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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Salary: £32,816-£40,322.

Young People and Work in the Global South

We are looking for a full time Research Associate to work as part of a new project on Young People and Work in the Global South, based at the University of Cambridge. The post holder will work under the supervision of Professor Bhaskar Vira in the Department of Geography, Dame Barbara Stocking at Murray Edwards College and Professor Pauline Rose at the REAL Centre, Faculty of Education.

This project will contribute to a major new cross-University programme of enquiry into the Future of Work. The postholder will work with the project leads (Rose, Stocking and Vira) to scope out the establishment of a Commission on Young People and Work in the Global South. The work will involve desk- and literature reviews covering the main topics; understanding who is active in the area internationally; and analysis of policies in some key countries. The role holder will also be expected to engage with several external advisors, including contacts at organisations like Save the Children, Restless Development, the International Labour Organisation, the World Economic Forum, and the Overseas Development Institute. The main output from this work will be a full concept note and funding proposal to establish the Commission.

We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher with experience in the social sciences. We are especially interested in candidates who can demonstrate their ability to analyse policy documents, and facilitate stakeholder dialogue, particularly in relation to the challenges of young people and the future of work in the Global South. They should demonstrate an ability to scope out the terms of reference for the Commission, and its proposed plan of work. We are keen on individuals who share a commitment to interdisciplinary research, and are interested in contributing to the development of a larger programme of collaborative activity in this area.

Informal inquiries should be directed to Professor Bhaskar Vira by email, bv101@cam.ac.uk.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

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Please quote reference LC24939 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Salary: £32,816-£40,322.

The future of work in small town India (a Philomathia Social Sciences Research Project)

We are looking for a full time Research Associate to work as part of a new project funded by the Philomathia Social Sciences Research Programme at the University of Cambridge. The post holder will work under the guidance and mentorship of Professor Bhaskar Vira in the Department of Geography.

This project looks at the conditions of employment and the future of decent work in small towns in India. The COVID-19 crisis has exacerbated an already challenging situation, with short term impacts including major loss of work for migrant workers in the larger cities, and their subsequent return to their home villages and small towns. The impact of these changes on worker aspirations and the conditions for work in small town India form the context for this postdoctoral project.

The project will adopt a qualitative approach to studying access to and conditions of employment, in an attempt to demystify the lived experiences behind the statistics. As government recedes from a creator of employment to mediator, the focus is on those employed (often through sub-contractors), and their opportunities, including those that are increasingly mediated through digital platforms. This research will involve desk reviews of relevant literature and policy documents; interviews and focus group discussions with young people, workers and policy makers; and analysis of secondary information and data. The postholder will be expected to network across the University and beyond (with academic and non-academic partners) and to contribute to the wider goals of the Philomathia Social Sciences Research Programme.

We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher with experience in the social sciences, particularly Sociology, Political Science, Human Geography, Development Studies, Political Economy or a related field. We are especially interested in candidates who can demonstrate their ability to conduct semi-structured and unstructured interviews, participant observation, as well as the use of secondary evidence and analysis of documents and archival material. Knowledge of labour issues and debates in relation to work and employment in India would provide a distinct advantage. We are also keen on individuals who share a commitment to interdisciplinary research, and are interested in contributing to the development of a larger programme of collaborative activity in this area.

Informal inquiries should be directed to Professor Bhaskar Vira by email, bv101@cam.ac.uk.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 36 months in the first instance.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

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Please quote reference LC24935 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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