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Research Fellow, School of Natural and Built Environment

Belfast, Northern Ireland
£37,841 per annum
Closing date
22 Apr 2024

Application closing date: 22/04/2024
Salary: £37,841 per annum
Job category/type: Research

The School of Natural and Built Environment (NBE) at Queen’s University Belfast, is currently seeking to recruit a Research Fellow to assist in the organisation, execution and analysis of community-based research for the Belfast case study of the Change Stories project. Change Stories is led by University of Washington and funded by the RJW Foundation with the aim to shift the paradigm of how we tell stories about successful urban change and who tells them, leading cities to develop deeply contextual solutions to support health, equity and wellbeing. It aims to do this by understanding diverse stories of three case study cities: Belfast (UK), Belo Horizonte- (Brazil) and Bogotá (Colombia) using equitable and de-colonial research approaches and reflexive practices, working with community organisations in each city. The project is a collaboration of five universities: Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), University of Washington, Federal University of Minas Gerais Brazil and Observatory for Urban Health, Universidad de los Andes and University of Toronto. At QUB the project is led by Dr Agustina Martire (Architecture) and Prof Geraint Ellis (Planning), in conjunction with our community partners, PPR.

The successful candidate must have, and your application should clearly demonstrate that you meet the following criteria:

  • Have or about to obtain a PhD in architecture, urban planning, urban studies, geography, urban sociology or other relevant discipline.
  • Demonstrate relevant experience and expertise in ethnographic and qualitative methods and analysis.
  • Sufficient breadth or depth of specialist knowledge in available strategies, techniques and methods for undertaking community-based urban ethnographic research.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to logically conceptualise and summarise the research findings.

Please note the above are not an exhaustive list. For further information about the role including the essential and desirable criteria please click on the Candidate Information link below.

While this post is initially available on a fixed term contract for 6 months, it is anticipated that the post will be available for a total of 18 months. Fixed term contract posts are available for the stated period in the first instance but in particular circumstances may be renewed or made permanent subject to availability of funding.

At Queen’s our people are at the heart of everything we do. As a staff member you will become part of a vibrant organisational culture, which will provide you with the opportunity to achieve your full potential and enhance your career through a continuous focus on learning and development.

We offer an excellent employment package that includes:

  • Great terms & conditions
  • Pension schemes
  • Flexible working by enabling you to design your working week in collaboration with your manager through a blend of remote and office working
  • Family-friendly initiatives
  • Career development opportunities
  • Support for health & mental wellbeing
  • Generous holiday entitlement of 8.4 weeks a year (made up of 23 days annual leave, 10 closure days and 9 bank holidays)

Queen’s University is committed to promoting equality of opportunity to all. We have created an inclusive culture by establishing staff networks such as iRise (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and International Staff Network) and PRISM (LGBTQ+) which help us progress equality.

We also subscribe to Equality Charter Marks such as the Diversity Charter Mark NI in addition to Athena Swan. For further information on our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, please visit: and

Informal enquiries may be directed to Professor Brendan Murtagh at

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