Research Fellow in Social Relations of Energy
University of Sussex Business School
United Kingdom

Research Fellow in Social Relations of Energy 

School/department: University of Sussex Business School, Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU)
Hours: Full time hours considered up to a maximum of 1 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: Fixed term for 18 months.
Reference: 5988
Salary: Starting at £ 33,797 to £ 40,322 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on: 26 May 2021
Closing date:  21 June 2021.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date: 29 June 2021
Expected start date: By August 2021

Job description

The Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), within the University of Sussex Business School at the University of Sussex, is seeking to appoint a Research Fellow in Social Relations of Energy, to work on three closely related research projects being undertaken at SPRU, funded by the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) and the Centre for Research on Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS). These projects involve examining the social and policy drivers of changes at a local level aiming to reduce energy demand whilst enhancing quality of life, as part of the transition to Net Zero carbon emissions and recovery from the Covid pandemic.

The role will involve the following:

  • Undertaking interviews with policy and trades actors, and with homeowners
  • Applying and developing Social Relations Mapping methodology
  • Organising a local policy collaboration and innovation workshop
  • Working closely with Brighton and Hove City Council
  • Mapping and assessing values of groups of local stakeholders
  • Interacting with energy and sustainability stakeholders in the Sussex region
  • Collecting data through desk-based qualitative research, focus groups, semi-structured interviews and shadowing and observation.

Essential criteria for the position are:

  • A PhD (obtained at the time of the appointment) in a relevant area
  • the analytical skills or experience necessary to apply existing concepts and theories in the research area
  • Strong knowledge and methods training, and experience, in qualitative techniques
  • Evidence of the ability to communicate effectively to academic, policy and non-academic audiences.
  • Basic knowledge of UK home decarbonisation policy and the Net Zero landscape
  • Research interests in understanding social relations driving the adoption of low carbon solutions, and the policy mechanisms for supporting these.
  • Ability to begin by August 2021, and be able and willing to work out of the Brighton and Hove City Council offices for at least one half day each week

Please contact Prof Tim Foxon or Dr Marie Claire Brisbois for informal enquiries.

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

Download job description and person specification Ref 5988 [PDF 194.28KB]

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