Durham University

Department of Geography

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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Ref: 1624

(10 October 2006)

This 3-year interdisciplinary research project, led by Professor Sarah Whatmore at Oxford University, Professor Stuart Lane at Durham University and Professor Neil Ward at Newcastle University, is funded under the UK Research Councils’ Rural Economy and Land Use Programme.

The project interrogates the knowledge controversies associated with flood risk modelling and management and develops a new approach to doing interdisciplinary public science. It addresses three main research questions to which these three posts relate (i) a social science analysis of how particular knowledge technologies become ‘hard-wired’ into institutional practice, and with what consequences for public engagement and trust (Oxford based); (ii) a natural science analysis of flooding events using Minimum Information Requirement models (Durham based); and (iii ) an evaluation of new ways of interdisciplinary working that require social and natural scientists to re-evaluate their practices and involve non-scientists throughout the research process (Newcastle based).

The project will involve intensive fieldwork with local communities in two case study areas in England as well as interaction with regional and national stakeholder institutions. These three posts are full-time for 36 months and will be appointed on the Grade 7 scale.

Further particulars are available from recruitment@ouce.ox.ac.uk or telephone 01865 285082. Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Sarah Whatmore at sarah.whatmore@ouce.ox.ac.uk in the first instance. Applicants should send a CV; covering letter indicating which PDRA post they are interested in and why; and contact details for three academic referees.

Closing date: Friday 27th October 2006.