Research Fellow in Governing Energy-Mobility Transitions Ref 3030


Post Title: Research Fellow in Governing Energy-Mobility Transitions
School/departmentUniversity 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
Reference: 3030
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)

Job description

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:

  1. PhD in Innovation, Transitions and/or Policy Studies or similar, preferably with a focus on the politics of sustainability transitions
  2. Excellent knowledge of various theories of the policy process (e.g. advocacy coalitions framework, policy feedback theory, discourse analysis, governance network theory)
  3. Excellent knowledge of quantitative research methods, including skills in big data analytics for the social sciences
  4. Sectoral knowledge of the (energy-)mobility system, preferably covering the interconnecting electricity-mobility-ICT systems
  5. 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
  6. Knowledge of multiple types of innovation (e.g. technological, organisational, social, business model, policy, institutional)
  7. Experience in researching and/or working with multiple actors from business, policy, academia and/or society
  8. Fluency in Chinese if applying for conducting the empirical research in China

Informal enquires can be made with Professor Karoline Rogge (

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