Research Associate - Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care
The successful applicant will be the Research Associate on a 16-month pilot project funded by an Economic & Social Research Council 'Research Methods Development Grant'. The project is a partnership between social scientists at King's College London (Professor Glenn Robert, Dr Oli Williams) and Shaping Our Lives (Becki Meakin, Professor Peter Beresford), a national user-led organisation specialising in the inclusive involvement of Disabled people and people marginalised due to other and intersecting social and personal characteristics. Shaping Our Lives have been awarded almost £200,000 over the next four years by the National Lottery Community Fund to co-design (with their members and partners) new services to promote and facilitate meaningful involvement in research, local government planning and policy-making, as well as providing a sustainable means through which Shaping Our Lives can form partnerships with researchers and universities. Together we will pilot a novel methodology which seeks to facilitate and improve such co-design endeavours.
The project is principally concerned with exploring whether a methodological innovation derived from Elinor Ostro's Nobel Prize-winning analysis of collaborative group working can both enhance the co-design of services designed with and for service users and also improve participatory research practice. By using collaborative ethnography to conduct a Participatory Action Research project of our process of adapting, implementing and evaluating this innovation we will gather insights into the methodological challenges involved in such ways of working which will strengthen future partnerships between researchers and user-led organisations. One aim of the project is to use the learning from this pilot project to prepare an application for further funding to study the longer-term impact of the co-designed services and the continued adaptation, application and refinement of this methodology as these services are implemented nationally. Another aim is to use our learning and creative methods to develop new, user-friendly resources to facilitate others to use Ostrom's principles to improve the inclusivity and effectiveness of co-design endeavours in the health and social care sectors.
The Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care is ranked number two in the world and number one in the UK in the Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2018 (Nursing). It is also ranked second in the world and first in the UK for nursing in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), over 90% of our research was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.
This is a fixed-term role for 16 months or until 30 April 2022.
This is a part-time role - 3 days per week.
- responsible for day-to-day conduct of fieldwork coordinating research activities and working in partnership with Shaping Our Lives
- assist with data management
- jointly facilitate and participate in monthly Joint Interpretive Forums
- collecting and analysing qualitative data
- contribute to writing peer-reviewed journal article, final report and funding application
- contribute to co-designing user-friendly resources
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.
Skills, knowledge, and experience
- PhD in social science/health services research (awarded)
- Postgraduate training in ethnographic methods
- Conducting and analysing ethnographic fieldwork
- User-led/Charitable/third sector organisations
- Writing for peer-reviewed publication
- Working collaboratively and inclusively
- Experience of emancipatory/participatory methods/conducting action research in partnership with third sector organisations
- Experience of conducting action research, using participatory methods and/or co-design in health & social care sectors
- Experience of writing funding applications
- Peer-reviewed publications
- Familiarity with Disability studies and/or user-led research
- A commitment to helping people from all communities to have a strong voice
- Lived experience as a Disabled person/long term service user
This advertisement does not meet the requirements for a Certificate of Sponsorship under Home Office regulations and therefore the university will not be able to offer sponsorship for this role.