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ESALA wishes to appoint a Research Fellow for a period of 20 months to support the project titled ‘Exploring the Development and Implementation of Co-Produced Water Management Infrastructure Solutions to Adapt to Climate Change-Related Risk: The Intersection of Rural-Urban Areas in Medellin, Colombia’ funded by British Academy Infrastructures of Well-being Programme. This project will be developed in collaboration with the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and the Universidad de Antioquia in Medellin.
The Research Fellow is an integral part of the project to offer a consistent level of research throughout. The nature and extent of the project spanning researchers in two continents, makes consistent assistance essential. Initial research will be dedicated to review primary and secondary literature and data sources identifying policy and institutional approaches to water management as well as, community-based and government initiated, resilience strategies in Medellin, Colombia.
The review will also require interviews with key Colombian actors and local stakeholders. Following this stage, the RF will contribute to work on the specific area of study and data collection, which will require knowledge and experience in developing and implementing qualitative research methods including semi-structure interviews, other forms of data collection and qualitative data analysis including using the software Nvivo. This work will be coordinated with Colombian-based researchers and project partners. The RF will also contribute to the organisation of international team meetings, to which she/he will be attending in the UK and in Colombia, assist with analysis and report writing and support ongoing dissemination activities. Impact is a key aspect of this project and the RF is expected to contribute to gathering evidence and writing up of any impact-related information. Consistent development and recording of fieldnotes, communication, field plans, interaction etc. is thus essential. It is fundamental that any activities undertaken by the RF and the project team are engendered and take place in collaboration with Colombian partners.
The post holder will require research experience, preferably in development, urban studies, urban design, planning, housing, and sociology in relation to climate change, resilience and smart city solutions. The RF also needs to demonstrate thet he/she has experience in successful project management independently and as part of a team. Tasks will also include coordinating activities between UK and Colombia, keep track of progress, and assisting with organisation and planning, supporting the PI, Co-Is and Management Group in the management and leadership activities of the project. Specific activities will include organisation of international team meetings, assisting with report writing, supporting ongoing dissemination activities, and developing and maintaining the project blog. An MPhil/ PhD in a relevant area of research such as the ones above or a related discipline is desirable.
The research fellow will need to be able to work independently, finishing assigned work to deadlines and able to implement the ideas and guidelines of the project investigators.
Main Responsibilities (Approx. % of time)
Planning & Organising
It is essential that the Research Fellow is able to contribute to the regular organisation of the project as well as in assisting with the communication within the team and across partners, through the planned organised meetings and informal contact points. Therefore, and due to the nature of this international research spanning two continents, organisational skills, as well as excellwnt time and project management skills are a key aspect of this role.
The Research Fellow will agree a general plan of research with the Principal Investigator and Co-Investigators and progress will be monitored at pre-scheduled meetings.
• Help plan and organise all meetings of the various researchers and partners associated with the study, including the Management Group, and any associated stakeholder groups.
Problem solving will be required to ensure the effective running and completion of the study. The Research Fellow will work in close collaboration with the Principal Investigators and Co-Investigators of this project. Any problems to be faced with regards to organisation of the workshops or progress of the research programme will be discussed, and solutions will be achieved under instruction by, and advice from the Principal Investigator and other support staff.
Problems may include such aspects as:
The job-holder will be expected to think independently, however all decisions will be made in consultation with the Principal and Co-Investigators.
Some problem-solving will require careful reference to protocols and procedures (e.g. over University of Edinburgh ethical approval), and some will require exploration of good practice and precedent (e.g. in measures to maintain good contact with study participants).
All decisions will take place in discussion with Principal Investigator, who will agree and discuss scope of the work in terms of all research activities.
In general, the job-holder will be expected to make day-to-day decisions that support the good progress of the study and do not have scientific or budgetary implications that might be problematic. Such regular decision-making is likely to include: drafting of formats for reports and other progress documents and outputs; establishment of protocols for recording and storing all study data, in accordance with data protection legislation; preparing and updating a library of relevant literature to inform contextual understanding, data analysis and interpretation of results; responding to queries about the study.
Where decisions are needed that might result in significant changes to the study plan, funding or timing, these must be resolved in discussion with Principal Investigator to ensure that any implications are predicted and planned for appropriately.
The Research Fellow will interact with the Principal Investigators of this project as well as Co-Investigators and associates to the project at Universidad Nacional and Universidad Antioquia in Medellin, as well as other support staff in ESALA, Business School and ECA. External partners in Medellin are expected to include government departments, public enterprises, community organisations, consultants, etc.
Knowledge, Skills & Experience
The project builds on a series of research activities that took place between 2015 and 2019 aimed to building research collaboration between the University of Edinburgh and a range of institutions in Colombia. These activities generated the development of the proposed project, as well as initial partnership with associated institutions. The project also builds on ongoing research around risk and resilience taking place in Medellin, Colombia and Sao Paulo, Brazil. http://www.medellin-urban-innovation.eca.ed.ac.uk
This project will continue engage with partners in Medellin, as well as in other countries sharing similar challenges, such as Mexico and Brazil, aiming to share findings and learn from this international network.
