Postdoc - Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin, UK

A Postdoctoral position is available at the Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin, UK. We are looking for an enthusiastic qualitative researcher to work as part of an interdisciplinary team on community/public engagement themes, specifically relating to geothermal energy in Europe, as part of the PUSH-IT project. More details below - contact Mel Rohse for an informal chat -
Over the past 10 years, the GSI has built a global reputation for delivering research impact and high-quality publications across a broad range of sustainability issues. The GSI undertakes interdisciplinary, action-focussed Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) research to support transformations towards sustainable and just societies. The GSI has a particular interest in research that has the potential for real-world impact, and thus has a wide portfolio of applied projects that focus on working with e.g. European Commission, UK Government, local authorities, charities and NGOs, business and industry, etc.
The position
This post is part of the €20m Piloting Underground Seasonal Heat Storage in Geothermal Reservoirs (PUSH-IT) project funded by the European Commission and UKRI. Whilst PUSH-IT’s main focus is on technical innovation, it has a strong social science element embedded throughout, giving the successful candidate an excellent opportunity to contribute their social science expertise to an interdisciplinary project. Specifically, the postholder will contribute to a dedicated stream of research on societal engagement and societal acceptability within the project. They will conduct research on citizen and stakeholder engagement with heat storage using appropriate research methods (surveys, interviews, focus groups, workshops, which will require travel to the demonstrator sites in various European locations), as well as contributing to other project tasks.
The successful candidate will have a PhD (awarded or nearing completion) or equivalent qualification/experience in Human Geography, STS, Environmental Psychology, Sociology, Environmental Studies, Political Studies or other relevant social science and be able to work independently. Essential skills include applied experience with qualitative data collection and analysis, ability to work collaboratively and in an interdisciplinary environment, and to communicate effectively with stakeholders.
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Published: 05/04/2023