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Insights North East Fellow (Prosperity and Economic Development Theme)

Northumbria University - Faculty of Business and Law

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Salary: £36,382 to £40,927
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 3rd August 2022
Closes: 28th August 2022
Job Ref: BAL/21/13234
 

We are seeking to recruit a post-doctoral research fellow with expertise in the broad area of inclusive growth and economic development to work in the Insights North East project, a collaboration between Northumbria University, Newcastle University and local partners. The role is attached to Northumbria University’s Department of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Strategy.

Insights North East is a £5.5 million pound, three-year project, led by Newcastle University, with Northumbria University, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, North of Tyne Combined Authority (NoTCA), and Newcastle City Council, and over time may expand to include other partners including private sector companies and voluntary and community organisations. The project has received £2.8m from Research England’s Development Fund with the remaining funding from the INE partners. INE aims to build a shared understanding of the knowledge and data within each partner organisation and develop new ways of connecting and interrogating that knowledge base so that regional policymakers can better address the needs of local communities. The project is structured around three policy challenges that align with the expertise in the two universities and align with the priorities of policymakers in the region – improving health and well being, a just transition to net zero, and delivering inclusive growth.

Within each policy challenge, the post-doctoral researcher will work with professorial academic leads and local policy champions to identify policy needs and priorities, locate relevant expertise and data, develop policy briefs and reports, and disseminate to stakeholders. The process will involve considerable co-creation with a range of relevant stakeholders to identify potential policy solutions as well as identifying evidence gaps and the need for new research projects. Some pilot research will also be implemented within the project. Several topics will be examined each year, so this is a project with a broad orientation rather than a detailed focus on one or two research questions. Topics could include issues such as the indicators used for assessing levelling up in the North East, identifying good practice in social enterprise and cooperatives, developing successful innovation ecosystems, or the role of infrastructure in economic growth. The research fellow position is one of several post-doctoral research positions within the cross-disciplinary environment of INE and they will need to work closely with each other, as well as lead academics and partners

Whilst the project is funded only for three years, there is an aim to develop a sustainable model for INE which may lead to further funding. One of the aims of the project is also to develop a series of spin off research projects. Longer term, the vision is for INE to become a National Innovation Centre for Policy, with INE leading to the establishment of a new policy research hub in the North East that will harness the knowledge and expertise of each partner, maximise the opportunities for knowledge transfer and place an evidence-based approach at the centre of policy making across multiple sectors.

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