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Research Associate in Service Design for Modern Energy Cooking Services

Loughborough University - School of Design & Creative Arts

Location: Loughborough
Salary: £30,942 to £40,322 per annum. Subject to annual pay award.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 16th November 2020
Closes: 15th December 2020
Job Ref: REQ200798

Fixed-term until December 2021

Loughborough University’s School of Design & Creative Arts is seeking to appoint an experienced design researcher who can further understanding of how human centred design can be used to ensure that modern energy cooking services developed for use in the Global South (specifically Kenya) meet the needs of everyday cooks.

The research project (Service Design for MECS – SD4MECS) is a collaboration between Loughborough University’s School of Design & Creative Arts and Geography and is part of the 4-year MECS programme funded by the Department for International Development (DFID). SD4MECS aims to use a Human Centred Design (HCD) approach to understand the needs and aspirations of everyday cooks in specific Global South contexts and empower them as co-creators of innovative modern energy cooking services.

The SDCA Research Associate will analyse existing data collected by other MECS researchers, gather new data through qualitative methods including interviews and workshop-based activities (both remotely and where possible in the field), and use Service Design to develop a ‘MECS Living Lab’ framework that can enable HCD to be adopted and applied at scale across a variety of cultures and MECS contexts.

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Val Mitchell on +44 (0)1509 226967 or e-mail at, or Dr Stuart Cockbill on +44 (0)1509 223587 or e-mail at

Application Closing Date: 15 December 2020.

Please follow this link for details.

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