Research Fellow in International Urban Development

Melbourne, Australia
04 Dec 2019
End of advertisement period
11 Dec 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Work type: Fixed Term
Location: Parkville
Division/Faculty: Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning
Salary: $72,083 - $97,812 (Level A)
Role & Superannuation rate: Academic - Part time - 9.5% super

Applicants should note that interviews for this position will need to take place on Monday, 16 December. If you are not available on this date please make this clear in your application.

About the role

The Connected Cities Lab is looking for a Research Fellow to work on an emerging and exciting collaboration between the Lab and Fondation Botnar supporting the development of an effective “evidence to action” framework to build a better future for children in cities. The Fellow will collaborate with Lab team members and Fondation Botnar to deliver the design of a major international program centred on this theme and scope challenges/opportunities to better mobilize evidence to shape action in ‘secondary cities’ internationally when it comes to issues of child and adolescent wellbeing in urban environments.

Some of the work will involve (but is not limited by):

  • scoping and developing framework for the delivery of the “evidence to action” program
  • supporting the Lab team in engaging international experts and institutions (e.g. UN agencies)
  • management activities (including meeting, engagement and project administration support)
  • data gathering and analysis activities
  • review of current Lab evidence,
  • communication activities including drafting of practitioner-friendly documents
  • analysing information and formatting/summarising it
  • engaging with the Botnar team and other international experts on questions of (international) urban development.

The Fellow will also have a chance to participate in the broader research and engagement activities of the Lab and, where appropriate, take part in academic publications and events.

About you (qualification and skills we'd appreciate):

  • A master’s degree in urban studies, planning, geography, politics or (urban) health, or at least 2 years of professional engagement, or equivalent experience (e.g. research or implementation consultancy), related to urban development in developing country contexts.
  • Research capacity commensurate with opportunity, as demonstrated by a record of publications and participation in research projects.
  • A broad understanding of key theoretical frameworks relevant to the study of urban governance, especially as they pertain to its international dimensions and/or questions of evidence use in cities.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, facilitate and document multi-stakeholder workshops as part of research or capacity building engagements.
  • Excellent English language written and verbal communication skills including the ability to draft communications and reports, and to convey complex information in a manner that is clear, concise and accessible to a broad audience.
  • Demonstrated ability to build effective working relationships with co-researchers and partner organisations, and engage built environment practitioners
  • High-level interpersonal and communication skills, including demonstrated capacity to work with participants from varied ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team to prioritise workload, meet agreed deadlines and achieve project goals.

Additional skills we'd appreciate:

  • Clear evidence of substantial advancement (e.g. ABD candidates, submission deadline set, candidates awaiting final examination etc.) towards the completion of a PhD degree in one of the following fields: politics and international relations, urban design, architecture, urban planning, urban health, geography or urban studies.
  • Specialisation in fields of urbanisation, urban development and/or urban health.
  • Academic, or equivalent professional, experience of working with international institutions and networks involved in the urban development sector, such as transnational civil society, academic partnerships, the United Nations, or international development organisations. 
  • Experience of urban governance in cities of the Global South.
  • Experience with policy outreach, capacity building and innovative practitioner (local government, built environment professionals) engagements.
  • Understanding of research funding systems and research governance obligations with the capacity to engage with funding agencies.
  • Fluency in a second language other than English, written and verbal communication skills including the ability to draft communications and reports, and to convey complex information in a manner that is clear, concise and accessible to a broad audience.

For information to assist you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria, please go to:

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Position Description

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Applications close: 11 Dec 2019 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time