We have an exciting opportunity in the Urban Institute for a social science researcher with experience in working with communities to achieve more progressive and sustainable cities.

You will join an interdisciplinary team in the ‘Realising Just Cities’ programme, a suite of projects and activities designed to bridge knowledge and action to advance citizen participation, and social, ecological and spatial justice in cities. You will be institutionally-based in Sheffield with the expectation that much of your time will be spent in Sheffield with some attendance at meetings in Greater Manchester.

You will work as a Research Associate, supporting three separate but related projects. The first project is ‘Self-Organising Action for Food Equity’ (SAFE) which examines how self-organising social networks underpinned by digital infrastructures can support increased participation in initiatives to enhance food quality, affordability and accessibility in low income communities. The second project ‘Implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and New Urban Agenda (NUA)’ considers how local authorities and other relevant city actors within Sheffield interpret, facilitate, analyse and monitor international urban-related targets and indicators over time, and how they engage with their respective regional and national government institutions in relation to these global initiatives. The third project is ‘Just Sheffield’ which consists of background reviews, baseline studies, events and network activities to support work to realise just cities in the Sheffield city-region.

You will work with relevant academic and non-academic partners to synthesise a range of knowledge forms through a variety of activities including desk-based reviews, literature reviews, interviews, learning visits to community-led initiatives around the UK, and convening talks, workshops and other knowledge exchange events. You should have a PhD in a relevant area of urban studies (or have equivalent experience).

This role requires excellent qualitative research skills, as well as high level communication, team-working and project management skills. Existing expertise in food initiatives, knowledge co-production and exchange, and embeddedness within the Sheffield context will be a distinct advantage.

The Urban Institute (UI) is a major new research initiative which draws together world class researchers from a wide variety of academic disciplines in science, technology and the social sciences in a mission to stimulate new thinking and action about our shared urban future. If you are passionate about making cities work better for people, we would love to hear from you.

We are committed to exploring flexible working opportunities which benefit the individual and University.

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

We build teams of people from different heritages and lifestyles whose talent and contributions complement each other to greatest effect. We believe diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact through research, teaching and student experience.

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For informal enquiries about this job and the recruiting department, contact: Nick Taylor Buck on n.taylor-buck@sheffield.ac.uk or on 0114 222 8397

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