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RA in Landscape Architecture: Children, Young People and Nature Activism

University of Sheffield - Department of Landscape Architecture

Location: Sheffield
Salary: £34,304 per annum pro-rata
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 22nd September 2021
Closes: 20th October 2021
Job Ref: UOS030170

Contract Type: Fixed term (1/12/2021 for 15 months)

Working Pattern: 0.8 FTE

Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences

Department: Department of Landscape Architecture


The Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Sheffield is seeking to recruit a post-doctoral research associate to work on a funded research project: Voices of the future: Collaborating with children and young people to re-imagine treescapes. This substantive research project is situated with the NERC ‘Future of UK Treescapes’ programme, led by Manchester Metropolitan University in collaboration with the universities of Sheffield, Aberdeen, Birmingham, Middlesex and Cumbria. The aim of this project is to integrate children and young people's (CYP) knowledge, experiences, and hopes with scientific knowledge of how trees adapt to and mitigate climate change in order to co-produce new approaches to creating and caring for resilient treescapes that benefit the environment and society.

This post is attached to Workpackage 1 within the project. The aim of this workpackage will be to map and evaluate the ethos, activities, structure and impact of organisations and initiatives in the UK which seek to engage young people, with a focus on inclusion of young people from commonly marginalised backgrounds. The findings of this evaluation will inform shared understandings of what constitutes genuine, effective and sustained inclusion and power for Children and Young People (CYP) with regard to changing UK treescapes. The scope of the review and evaluation is cross-sector, including initiatives which aim to a) increase access and connection to nature by CYP from Black, Asian and other minoritised groups b) involve CYP in landscape/urban planning and place change (local and regional) c) support the scientifical literacy and awareness, advocacy and activism (including climate activism) of CYP within and alongside the environmental sector. The project also acts as a means of connecting the wider research project to the UK context of current practice and inform the Knowledge Exchange priorities of the research.

We require a Postdoctoral Research Associate to be a key member of the project team and work closely with the Co-Investigator Dr Clare Rishbeth, as well as team members and partners across the academic institutions, industry, community and public sector bodies to deliver the research outcomes of the project. The successful candidate will be a talented early-career researcher with expertise in transdisciplinary qualitative research with young people, ideally also with research or professional experience relating to third sector, community or activist groups. We are keen to find someone who is strongly committed to inclusive, antiracist methodological processes, to meaningful engagement across disciplines and sectors, and to the integration of social and environmental impacts of research activity.

The Department of Landscape Architecture has an active community of research fellows, post- doctoral research associates and PhD students working alongside our academic and professional services staff. Our website offers more information about all aspects of the department’s activity. Please see

The university has an extensive programme of support in place for its early career researchers ( and supports the principles of The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers (

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