Vacancy: Research Associate

Would you like to work with us? Then you’re in luck! We have a vacancy for a Research Associate on our project exploring the hidden histories of community-led planning.

The project is the first sustained history of community-led planning in the UK, documenting the diverse ways that people have come together to care for the future of their communities and exploring what their efforts mean for contemporary approaches to planning and participatory place-making.

To date documentary and archival research have brought together various sources, including the uncatalogued archives of our impact partner the TCPA. The role is central to the project’s next phase, involving a series of case studies of community-led planning initiatives, including the drawing up of ‘People’s Plans’, the building of new communities, anti-redevelopment campaigns and the creation of innovative participatory planning approaches. By combining arts-based, participatory methods such as memory walks and photo elicitation with oral history interviews and workshops, we aim to explore narratives of participation and engender the sharing of memories within and across places.

The successful candidate will have (or be very close to completing) a PhD in planning, human geography, urban studies or a related field, and have expertise in qualitative methods and a good understanding of theories of planning and public participation. The role is based at the University of Sheffield working under the direction of Dr Andy Inch. It is full-time, with a starting salary of £34,304 and an end date of 31st December 2022 (with a possible extension to account for previous recruitment delays and start date).

For further details, including how to apply, please visit the University of Sheffield’s recruitment pages here.

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