Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Peacebuilding

Durham (County) (GB)
£33797 - £40322 per annum + pro rata
29 Jul 2021
End of advertisement period
24 Aug 2021
Contract Type
Part Time


The Role


Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) in an AHRC/DFID funded project on 'Peacekeepers as Soldiers and Humanitarians' led by Dr Jutta Bakonyi. The project comparatively explores protection practices of UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and AU peacekeepers Federal Republic of Somalia. It focusses on protection providers (military peacekeepers) and compares their experiences with those they are supposed to protect: humanitarian actors and civilians.



The PDRA will contribute to the research at all levels and stages of the project, support the development of a research design (questions, methodology, methods), the training of research partners, conduct own field research, contribute to the analysis of research data (interviews, sketch-maps, field diary) and to the dissemination of research findings to military, policy and academia.



The PDRA will be the focal point for research in the DRC, establish and maintain contacts and liaise with partners and stakeholders. S/he and support field research of research partners and colleagues in the DRC and in troop contributing countries to the UN mission.


The PDRA will also contribute to the development of a training module for military peacekeepers and develop policy and practical recommendations to enhance protection practices. S/he will attend regular team meetings, cooperate closely with the research team and report research challenges and progress to the PI, Dr. Jutta Bakonyi.