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Research Fellow

Department of Sociology

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £32,817 to £34,804 per annum
Fixed Term until March 2021
Post Type:  Full Time
Advert Placed:  Thursday 21 May 2020
Closing Date:  Thursday 04 June 2020
Interview Date:  Thursday 18 June 2020
Reference:  022820

‘Local Institutions, Productivity, Sustainability and Inclusivity Trade-offs’ (LIPSIT) is a project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).  It aims to identify those institutional and organisational arrangements at the regional level that tend to lead to the 'good' management of policy trade-offs associated with increasing productivity, and to make recommendations to policy makers based on this.  The project is a component of the ESRC’s increasing interest in productivity research.

We are seeking a researcher to gather data on stakeholders in each region and carry out a social network analysis of their inter-connections; participate in interviewing selected stakeholders; and drawing on all the evidence gathered by the project, design and carry out a Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) of the regions to help explain the differences in the strategic trade-offs between regions.

The post will suit someone who has a PhD in sociology, political science, public policy, business, management or a related area, the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of potential stakeholders from business, government, local government, and an interest in and preferably some experience of UK public policy, especially in relation to productivity.


The full-time post is available immediately and continues until 31 March 2021, with the possibility of extension.  It will be based in Guildford, but remote working will be possible, and will be required until the University re-opens.

Please note, it is University Policy to offer a starting salary at Level 3.6 to successful applicants who have been awarded, but are yet to receive, their PhD certificate. Once the original PhD certificate has been submitted to the local HR Department, the salary will be increased to Level 4.1

The project is a collaboration between the Universities of Surrey, Birmingham, Warwick, and Cardiff and DEMOS.   The post holder will become a member of the Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity of the Nexus (CECAN), and the Surrey Department of Sociology, Informal enquiries about the post can be made to Professor Nigel Gilbert,, from whom a copy of the research plan can be obtained. Further information can be found in the job description.


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