Research Fellow Ref: 2471

School/department: School of Engineering and Informatics
Hours: Full time or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 1 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: Fixed Term for 3 years
Reference: 2471
Salary: Starting at £41,526 to £44,045 per annum pro rata
Placed on: 4 November 2019
Closing date: 3 December 2019. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: 13 or 16 December 2019
Expected start date: 1 January 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter

Job description

The School of Engineering and Informatics at the University of Sussex wishes to appoint a Research Fellow to work on a 3 year European project on cultural transformations to sustainability.

The successful candidate will have experience in qualitative research, working with arts organisations and turning research insights into impact.

They will work closely with Ann Light, Professor of Design and Creative Technology as well as colleagues at universities in Helsinki, Barcelona, and Utrecht and a range of arts organisations and NGOs. They will be a member of  the DIPSlab (Design for Inclusion, Participation and Sustainability) and the Creative Technology Group.

The project draws on pilot research[1] showing that collaboration, reflection and direct engagement are key to changing publics’ orientation to ecological issues. The research fellow role will help identify and evaluate the design of significant aspects of these transformations across contexts through three interrelated components, with a particular emphasis on the first of these:

  • an Observatory, identifying and mapping existing, fragmented and often hidden transformational creative practices;
  • a Laboratory, supporting new experimentation and direct engagement with diverse stakeholders, including members of the public, by mounting several different scales and types of arts production, and;
  • an Evaluation phase, testing new and existing creative practices in a systematic and concerted way for their impact.

Applications should be accompanied by a full CV, a statement of future research plans and a 300 word creative approach to building an Observatory.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Ann Light, at and Professor Ian Wakeman, Deputy Head of School, at

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How to apply

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