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New Research Post in Public Policy Research and Impact

last modified Sep 29, 2016 01:54 PM
A new research post is being advertised on an SRI-supported research project examining, 'How is public policy made? A closer look at evidence-based policy and the impact of academic research'

We are seeking to appoint a Research Associate (fixed-term, 12 months) to lead a project titled 'How is public policy made? A closer look at evidence-based policy and the impact of academic research'. The project has been conceived by the University's Strategic Research Initiative in Public Policy, and supported by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, which will analyse public policy-making in Britain with a focus on the role of evidence in shaping policy and the impact of academic research.

The post-holder will be responsible for organizing and conducting this research project. It will involve literature review, theoretical contribution, conducting empirical analysis (including reviewing existing impact cases in selected areas as well as interviews and external data analysis with policy makers) and writing up the findings for academic review and publication.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in history, political science, or other relevant social science with an interest in public policy, or relevant experience in public policy analysis. Research experience and knowledge in public policy would be desirable. Ability and experience required in designing empirical research including planning and organization of sources, conducting fieldwork (interviews) and data analysis. Ability to work with light supervision and engage with Public Policy SRI membership as well as communicate across internal and external audiences via written and presentation skills.

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

Applications should include a covering letter, Curriculum Vitae (including a research publication list) and a sample of your published or unpublished work up to about 5,000 words (for example, an article) in the Upload section of the online application.

Further information about the application process for this post can be obtained from Faculty's HR Clerk, Mrs Joanne Pearson (e-mail:, telephone: 01223 335350). Informal enquiries regarding the position may also be made to Professor Simon Szreter at

Application details and Further Particulars at:


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