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Research Associate in Urban Mobility

University of Oxford - School of Geography and the Environment

Location: Oxford
Salary: £32,236 to £39,609 Grade 7, p.a
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 25th March 2019
Closes: 24th April 2019
Job Ref: 140074

School of Geography and the Environment, South Parks Road, Oxford

Grade 7: £32,236 - £39,609 p.a.

We are seeking a Research Associate to join an international cohort of postdoctoral scholars within the PEAK Urban project, which is a 4-year, international, multidisciplinary Global Challenge Research Fund programme.

You will work on a project focused on the effects of transport infrastructure that are widely considered to be ‘pro-poor’ (e.g. bus rapid transit, cable cars) on the everyday lives of vulnerable social groups in the city, such as the elderly, the disabled and single women in poor and/or informal neighbourhoods. The project will work with the concept of accessibility and reconceptualise this to reflect local perceptions and experiences of constraints on mobility and everyday practices. The ambition is to develop a knowledge co-production approach to research and modelling in which a small group of citizens will be trained as co-researchers who will play a prominent role in data collection, taking decisions in the modelling process, and interpretation of results.

The main duties are to develop theoretically informed, empirical grounded research on the effects of pro-poor urban transport infrastructure on the everyday lives of people in vulnerable groups in the population of a Colombian city.

The successful candidate must hold or be close to completion of a PhD in transport studies, geography, urban studies, public health or related fields. You must have excellent skills in the modelling of accessibility and/or travel behaviour, as well as in GIS. You will have in-depth understanding of different theoretical approaches to the study of the accessibility, everyday mobilities, and everyday life in the city. A good research and publication record, judged by the candidate’s career stage is essential. You will have an in-depth understanding of Columbian society and the country’s largest cities including a language competence to work in Columbia.

This position is available immediately and it is fixed-term for 24 months.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement as part of your online application. Informal inquiries can be directed towards Dr Tim Schwanen (

The closing date for applications is 12:00 noon on Wednesday 24 April 2019, and interviews will be held on 2 May 2019.

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