Job Context & Other Relevant Information
Increasing urbanisation along the edge of Medellin, characterised by informal growth influenced by (internal) conflict- and environmentally-based displacement, has produced vulnerable peri-urban areas that are exposed to risks, increasing with climate change. Understanding ‘habitat’ as ‘socially constructed’, where each individual’s input forms the collective ‘state of being’ within which they live (Latour 2005), this project aims to develop transdisciplinary knowledge and build capacity for policy implementation, through identifying and testing water management infrastructure solutions that are at the intersection of technical, social and environmental knowledge, to reduce environmental risks. This proposal’s innovative approach is rooted in the co-production of infrastructure solutions through climate-change participatory methodologies that engage local community knowledge, technical appraisals and institutional policy design and implementation. This will include identifying and scoping joint decision-making between communities and government agencies around neighbourhood planning in the rural-urban edge, aimed at reducing structural inequalities and risk, increasing social equity and wellbeing.
Research by Universities in Colombia and the UK around risk monitoring and mitigation at the household level, with a focus on landslides, has demonstrated that working directly with communities can lead to increased awareness and knowledge (UNAL, HWU, UoE). This indicates that communities are willing to interact and negotiate with institutions in setting up strategic approaches to minimize risks. Universidad de Antioquia (UA) and Universidad Nacional (UNAL) have also led diagnostic research on the broader NE sector of the city around water management infrastructures, which is providing knowledge to the Municipal government when managing risk. This work has identified the different threatening factors, for the guarantee of the citizens’ right to water, such as: mass movement, earthquakes, flooding, torrential avenue, forest fires, agrochemicals, fuel spills, deforestation and sewage collection. In addition, this work has established the levels of social fragility and marginalisation of the population, and finally, it has evaluated the state of the infrastructures of all the aqueducts in the NE sector of the city. This research has also led to identifying the role and nature of government institutions for management and monitoring the territory in line with the Municipal Risk Management Plan and the Municipal Emergency Strategy, and in articulation with the organisation that manages satellite data for early warning in Medellin and the Aburra Valley (SIATA).
Such previous research projects are generating overarching technical knowledge but leave a research gap around community-based knowledge and how water management risk reduction solutions can be implemented based on such knowledge, through communities and government organisations alike. Although initial management mechanisms have been identified through dialogue between local community boards and government organisations, ongoing research has not been able to develop and test appropriate water management infrastructure solutions, that engage with national and local investment programmes for neighbourhood improvement, which this project aims to contribute to. It is from these established negotiation channels that the infrastructure solutions this project seeks to explore will emerge. Solutions to develop would entail blurring the distinction between formal and informal infrastructures when ensuring wellbeing and the right to water in vulnerable areas. This will be achieved through gaining a better understanding of the different scales of infrastructures networks in relation to levels of responsibility, i.e. family/household, groups of neighbouring houses, community network at the neighbourhood level, and public network with institutional responsibility.
Although increasing risk awareness has generated significant national and local policy changes in Colombia, there has been little development in relation to the implementation of these policies nor the provision of suitable and inclusive infrastructures. An appropriate interaction across government organisations and between these government organisations and communities, in order to ensure that sustained change is achieved, is lacking. This project is therefore aligned with the increasing need for focused negotiation platforms in Medellin, where local government agencies and communities work collaboratively, combining resources and creating joined efforts. Drawing on the above ongoing research, this project will also build on community analysis, training programmes and community-readable representations of risk and hazards, that have been the focus of research at UA.
The overarching aim of this project is to develop transdisciplinary knowledge and build capacity for policy implementation, through identifying and testing water management infrastructure solutions that are at the intersection of technical, social and environmental knowledge, to reduce environmental risk in informal, vulnerable areas.
The project will thus develop and test three pilot infrastructure solutions in peri-urban areas that address a range of water-related challenges, contributing to current debates, as well as knowledge and policy development in the city around risk reduction. The problem-focused nature of this proposal builds on ongoing research involving the partners in this study around water-related risks, and broadens the research team to additional Colombian academic organisations (UA) as well as local government institutions (DAGRD and the Planning Department), community representatives, residents and NGOs (Convivamos and Corporación Penca) in order to achieve a range of negotiated risk reduction strategies in the intersection of rural and urban conditions. The proposed programme will work across scales and urban sectors developing and testing affordable water management infrastructure solutions, linking formal and informal knowledge, and their implementation, in line with government policy.
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This role is grade UE07 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.
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The role is grade UE07 and attracts an annual salary of £33,797 to £40,322, pro rata, for 35 hours each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.