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Research Fellow (351349)

University of Strathclyde - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - School of Law

Location: Glasgow
Salary: £41,526
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 4th February 2021
Closes: 4th March 2021
Job Ref: 287769

FTE: 1 (35 hours/week) 
Term: Fixed Term for 30 months

As a Research Fellow, you will engage as an independent researcher in individual and collaborative research, establishing a distinctive programme of research and disseminating results through regular publications in high impact journals, books and conference proceedings.

This research post is to be the lead researcher on the ESRC project Understanding Sexual Violence in Sex Working Populations: Law, Legal Consciousness and Legal Practice in Four Countries. Jane Scoular (Strathclyde), Teela Sanders (Leicester), Gillian Abel, (New Zealand), Barb Brents (Nevada), Graham Ellison (Belfast). Our core question is: How do social, legal, and judicial contexts shape the safety and well-being of people engaging in sex work? In particular, how does context shape experiences of sexual violence? These questions will be addressed through a multi-method study comparing four different legal environments: legalisation (Nevada USA), criminalisation (Northern Ireland), decriminalisation (New Zealand) and partial criminalisation (Great Britain). We will do this through an online survey, interviews with a range of stake holders and sex workers, and case reviews of crimes recently brought to court. We will engage sex work organisations and peers as experts by experience in the design and development of the project, with view to sharing across nations what works, resources and best practice. This project will run from July 2021 for 30 months. Our project website is at

To be considered for the role, you will be educated to a minimum of PhD level in an appropriate discipline or have significant relevant experience in addition to a relevant degree. You will have a strong track record in quantitative skills, including design, administration and analysis and be able to lead this part of the fieldwork across the four sites. You will have an ability to plan and organise research programmes, to ensure successful completion and you will have experience of planning and organising workloads, including the ability to supervise and delegate work. You will have some experience and demonstrable ability to work within a team environment and to lead teams and excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to listen, engage and persuade, and to present complex information in an accessible way to a range of audiences. You will be able to work across partnerships and collaborations particularly in the creation of impacts and dissemination stage.

Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Professor Jane Scoular, Principal Investigator -

Formal interviews for this post are likely to be held on Friday, 19 March 2021.

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