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Research Fellow (Gambling Harm)

University of Birmingham - College of Arts and Law

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £34,980 Grade 7
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 1st March 2024
Closes: 27th March 2024
Job Ref: 103332

Salary: As this vacancy has limited funding the maximum salary that can be offered is Grade 7, salary £34,980

Hours: Part Time (15 hours per week)

Contract Type: Fixed Term contract up to April 2025

Closes: 27th March 2024

Since the 2005 Gambling Act came into effect, concern about gambling harm has grown in the UK. In response, many experts call for a whole-systems, public health (PH) approach, involving improved laws and regulations to reduce harms. However, we currently lack systematic evidence on the effectiveness of such legal and regulatory interventions, including in terms of their impacts on health inequalities.

Role Summary

The post holder will be reasonable for working on the first work package (WP) of the project (May 2024, for 12 moths). 

WP1 To describe the effects of interventional public health laws and regulations intended to reduce harms associated with gambling. 

The postholder will undertake a systematic review of literature examining the effects (including the unintended effects) of laws and regulations intended to reduce harms associated with gambling. The literature reviewed will come from multiple disciplines, including law, socio-legal studies, public health, addiction studies, psychology, economics, sociology, and social policy. The literature reviewed will examine, in part, the impacts of gambling laws on health inequalities, to help us better understand which sub-groups benefit most from which types of legal interventions and why. The postholder will work on the systematic review with a research fellow trained in public health, under the supervision of the Co-Principal Investigator (based in Birmingham Law School). Work will mainly involve gathering and reviewing literature according to the systematic review protocol developed by the research team.

Main Duties

The responsibilities will include:

  • Gathering and reviewing evidence, from a range of disciplines including law, on the effects of interventional public health laws and regulations intended to reduce harms associated with gambling, using the systematic review protocol developed by the research team 
  • Working with others to analyse and interpret the results of the evidence review
  • Working with others to presenting the results of the review to non-academic partners (including experts with direct personal experience of gambling harm, charities working on gambling harm, and health organisations). 
  • Presenting research outputs, including drafting academic publications or parts thereof, for example at seminars and as posters
  • Disseminating research findings for publication, research seminars etc

Person Specification

  • A higher degree in law, or a higher degree in another subject with evidence of legal research expertise
  • A strong interest in the component parts of the research topic (public health law; health inequalities; gambling harm) 
  • A strong desire to work as part of an ambitious interdisciplinary team, reviewing evidence from a range of fields
  • A strong interest in working collaboratively with non-academic partners as experts
  • Experience of conducting systematic reviews, under supervision 
  • Ability and willingness to work under supervision and also independently, depending on the stage of the systematic review
  • High level analytical capability

Informal enquiries to Kate Bedford, email: k.bedford@bham.ac.uk

To download the full job description and details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the above ‘Apply’ button.

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