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Durham University

Department of Geography

News Archive

Postdoctoral Research Associate - Ref:4124

(27 November 2014)

The Department of Geography at Durham University wishes to appoint a full time Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on the research project Governing Urban Sustainability Transitions: advancing the role of living labs (GUST), with Professor Harriet Bulkeley and Professor Simon Marvin. GUST is funded under the JPI Urban programme and is led by Lund University (Sweden) with partners at Durham University, Erasmus University, The Netherlands, and Joanneum Research, Austria.

The aim of the GUST project is to examine, inform and advance the governance of sustainability transitions (ST) taking place through urban living labs (ULL) in Europe. ULL are proliferating rapidly across Europe’s cities as a means through which public and private actors are seeking to deliver innovative improvements in buildings, transport and energy systems. Yet despite the experimentation taking place on the ground, there is an absence of systematic learning across urban and national contexts about their impacts and effectiveness and limited knowledge about how good practices can be scaled up to achieve the transformative change required for ST. GUST will create a systematic framework for evaluating the design, practices and processes of ULL to enable the comparative analysis of their potential and limits. This knowledge will be co-produced with policy-makers and practioners, with the explicit intention to provide new insights into the governance of urban sustainability.

The successful candidate will join Professor Bulkeley and Professor Marvin together with consortium partners across Europe, and will be responsible for key aspects of the day-to-day organisation and conduct of the programme of research to be conducted by Durham. We anticipate that this 33-month contract will start in January 2015.

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

For further details regarding this post please contact Professor Harriet Bulkeley:-

Email: h.a.bulkeley@durham.ac.uk Tel: 0191 3341940 

Please note that interviews are due to be held on the 8th January 2015.

Closing Date: 28th December 2014