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Postdoctoral Research Associate (Social Venturing in the Social Sciences)

Durham, United Kingdom
£37,099 - £44,263 per annum
Closing date
18 Dec 2023

The Role

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to support the "Social Venturing in the Social Sciences" initiative. Business venturing is often promoted as a desirable mechanism for transferring knowledge from research-intensive universities to the private sector for commercialisation. Yet, universities face difficulties in fostering business venturing and creating spin-offs, particularly from social science research. This project seeks to address this issue. It will pilot-test a research intervention to scale up the impact of social science research through commercialisation. The framework is grounded in Prospective Inquiry and Social Venturing, leveraging the power of social science knowledge and the motivation behind social enterprising.

The successful applicant will work alongside the project PI, Prof Pablo Mu oz, to execute the pilot and move it towards a sustainable university initiative in the social sciences. The pilot will last 36 months and involve 10 research projects in total, two in year one and three in years 2 and 3. Each research project team will go through a 12-month research venturing process. You will work Prof Mu oz and the wider team, as well as academics across the university and local SMEs to implement this methodology and facilitate the intervention.

The role is funded by Durham University Business School's Smart & Scale initiative which is an interdisciplinary impact-driven research programme in smart and scale-up activities, focusing on innovation and business development of SMEs in the North-East of England.

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