners in India to oversee the collection of primary and secondary data in India, carry out data analysis of existing and new data sets (in both India and the UK), contribute to report writing, oversee the ethical conduct of the research, assist in dissemination and knowledge mobilisation activities including publications, and support project management. The post may require the holder to travel to India and across the UK over the course of the research and will be expected to work in a multidisciplinary team, present at academic conferences, interact with practitioners and publish in leading academic outlets. 

Knowledge and experience of conducting qualitative research is essential, ideally using participatory methods and involving older adults. The post holder will have demonstrable experience of working on successful research projects, with evidence of effective team working and collaboration. A PhD in the area of urban studies, gerontology, environmental psychology, sociology, or a relevant related discipline is essential. The researcher must have experience of conducting research to a high standard, have strong oral and written skills and have experience of interdisciplinary working.  

The post is available for 24 months

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Ryan Woolrych r.d.woolrych@hw.ac.uk, 0131-451-3899

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and ethnic minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts at Heriot-Watt.

For application details and further information please go to: www.hw.ac.uk/apply-jobs

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