Research Fellow in Transformative Innovation Ref 2981

School/department: University of Sussex Business School
Hours: Full time Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need)
Contract: Fixed term until 31 January 2022
Salary: Starting at £33,797 to £40,322 per annum
Placed on: 16 December 2019
Closing date: 30 January 2020.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: 7 February 2020
Expected start date: As soon as possible

Job description

The Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), within the University of Sussex Business School, is seeking to appoint a Research Fellow to lead an analysis of the ongoing work of the Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium (TIPC). TIPC is an international consortium established at the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex in 2017 to develop methods, instruments and tools for transformative innovation policy.

This is a unique opportunity for a researcher go into depth in this trans-disciplinary project on transformative innovation policy, working alongside academics involved in TIPC to examine, reflect and write about what has been learnt from this rich experience in these very different contexts. We are looking to develop overlaps between knowledge management and learning as applied to science, technology and innovation and transformative innovation, although there will be opportunities to explore various theoretical frames. The post holder will also be expected to gather primary material, including conduct interviews with policy makers and practitioners from different countries of Europe, Africa and Latin America.

Essential criteria for the post are:

  1. PhD in the social sciences or in an inter-disciplinary field including the social sciences.
  2. Knowledge of science, technology and innovation policy
  3. Knowledge of theories and evidence related to sustainability transition theory and empirics, environmental economics or social action related to these areas
  4. Experience in developing primary qualitative data on organisational or social group behaviour
  5. Ability to work collaboratively in designing, implementing, and writing up qualitative research.
  6. Strong analytical capability and evidence of excellent academic writing
  7. Ability to understand cross-country differences and understand cultural and institutional differences.


Informal enquires can be made with Dr Matias Ramirez (

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