Postdoctoral Researcher (UKRI funded project ) x 2 Ref 10732

School/department: International Relations/ Global Studies
Hours: Full time
Location: Brighton, United Kingdom- with travel overseas
Contract: Fixed term for 4 years until 01 June 2027
Reference: 10732 
Salary: starting at £42,155 per annum
Placed on: 24 January 2023
Closing date: 03 March 2023. Applications must be received by midnight of this date.
Expected Interview date: to be confirmed
Expected start date: 01 June 2023

Job description

Professor Peter Newell is looking to hire two postdoctoral researchers (PDRAs) for four years each to work on a UKRI Frontier Research Grant (formerly an ERC Advanced Grant) looking at the political dynamics of supply-side climate policies. These are policies being adopted to limit the production and supply of fossil fuels such as bans, moratoria, phase-out policies and subsidy removals that are being adopted by a growing number of countries around the world. The project seeks to understand where these policies are being adopted, how and by whom and what can be done internationally to support their wider adoption.

The PDRAs will be expected to conduct fieldwork in ‘first mover’ countries to understand these dynamics and to contribute to both the theoretical elements of the project and the forward-looking scenario work on possible futures for supply-side policies. The selection of countries the PDRA will be expected to work in will depend on final case selection and the language and research skills of the successful applicants.

The research will involve conducting semi-structured interviews (at least 20 in each country) in collaboration with the PI with key actors involved in the decision-making process around the adoption of supply-side policies. This will include a range of government officials from different government departments, representatives from business and civil society organisations and international actors active in the country (such as donors, banks, business and civil society associations).

In addition to conducting fieldwork, the PDRAs will be expected to:

  • help organise and analyse the data and contribute to research papers for publication
  • conduct literature reviews
  • present the research at academic conferences and policy and activist facing events
  • contribute to the scenarios on future pathways to supply-side adoption in ‘second mover’ countries
  • contribute to the management of the project, meetings and reporting of activities

Please contact Peter Newell ( for informal enquiries.

Please note that this position may be subject to ATAS clearance if you require visa sponsorship.

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  • Please note that this position may be subject to ATAS clearance if you require visa sponsorship.

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