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Durham University

Department of Geography

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Postdoctoral Research Associate (Ref: 20000771)

(15 December 2020)

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Economic Geography / Global Networks. The successful applicant will use their skills in researching and analysing corporate production networks to contribute to two externally-funded research projects directed by Professor Gavin Bridge at Durham University.

The successful applicant will contribute around 2/3rds of their time to the ESRC-funded project Fraying Ties? Networks, Territory and Transformation in the UK oil sector, investigating the ongoing transformation of the UK's strategic position within global oil networks. They will also contribute around 1/3rd of their time to the UKERC-funded project Geopolitical Economy of Energy System Transformation, examining emerging global production networks underpinning the development of low-carbon energy technologies including critical raw materials. Both projects utilise a similar skill centred on elite interviews and global production network analysis.

The successful applicant will be based at Durham. As part of the Fraying Ties project, they will work with Professor Gavin Bridge and with Dr Nana de Graaff (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam). 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 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 is generating 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.

How to Apply

For informal enquiries please contact Professor Gavin Bridge (

All enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence.

We prefer to receive applications online via the Durham University Vacancies Site.

As part of the application process, you should provide details of 3 (preferably academic/research) referees and the details of your current line manager so that we may seek an employment reference.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in the University.

Closing Date: 15th January, 2021. 11:59:00pm.