Research Fellow Ref 2913

School/department: School of Global Studies
Hours: full time 
Contract: 9 months fixed term 
Reference: 2913 
Salary: £32,548 rising to £38,833
Placed on: 06 February 2018
Closing date:  07 March 2018.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date. 
Expected start date: as soon as possible after appointment

Job description

Applications are invited for a 9 months fixed term Research Fellow (full time) in the department of Social Anthropology within the School of Global Studies.

The Research Fellow will collaborate in a research project entitled “Co-production of knowledge, and communication tools for safe and sustainable artisanal fishing.” The project explores new ways to make traditional fishing in the south Indian state of Kerala safer and sustainable by co-producing knowledge on marine weather and fish resources with artisanal fishers and forecasters.

The project blends traditional and scientific knowledge to better understand climatic and environmental risks, as well as vulnerabilities and the risk culture of the fishers. It involves mapping of fish stock, fishers’ journeys, and hazard patterns, using instrument observations, satellite data and interviews.

The project will test a set of ICT tools and risk messages, and provide a scalable model to promote Sustainable Development Goals on food security, environmental conservation and community development. The Research Fellow will join a team composed by Prof Filippo Osella, an anthropologist, leads the project, with Dr Kate Howland, an interaction design specialist, and Dr Pedram Rowhani, a geographer, advised by Prof Roderick Stirrat, another anthropologist. Its collaborators include Kerala State Disaster Management Authority and the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services.

Candidates should have a PhD in Social Anthropology, Geography or related disciplines, with specific knowledge on fishing communities and/or climatic and environmental risks connected to fishing. They should demonstrate knowledge of Malayalam language (intermediate level at least); the capacity to undertake independent research in small communities; and the ability to develop and maintain research relationships with various governmental and non-governmental stake-holders in Kerala, India and beyond.  Familiarity with and capacity to develop different ICT tools which could be used to promote safety at sea and to broadcast daily weather information to fishers is required.

Prospective applicants can make informal enquiries to the project’s Principal Investigator, Professor Filippo Osella, at

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