Research Fellow, Social Statistics and Demography

Southampton, United Kingdom
£31,406 to £38,587 per annum
19 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
15 Feb 2022
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Geography, Sociology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Social Statistics & Demography

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £31,406 to £38,587 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term until 31/03/2023
Closing Date:  Tuesday 15 February 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1666622CC

We are seeking a Research Fellow to analyse data concerning domestic waste generation and its management in off-grid urban communities in urban Ghana and Kenya as well as in other countries in Africa.

The Research Fellow will be a part of the University of Southampton, an institution in the top one hundred world universities* and one of the UK’s top 15 research-intensive universities. We have an international reputation for research, teaching and enterprise activities.

* QS World University Rankings 2021

As many off-grid urban populations lack solid waste disposal services, there can be problems of disposing of waste created by food, drink and other everyday household consumption. The role of the Research Fellow is to quantify the nature and extent of these problems through the analysis of international household surveys and linked data from our fieldwork observations in Ghana and Kenya regarding the type of packaging typically used to examine waste streams created in off-grid households. In addition, the Research Fellow will identify and analyse secondary data sources in other African countries to investigate waste streams created by consumption of other everyday items.

The Water & Waste project is funded by the ESRC/DfID through the Global Challenges Research Fund and aims to deliver evidence on the different ways that people sell water to off-grid populations and the associated plastic waste management issues. You will be expected to work closely with academic colleagues and stakeholders in the UK, Ghana and Kenya.

A PhD in quantitative social science, quantitative human geography or a similar field is essential. The Research Fellow will have experience of statistical analysis of complex secondary household survey data sets. Ideally, the Research Fellow will also have experience of the analysis of geospatial data and have an emerging publication record. Experience of working in low- and middle-income countries is desirable, as is knowledge of issues affecting either household water access or waste management.

Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

This post is suitable for quantitative social scientists, quantitative human geographers, or those with a similar background, with skills in statistical analysis of household survey data. The post is available from 1st May 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter until 31 March 2023.

For informal enquiries before submitting your application, contact Prof Allan Hill ( or Prof. Jim Wright ( 

Application Procedure

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Hannah Nash (HR Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043 or email  Please quote reference 1666622CC on all correspondence.

Please include a covering letter and full CV in your application.

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