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Senior Research Associate (RA1941)

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Location: ENV - Sch of Environmental Sciences
Job Type: Full-Time
Category: Research & Analogous (RA)
Closing Date: 03/01/2022
Date Posted: 01/21/2022
Reference: RA1941



Senior Research Associate in Policy, Politics and Climate Change 
REF: RA1941

£34,304 to £40,927 per annum 

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the ESRC Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST) based at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. You will work in an interdisciplinary team investigating what motivates politicians to credibly commit themselves to lead in the grand societal challenge of delivering net-zero emissions by 2050, in line with the 2015 Paris Agreement, and what role they can play in accelerating them in the future. 

You will work under the supervision of Prof Andy Jordan, and Drs Irene Lorenzoni, Lucas Geese and John Kenny to conduct research on which personal beliefs, motivations and incentives hinder and/or enable politicians to push for climate action, and what role they can play in accelerating climate mitigation in upcoming decades. The research will focus on case studies in the UK and Germany and may also be extended to other countries.

The successful candidate should have experience of completing independent research for publication. Key tasks include:
  1. Reviewing existing literatures to understand the role of politicians in climate policy-making.
  2. Engaging with key actors (including politicians, policy makers, other societal stakeholders) during the research, through interviews and workshops.
  3. Collating and qualitatively coding biographical background information on politicians and other key actors as well as the behavioural patterns recorded in parliamentary proceedings, committee hearings, speeches etc. 
  4. Generating novel research findings that advance the existing literatures on these topics and disseminating them via publications and seminar/conference presentations.
  5. Fostering and supporting the work in the Centre, by contributing to cross cutting and synthesis activities.

A PhD (or equivalent experience) in a relevant social science discipline, as well as experience of independent research is required. You should be able to work in a team and independently, and have excellent report writing and presentation skills. You will meet all the essential criteria set out in the Person Specification. 

This post is funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as part of a major investment in the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST). The post is also closely linked to the ERC funded DeepDCarb project ( Prof Andy Jordan is the principal investigator of DeepDCarb. CAST is led by Prof. Lorraine Whitmarsh at Bath University; the Universities of Cardiff, East Anglia and Manchester, the University of York and Climate Outreach are its other founding partners. You will also collaborate closely with fellow CAST team members located at the Universities of Manchester (led by Dr Sarah Mander) and Cardiff (led by Dr Stuart Capstick).

The post is available on a full-time basis starting 1 April 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter for a fixed-term period of 21 months (but not beyond 30 April 2024).

Closing Date: Tuesday 1 March 2022

The University is a Silver Institutional Athena SWAN Award holder and aims to make its first submission to the Race Equality Charter in 2022. 


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