Post-Doctoral Research Assistant

University of Leeds
Leeds, United Kingdom
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Are you an ambitious early-career researcher looking for your next challenge? 

Do you possess a Ph.D drawing on quantitative and qualitative evaluation methodologies, have a commitment to Arts and Humanties research, participatory arts and community engagement, and have a passion for International Development? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities?

Project Title: Maximising the Impact of AHRC GCRF Portfolio

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries. 

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has funded more than 100 projects through the GCRF, including many through collaborative programmes with other research councils (e.g. with NERC on Resilience, with ESRC on Forced Displacement, and with MRC on Global Public Health). These projects bring Arts and Humanities research and methodologies to bear on development challenges including conflict, migration/forced displacement, resilience in the face of climate change and natural disasters, gender equality, and disease, wellbeing and secure livelihoods. There are strong indications that the Arts and Humanities are making a significant contribution to the GCRF’s interdisciplinary approach to tackling the SDGs, especially in adapting development approaches to local cultures and in promoting community engagement and participatory methods.

However, there is an urgent need to both evaluate and draw out this impact, at scale, and in ways that can be made relevant to policy-makers and other non-academic partners. 

To this end, Professor Stuart Taberner and Professor Paul Cooke have been awarded funding by the AHRC to:

  • Identify and draw out synergies across AHRC-funded GCRF projects, around thematic clusters such as resilience, global health, forced displacement and conflict;
  • maximise learning across GCRF projects by developing thinking around A&H methodologies and their relevance for the global challenges;
  • Convene a series of major conferences and smaller events to promote this learning, but also to lead to a set of keystone reports on the contribution of Arts and Humanities research and methodologies to Sustainable Development Goals. These reports will present evaluation, analysis and policy recommendations. 

We are looking for an exceptional postdoctoral research fellow to work with us on shaping and running these events (with the support of our administrative team) and—vitally—to undertake quantatitive and qualitative evaluation work and author 5-6 keystone reports. The role holder will also be supported to develop an independent portfolio of publications related to one or more of the thematic areas being explored. 

This is a challenging role that requires strong social-science skills as well as an understanding of the relevance of Arts and Humanities research for global development, and an ability to distill research outcomes for policy-makers.

You will be based within the Leeds Arts and Humanities Research Institute (LAHRI) and part of a wider team of colleagues working on Arts and Humanties GCRF projects. This project is led by Professor Stuart Taberner, and is part of a larger AHRC GCRF Project (Changing the Story), led by Professor Paul Cooke.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Professor Stuart Taberner