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Durham University

Department of Geography

News Archive

Research Associate - Ref: 0182

(7 April 2010)

This research project, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is a mixed methods investigation of the role, and experiences, of urban planners (and associated professionals) in anti-obesity policy in the UK, focussed on three case study areas: Liverpool, Manchester and South Lancashire.
The successful applicant will be employed 2.5 days a week (0.5 f.t.e.) to assist on the project. The appointee will be expected to contribute to the design, implementation and analysis of mixed-methods empirical data collection (questionnaires, focus groups and in-depth interviews), led by Dr. Bethan Evans, Durham University (Principal Investigator for the project and line manager for this post) and Prof. Jon Coaffee, Birmingham University (co-investigator for the project). The successful applicant will have some knowledge of debates in geography, planning, or associated social science disciplines, concerning critical research on planning policy, health, embodiment and place, and/or Health at Every Size. They will also demonstrate the capacity to apply methodology appropriately in accordance with the overall research context and objectives; use initiative and creativity to ensure the research is delivered within the specified time-frame; and communicate research results clearly and accurately to academic and non-academic members of the research team through presentations, discussions and meetings that contribute to the production of research reports, dissemination material and publications. The post is based at Durham University but will involve research in the NW of England (Liverpool, Manchester and South Lancashire), therefore the successful candidate must be willing to travel.


Salary: £23,566 - £28,983

Closing date: 28th April 2010