Research Fellow in Deep Transitions (Fixed Term) Ref 0588

School/department: University of Sussex Business School, Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU)
Hours: full time or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 1.0 FTE. Requests for flexible working
options will be considered (subject to business need).
ull time part time
Contract: Fixed term until December 31st 2019
Reference:  0588
Salary: starting at £33,199 and rising to £39,609 per annum
Placed on: 11 January 2019 
Closing date:  25 January 2019.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: Mid-February
Expected start date: ASAP

Job description


The Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), within the University of Sussex Business School, conducts research, consultancy and postgraduate teaching in the area of science, technology, and innovation. SPRU comprises over 70 faculty and 40 doctoral students and is ranked third in the world and the highest in the UK in a global list of think tanks in science and technology. SPRU includes the Sussex Energy Group (SEG), a leading social science research group in the area of energy and climate policy that focuses in particular on the transition to sustainable, low carbon energy systems.

SPRU is seeking to appoint a Research Fellow in Deep Transitions to work with Professor Ed Steinmueller (University of Sussex) and Professor Johan Schot (University of Utrecht) to contribute to a cutting-edge research project which examines deep transitions - the coordinated change of many socio-technical systems in the same direction, over a period of time, which result in large-scale social and economic impact, transforming the nature of societies. Since this project is also linked to the aims of the Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium as part of its research programme this post will also support work on policy experimentation.

The successful candidate will focus on contributing to socio-technical scenario development and work on the roles of rules in Deep Transitions. Working with other members of the project team they will also write elements of the handbook on sustainability transitions. As part of the research of the Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium they will contribute to work on policy experimentation.  

Candidates should have a PhD in a related area, broad and deep knowledge of the sustainability transitions field, in particular the multi-level perspective and strategic niche management. They should have knowledge of deep transition theory and the ability to work with the ‘Rule’ concept in empirical research. They should be comfortable working in multi-disciplinary teams and for the work on policy experimentation, with a range of policy actors.  

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