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Research Fellow

Stockholm Environment Institute at York
Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
38,183 - 46,924 a year
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Role Description

The Stockholm Environment Institute, in Environment Department at the University of York, is seeking a Research Fellow to spearhead an interdisciplinary action research project in Vanuatu.

The post holder will spend up to six months a year in Vanuatu, running a novel innovation process that will draw together marginalised communities, national policy stakeholders, and international scientists and engineers to co-design water monitoring technologies. In partnership with Oxfam in Vanuatu, the post holder will work intensively with rural and urban communities in four settings in Vanuatu, applying knowledge of participatory action research approaches designed to secure a central role for communities in the specification and testing of new technology.   You will participate actively in the planning, management and running of the research project, contributing to/leading on the production of research outputs and research outcomes; leading liaison with project partners; leading and supervising the work of a team of research assistants and providing expert advice and guidance.

You will need academic and practical experience to navigate multiple barriers to shared learning across and within institutional and epistemological boundaries, drawing out lessons for how science and technology can better serve the interests of poor and marginalised communities globally. Candidates will need to demonstrate that they have knowledge of participatory action research techniques and methodologies in a developing country setting. In particular, candidates will need experience of working intensively with communities in developing country settings, ideally in Melanesia.  The post requires a post-graduate degree in development, geography, politics, science and technology studies or a related discipline and a PhD in a relevant discipline or equivalent experience.

The post full time and is fixed-term to the end of April 2020, salary will be in the range £38,138 - £46,924.

Please send informal queries about the position to Dr Jon Ensor (

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