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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Peace and Conflict Studies

Durham University

Location: Durham
Salary: £34,304 to £36,382
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 13th September 2021
Closes: 27th September 2021
Job Ref: 21000871

The Role

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Peace and Conflict Studies with a particular emphasis on the micro-dynamics of inter-community relations in Lebanon and Northern Ireland. The position is made possible by an ESRC-funded project “Getting on with it: understanding the Micro-Dynamics of Post-Accord Intergroup Social Relations”. Specifically, the post-holder would play a major role in the conduct of primary research in Lebanon and Northern Ireland, as well as associated publication, dissemination and project organisation. The project will employ another Postdoctoral Research Associate based at Bristol who will conduct research in Colombia and Northern Ireland.

The project, that the successful candidate would play a part in, is led by Dr Roddy Brett (at Bristol) and Prof Roger Mac Ginty (at Durham). Employing co-produced research, the project seeks to track and analyse the mechanisms and narratives that indiv iduals, groups and communities employ to address and cope with the legacy of political violence and manoeuvre through everyday post-accord life. By investigating the strategies and tactics former enemies and their constituencies use to navigate everyday post-accord life in collaboration with those affected by conflict, the research will bring original insight into how people sustain or challenge the peace/conflict/violence nexus. The post-holder will be expected to conduct in-country life history interviews, semi-structured interviews, walking ethnographies, fo cus groups, community mapping, and photographic documentation in order to document the narratives, representations and perceptions shaping intergroup relations. The post-holder should have English, French and Arabic proficiency.

All research expenses are covered, and the successful candidate will be funded to attend and present at conferences as well as engage in knowledge exchange activities. The project leads will develop a bespoke programme of professional development for the project PDRAs.

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