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Durham University

Department of Geography

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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Economic Geography / Global Networks - Ref: 021450

(23 October 2019)

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Economic Geography / Global Networks with a particular emphasis on the transformation of network-territory relations. The successful applicant will work on the ESRC-funded project ‘Fraying Ties? Networks, Territory and Transformation in the UK oil sector.’ Led by Professor Gavin Bridge, the project investigates the ongoing transformation of the UK's strategic position within global oil networks. The way the UK is 'plugged into' global oil networks is changing, in the context of a global shift in oil demand away from Europe, declining production in the North Sea, and growing action by governments and society to accelerate low carbon transition. Using social science methods, the project will generate new knowledge about the changing role of UK assets for international oil firms; and about the diversity, depth and durability of ties between these international firms and a range of territorial assets.

The successful applicant will be based at Durham and will work with Professor Gavin Bridge (Durham University) and with Dr Nana de Graaf (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam) to deliver two of the project’s four work streams. They will join an interdisciplinary project team (economic geography, political science, anthropology) that also includes researchers at Platform (a third-sector organisation, based in London) and at the London School of Economics. The post involves fieldwork to conduct interviews and participate in industry conferences and events. Travel will be primarily in the UK although also includes short research visits to Europe and the United States.

For informal enquiries please contact Professor Gavin Bridge, Department of Geography, Durham University ( All enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence. 

Closing Date: noon, Friday 15th November 2019.