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Research Associate - CITP Mapping

Cardiff University - School of Law and Politics

Location: Cardiff
Salary: £39,347 to £44,263 per annum (Grade 6)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 28th November 2023
Closes: 8th January 2024
Job Ref: 17699BR

This position offers an exciting opportunity for a political scientist or legal scholar to join a new multi-million-pound ESRC-funded Research Centre, the Centre for Inclusive Trade Policy (CITP). CITP spans universities across the four UK administrations as well as international partners and brings together interdisciplinary research in trade, economics, politics, political economy and law. It is one of three posts within a suite of collaborative projects run by a team at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) and Cardiff University under CITP’s research theme ‘Negotiating a Turbulent World’ on the governance of UK trade policy.

Working primarily with project leads Dr Viviane Gravey (QUB) and Prof Dan Wincott (Cardiff), the successful candidate for this Research Associate post will take a lead in the following project: Mapping Stakeholder Participation to formal and informal trade bodies on who, how, to what extent stakeholders are involved in the formulation of trade policy. The researcher will contribute to the work of the QUB-Cardiff research team on this project and develop their own research and research skills within it, with support from established team members. In addition, the Research Associate will work with the broader Cardiff-QUB team of PDRAs and co-investigators (Dr Ludivine Petetin, Cardiff and Prof Billy Melo Araujo, QUB). The opportunities for wider collaboration, with which the Research Associate will be expected to engage wherever possible, are around the development and delivery of the broad suite of the Cardiff-QUB CITP joint projects (through co-authoring, collaborating on field work, sharing methodological and subject-based expertise). 

The Mapping stakeholder participation to formal and informal trade bodies aims to evaluate whose voices are heard in making UK trade policy. It contains two main streams of work. First, building on CITP citizen juries (which ran in early 2023) this project will continue work on, and develop, ways for CITP to engage in deliberative exercises and better understand UK public attitudes to trade policy. Second, as part of joint QUB-Cardiff CITP work, the project will identify and compare the format and forum through which a variety of interests (economic, civil society, environment etc.) are represented and heard, using either formal or informal avenues to influence the UK government’s trade policy design. 

Candidates should demonstrate the ability to conduct high quality research in politics, public policy and/or trade law and policy. Clear communication of research in writing and verbally, commensurate with career stage, is a key skill. The candidate should demonstrate the capability to make theoretical and empirical contributions to the Stakeholder Participation project. Candidates should also demonstrate knowledge of the UK system of devolution and the interaction between devolution and UK foreign policy. Qualitative research skills and experience are necessary, experience of quantitative research (survey design and analysis) and/or socio-legal analysis is welcome. The successful candidate will undertake a range of research, knowledge exchange and dissemination activities associated with the project.

Candidates wishing to have an informal discussion in advance of submitting an application should contact Prof Dan Wincott at Wincottd@cardiff.ac.uk.  

This post is full time (35 hours per week), fixed term for 12 months and is available from March 2024.

Salary:  £39,347 - £44,263 per annum (Grade 6).

Closing date: Monday, 8 January 2024

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