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Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences

Posted: 6/18/2018 (Employment)

The School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences, Loughborough University is seeking to appoint a Post-Doctoral Research Associate (PDRA) to work on a project entitled ‘Territorial Planning for Peace and Statebuilding in the Alto Cauca region of Colombia’. The project is ESRC/Colciencias funded, through the Newton RCUK-Colciencias Research Partnerships Call. It is a multidisciplinary collaboration between human geographers, political scientists, education and design specialists, based both in the UK and Colombia.

The PDRA will play a key role in the project, which will explore the process of territorial peacebuilding in three rural municipalities in the Alto Cauca region, one of the areas identified by the Colombian government as particularly affected by the armed conflict. Through engaging the active participation of long marginalized actors, including landless peasants, Afro-descendants and indigenous peoples, the project will bring the voices of these communities into the territorial peacebuilding process in an attempt to ensure that it is truly participatory and long lasting.

The post will be based at Loughborough University but will entail spending time in Colombia, including engaging in primary data collection and working closely with a wide range of stakeholders. The successful applicant will be an experienced researcher with a PhD in Geography, Political Sciences, Development Studies, Anthropology or another Social Sciences or Humanities discipline of relevance to the project.  The PDRA will be fluent in English and Spanish, and have experience of conducting qualitative research in challenging conditions. The PDRA’s main responsibilities will be to: conduct qualitative research, organise and manage project data, arrange events and meetings relating to the project, engage in project management, and contribute to the analysis and dissemination of the research.

The PDRA will work closely with PI Professor Katherine Gough (Department of Geography) as well as collaborate with the wider project team in Loughborough (CI Dr Giulia Piccolino, Department of Politics, History and International Relations, CI Dr Carolina Escobar-Tello, Design School, and a part-time project RA based in the Design School) and in Cali (led by PI Dr Irene Velez-Torres, Universidad del Valle).

Informal enquiries should be made by email to Professor Katherine Gough, Department of Geography, Loughborough University,

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Deadline: 06/28/2018

Location: Loughborough University