Research Fellow in International Development Ref 7124

Post Title: Research Fellow in International Development
School/department: School of Global Studies / International Development
Hours: Full or part time hours considered between 0.5 FTE (2 years) and 1.0FTE (1 year). Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: fixed term for 12 months
Reference: 7124
Salary: £34,304 to £40,927 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on: 29 October 2021
Closing date: 26 November 2021. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected start date: 01 February 2022


Job description

Applications are invited for a 12-month 1.0FTE position as a Research Fellow in International Development based in the School of Global Studies, University of Sussex.

This post will involve under the supervision of Dr Paul Gilbert on the ESRC-funded project ‘Development consultants and contractors: for-profit companies in the changing world of ‘Aidland’.

The project is a collaboration with Cambridge, Nottingham and UEA, led by Professor Emma Mawdsley (Cambridge).

Core responsibilities will include compiling a database of tenders, payments and contractual relations between the UK government and for-profit contractors in receipt of funds earmarked for aid and development.

Additional responsibilities will include analysing contracts signed between the UK government and for-profit firms in receipt of aid money, and depositing data for archiving in accordance with ESRC requirements.

The successful candidate will have the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team and without close supervision; and will work on co-authored publications produced with the project team.

Applicants will have a strong understanding of international development public-private relationships in development; and have a PhD in International Development or related subject areas.

Please contact Dr Paul Robert Gilbert ( for informal enquiries.

For full details and how to apply see our vacancies page The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

You can find out more about our values and our EDI Strategy,  Inclusive Sussex, on our webpages.

Download the full job description and person specification (reference number 7124) (PDF XKB)

The University requires that work undertaken for the University is performed from the UK. 

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