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Research Fellow in Governing Energy-Mobility Transitions

University of Sussex - University of Sussex Business School / Science Policy Research Unit

Location: Falmer
Salary: £37,467 to £50,296 per annum (grade 7/8)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 4th October 2021
Closes: 26th October 2021
Job Ref: 6934

Hours: Full time. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need)

Contract: fixed term for 2 years
Salary: starting at £37,467 to £40,927 per annum at Grade 7, or starting at £42,149 to £50,296 per annum at Grade 8

Closing date:  26 October 2021.   Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date: First week of November 2021
Expected start date: 1 February 2022 (with some flexibility) 

The Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), within the University of Sussex Business School, is seeking to appoint a Research Fellow to work with Professor Karoline Rogge on the European Research Council project ‘Governing sustainable energy-mobility transitions: multi-level policy mixes, transformative capacities and low-carbon innovations’ (EMPOCI). EMPOCI will investigate how low-carbon transitions can be accelerated in the increasingly interconnected energy and mobility systems. We are looking for a candidate with a political science background, strong quantitative skills and knowledge of (energy-)mobility transitions.

Within this project, the Research Fellow will collaborate with Prof Rogge and 2 PhD students to jointly develop, apply and refine an interdisciplinary analytical framework bridging innovation/transition studies and policy studies to investigate interconnected and contested multi-sectoral deep transition processes in the energy-mobility-system. The Research Fellow will be responsible for conducting qualitative and quantitative empirical research in the USA (California), which is one of the four countries studied within EMPOCI  – including one year of fieldwork in the US in the first year. In addition, the Research Fellow will co-lead (together with the PI) the multi-actor survey analysis. The Research Fellow will also contribute to dissemination and stakeholder engagement activities.

Applications at either Research Fellow I level, or Research Fellow II level, are welcome.

Essential criteria for the post are:

  1. PhD in Innovation, Transitions and/or Policy Studies, or similar fields.
  1. Excellent knowledge of various theories of the policy process (e.g. advocacy coalitions framework, policy feedback theory, policy coordination and integration) and demonstrated ability to apply these to investigate the politics of sustainability transition processes.
  1. Strong expertise in qualitative case study research with organisational actors, such as from business, policy, academia and/or society (e.g. theoretical sampling, conducting interviews, computer-assisted analysis of transcripts aiming at theory-building).
  1. Sectoral knowledge of energy-mobility systems, preferably covering the interconnecting electricity-mobility-ICT systems in the US and California.
  1. Political knowledge of e-mobility and related policies, policy processes and/or institutional arrangements in the USA and California.
  1. Expertise in quantitative research methods, in particular regarding survey design, conduction and advanced multi-variate regression analysis.

Informal enquires can be made with Professor Karoline Rogge ( )

For full details and how to apply see our vacancies page 

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