Research Fellow in Governing Energy-Mobility Transitions Ref 3030
Post Title: Research Fellow in Governing Energy-Mobility Transitions
School/department: University of Sussex Business School / Science Policy Research Unit
Hours: Full time. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need)
Contract: fixed term until 31 May 2025
Salary: starting at £33,797 to £40,322 per annum at Grade 7, or starting at £41,526 to £49,553 per annum at Grade 8
Placed on: 13 January 2020
Closing date: 16 February 2020. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date: 26 February 2020
Expected start date: 1 June 2020 (no later than 1 October 2020)
The Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), within the University of Sussex Business School, is seeking to appoint a Research Fellow to work with Professor Karoline Rogge on the European Research Council project ‘Governing sustainable energy-mobility transitions: multi-level policy mixes, transformative capacities and low-carbon innovations’ (EMPOCI). EMPOCI will investigate how low-carbon transitions can be accelerated in the increasingly interconnected energy and mobility systems. We are looking for a candidate with a political science background, strong quantitative skills and knowledge of (energy-)mobility transitions.
Within this 5-year project which will start on 1 June 2020, the Research Fellow will collaborate with Prof Rogge and 2 PhD students to jointly develop, apply and refine an interdisciplinary analytical framework bridging innovation/transition studies and policy studies to investigate interconnected and contested multi-sectoral deep transition processes in the energy-mobility-system. The Research Fellow will be responsible for conducting qualitative and quantitative empirical research in one of the four countries studied within EMPOCI - either in the USA (California), China (Guangdong), or UK (Scotland) – including one year of fieldwork (please indicate in your application you country of choice).
In addition, the Research Fellow will lead the mapping of actors & coalitions, the socio-technical context and multi-level policy mixes relevant for energy-mobility transitions; and co-lead (together with the PI) the multi-actor survey analysis, the analysis of global dynamics of sustainable energy-mobility transitions and the integration of findings (across actors, countries and methods). The Research Fellow will also contribute to dissemination and stakeholder engagement activities (e.g. co-designing transformative policy mixes in foresight workshops).
Applications at either Research Fellow I level, or Research Fellow II level, are welcome.
Essential criteria for the post are:
- PhD in Innovation, Transitions and/or Policy Studies or similar, preferably with a focus on the politics of sustainability transitions
- Excellent knowledge of various theories of the policy process (e.g. advocacy coalitions framework, policy feedback theory, discourse analysis, governance network theory)
- Excellent knowledge of quantitative research methods, including skills in big data analytics for the social sciences
- Sectoral knowledge of the (energy-)mobility system, preferably covering the interconnecting electricity-mobility-ICT systems
- Knowledge of energy-mobility transition policies, policy processes and/or institutional arrangements (in particular regarding climate/ energy/ environmental policy and industrial/ innovation/ educational policy) on an international, national and/or regional level in the UK, US and/or China
- Knowledge of multiple types of innovation (e.g. technological, organisational, social, business model, policy, institutional)
- Experience in researching and/or working with multiple actors from business, policy, academia and/or society
- Fluency in Chinese if applying for conducting the empirical research in China
Informal enquires can be made with Professor Karoline Rogge (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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