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Research Associate in Participatory Urban Analytics

University of Glasgow - College of Social Sciences - School of Social and Political Sciences

Location: Glasgow
Salary: £37,474 to £42,155 per annum (Grade 7)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 7th November 2022
Closes: 5th December 2022
Job Ref: 101589

We have an exciting opportunity for a Research Associate to make a leading contribution to the Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC) by working on the IDEAMAPS ecosystem project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The IDEAMAPS project will co-design and develop a participatory data-modelling ecosystem to produce deprived area maps routinely and accurately at scale across cities in lower-middle-income countries (LMIC) to support multiple local stakeholders in their decision-making.

As a Research Associate, you will work with stakeholders and our multidisciplinary team to develop research methods and digital tools to combine artificial intelligence (AI) analysis of Earth Observation (EO) data with community mapping and engagement to improve how we define and understand areas of deprivation (including so-called “slums") in cities. The project will integrate multiple public, official, and community-generated datasets to produce granular surface maps of deprived areas across the pilot cities of Kano and Lagos (Nigeria) and Nairobi (Kenya) in the first phase.

This is an opportunity to develop cutting-edge research with significant societal impact, working closely with Professor João Porto de Albuquerque, Dr Qunshan Zhao and the IDEAMAPS Network (in particular with Dr Dana Thomson and Dr Monika Kuffer from ITC/University of Twente). The job requires expert knowledge in urban analytics, remote sensing and geospatial statistics, as well as substantiated knowledge of machine-learning and AI methods applied to EO geospatial data (e.g., satellite imagery, sensors, street view images), alongside an interest in doing participatory research to tackle social and spatial inequalities.

You will have the opportunity to develop knowledge and theory in relation to a "just" participatory AI framework and a cloud-based modelling workflow that responds to the needs of data contributors and residents of mapped areas. You will play a leading role in the production of research publications and research proposals, as well as contribute to the development of UBDC’s theme on Urban Sustainability and Participation. You will receive structured mentoring and explicit support for career development towards building research skills and experience, which includes helping manage and direct complex and challenging projects, as opportunities allow.

Any further enquiries on this post may be directed to Professor Joao Porto De Albuquerque, Joao.Porto@glasgow.ac.uk

As part of Team UofG you will be a member of a world changing, inclusive community, which values ambition, excellence, integrity and curiosity.

We believe that we can only reach our full potential through the talents of all. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our values. Applications are particularly welcome from across our communities and in particular people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented within the University. Read more on how the University promotes and embeds all aspects of equality and diversity within our community www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/humanresources/equalitydiversity.

We endorse the principles of Athena Swan www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/humanresources/equalitydiversity/athenaswan and hold bronze, silver and gold awards across the University.

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