Research Fellow in Critical Urban Studies

Leeds, United Kingdom
£33,797 to £40,322 p.a. pro rata
Wednesday, 1 January 2020
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 26 January 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Are you an enthusiastic and experienced researcher in the broader field of Constructions and Urban Studies? Are you looking for a new and exciting challenge as part of an international collaboration? Do you want to provide practical solutions to disaster risks in the Global South? 

Applications are invited for a 9 months researcher based at the University of Leeds. The successful applicant will conduct research on a British Academy funded project entitled “NOVel Approach for Vital Infrastructure post DisAster (NOVA VIDA)”.  The work will be conducted under the supervision of Dr Ornella Iuorio and Dr Michael Janoschka, along with Dr Gustavo Duran at the Department of Public Affairs in FLACSO, Ecuador.

The primary focus of the project is researching into the creation of new bottom-up community-led frameworks for cohabitation, with the potential to transform how post-disaster infrastructure is conceived and deployed. NOVA VIDA follows a multi-disciplinary approach combining qualitative and participative social sciences approaches and engineering tools including: (i) Case study analysis; (ii) Core empirical work through interviews, focus groups and stakeholder workshops; (iii) Immersion of people in simulated scenarios using virtual reality.

You will be involved in developing Critical Policy Analysis (CPA) of post-disaster reconstruction strategies in Ecuador, and investigate technologies and materials employed, as well as social dynamics occurring in post-disaster development of housing and community centres. This frame will be applied to analyse three locations severely affected from the 2016 earthquake in Ecuador. A critical understanding of post-disaster reconstruction strategies in Ecuador requires critically de-constructing the public political discourse to inquire details about the actual rationale behind reconstruction management. CPA requires also comparing these policies and their rationales to households’ experiences of the causes and consequences of post-disaster management.

You will be proficient in Spanish (verbal and written) and be able to spend up to 6 months in Ecuador for this research.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Dr Ornella Iuorio, Associate Professor, School of Civil Engineering
Tel: +44 (0)113 343 2294 or via email: 

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Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences
School/Institute:  School of Civil Engineering
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £33,797 to £40,322 p.a. pro rata
Working Time:  0.8 FTE, 30 hours per week
Post Type:  Part Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (9 months, available from 1 March 2020 (grant funding))    
Closing Date:  Sunday 26 January 2020    
Downloads:  Candidate Brief