Research Associate - Department of Geography

London (Greater) (GB)
Grade 6, £38,304-£39,345 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Thursday, 22 October 2020
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 15 November 2020
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Geography
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job description 

This Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) position up to 24 months (full time) is based in the Department of Geography at King’s College London. We are looking for someone to begin in November or December 2020.

The PDRA will contribute to the Multi-Hazards Integrating Theme of Tomorrow’s Cities (, an interdisciplinary research hub funded by GCRF whose objective is to bring multi-hazard disaster risk management to the centre of urban policy and practice. The PDRA will work across the four hub cities—Istanbul, Kathmandu, Nairobi and Quito.

The aim of this multihazard theme is to support each city to evolve from multiple ‘single-hazard’ perspectives (i.e., where hazards are treated as being discrete or independent), to a more holistic approach that recognises the interrelationships between hazards, and the dynamic impacts on exposure and vulnerability. Hub integrating themes work in and across the four cities and collate and share appropriate learning on the theme to advance the Hub’s objectives.

Within the Multi-Hazards Integrating Theme, and across the four Hub Cities Hub cities – Istanbul, Kathmandu, Nairobi and Quito – the PDRA will be expected to (i) contribute to the development and implementation of the multi-hazard theme, (ii) contribute to research that characterises the multi-hazard landscape of the study regions and implications for disaster risk reduction, (iii) support knowledge exchange and communications regarding multi-hazard approaches (both across the four Hub cities and beyond), (iv) work closely with city teams and the different research colleges to help embed multi-hazard approaches into the Hub activities. The PDRA will be an active member of the KCL Risk, Hazard and Society Research Group.

The researcher will have the opportunity to be part of an exciting adventure, working in a multidisciplinary and international environment to contribute to cross-cutting research on disaster risk reduction and poverty alleviation.

Prof. Bruce Malamud will be the post line manager and work closely with Dr Joel Gill (British Geological Survey), with Prof. Mark Pelling (KCL) advising.

Key responsibilities

•       Contribute to the design and realization of multi-hazards research in the four Hub cities, generating new understanding of multi-hazard interactions and how the dynamic nature of ‘hazard’ affects exposure and vulnerability;

•       Characterise the multi-hazard landscape for each city, which might include using systematic use of peer-review and grey literature, expert judgement, workshops.

•       Support the development of multi-hazard interaction scenarios and their implications for disaster risk reduction, working with Bruce Malamud (KCL) and Joel Gill (British Geological Survey);

•       Identify key multi-hazards learning from work in the cities and develop appropriate methods to effectively share this learning with other stakeholders within and beyond the Hub,

•       Act as an ambassador for the multi-hazards integrating theme, working with the different disciplinary partners to ensure common and clear understanding of the relevance of multi-hazards approaches to the Hub;

•       Support the capacity strengthening of city teams;

•       Contribute to and lead academic publications;

•       Prepare and present at academic and policy events in cities, in the UK and internationally as appropriate

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

This post will be offered on an a fixed-term contract for 2 years

This is a full-time post - 100% full time equivalent - flexible working hours and part time will be considered.