Research Fellow in Governance of Heat Transitions Ref 5635

School/department: University of Sussex Business School
Hours:Full 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 15 months
Reference: 5635
Salary: Starting at £33,797 to £40,322 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on: 08 June 2021
Closing date: 05 July 2021.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: July 2021
Expected start date: September 2021

Job description

The Sussex Energy Group, within the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex Business School, are seeking to appoint a Research Fellow in Governance of Heat Transitions to work with Dr Matthew Lockwood and team on a newly funded project ‘Going Dutch?’, comparing UK and Dutch approaches to the decarbonisation of domestic heating.

The Research Fellow will map and analyse the governance and institutional context of heat decarbonisation efforts in the Netherlands; track local activities and outcomes in municipalities; assess the characteristics of Dutch heat transition governance; contribute to comparisons with the UK, recommendations and dissemination.

Essential criteria for the position are:

  1. A PhD (obtained at the time of the appointment) in energy studies, energy policy, science and technology policy studies, energy geography, political science, innovation studies, sustainability transitions, or a related area
  2. Knowledge of governance mechanisms for heat decarbonisation
  3. The analytical skills or experience necessary to apply existing concepts and theories about sustainability transitions, governance, comparative institutions and policy transfer/learning
  4. Strong knowledge and methods training, and experience, in qualitative techniques such as field research and interviewing and experience writing case studies
  5. Evidence of the ability to communicate effectively to academic, policy and non-academic audiences.

6. Able to begin by September 2021 and be able and willing to travel for field work (at up to 2-3 weeks at a time), project meetings and conferences, pandemic restrictions permitting.

Informal enquiries may be made with Dr Matthew Lockwood

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

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