Research Fellow Ref 9229

School/department: School of Education and Social Work /Department of Social Work and Social Care
Hours: Part time hours considered up to a maximum of 0.2 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need). 
Contract: Fixed term for 25 months 
Reference: 9229
Salary: starting at £35,333 to £42,155 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on: 22 July 2022
Closing date: 05 August 2022.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: TBC
Expected start date: 01 October 2022

Job description

The Department of Social Work and Social Care, within the School of Education and Social Work, was awarded a contract in early 2022 from the Children’s Society to evaluate their national Disrupting Exploitation (DEx) Programme. The three-year evaluation project is lead by Dr. Kristine Hickle) (Principle Investigator) with University of Sussex colleagues Professors Michelle Lefevre and Lisa Holmes.

The DEx programme aims to take a systems approach to child criminal exploitation (CCE) in England by directly providing services to children and young people who are vulnerable to (or have been victimised by) CCE alongside working with practice systems to create new practices, policies, and approaches to keeping the physical and social contexts surrounding young people safe from harm. Over the next next two years, Sussex will be evaluating the contribution of the DEx Programme to outcomes for young people affected by CCE in three geographic areas: London, Birmingham, and Manchester.

To support this work, we seek to appoint a part-time 0.2 FTE Research Fellow to replace the current researcher. They will work closely with the project lead (Hickle) and be expected to carry out a majority of the field work in the three sites until approximately midyear 2024.

This will include ethnographic observation of meetings and practices, both online and in person (which will involve travel and some overnight stays), undertaking participatory interviews with vulnerable young people and their parents/carers, interviewing professionals, case file and other documentary analysis, and surveys.

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 job description and person specification Ref 9229 [PDF 114.21KB]

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

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How to apply

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