Research Fellow in the Politics of Industrial Decarbonisation

University of Sussex Business School

Research Fellow in the Politics of Industrial Decarbonisation 

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 for 15 months from September-December 2021 until December 2022-February 2023
Reference: 6428
Salary:starting at £33,797 to £40,322 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on: 19 July 2021
Closing date:  16 August 2021.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: August 2021
Expected start date: September - December 2021

Job description

The Sussex Energy Group, within the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex Business School, are seeking to appoint a Research Fellow in the Politics of Industrial Decarbonisation to work with Dr Matthew Lockwood on a project on the politics of industrial decarbonisation policy in the UK as part of the Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre (IDRIC).

The Research Fellow will assist Dr Lockwood in the mapping of relevant incumbent actors and networks, analysis of institutional opportunities for and constraints on policy influence arising from relationships between industry actors and policy makers, detailed study of whether and how lobbying has shaped policy at different levels, and a comparison between the UK and other countries (Germany, and Sweden) in approaches to industrial decarbonisation policy.

Essential criteria for the positions are:

  1. A PhD (obtained at the time of the appointment) in business studies, energy studies, energy policy, science and technology policy studies, energy geography, political science, public policy, innovation studies, sustainability transitions, or a related area
  2. Able to begin by December 2021 and be able and willing to travel for field work (up to 1-2 weeks at a time), project meetings and conferences.
  3. The analytical skills or experience necessary to apply concepts and theories from political science and comparative political economy to the area of industrial decarbonisation policy making
  4. Strong knowledge and experience of and methods training in, qualitative research techniques such as interviewing, database management, and experience of writing case studies
  5. Evidence of the ability to communicate effectively to academic, policy and non-academic audiences.

Applications are invited from candidates at Research Fellow I (Grade 7).

Informal enquiries may be made with Dr Matthew Lockwood,

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

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