Research Associate: Environmental Sustainability in Immigrant Households

University of Manchester
Manchester, United Kingdom
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We have secured funding from the Leverhulme Trust for an exciting new research project to investigate how migration from Global South (GS) to Global North (GN) countries and the urban sustainability agenda intersect at the household level. Through mixed-methods and community-based research, we will examine how people from Pakistan and Somalia, two of the largest and fastest-growing GS immigrant groups in Manchester, perceive the ‘green agenda’ and engage in environmentally-significant everyday practices in their adopted city. We will also investigate how participants’ environmental knowledge and practices contribute to the goals of sustainability and resilience. The appointed researcher will join an international research team led by Sherilyn MacGregor and be based in the Sustainable Consumption Institute at The University of Manchester.

You will be engaged in the design of research instruments including the development of protocols for data collection. Fieldwork will include the collection of survey data and analysis of these data. This will entail working with the project research team to build relationships within participating communities, recruit research participants, collect data and lead the analysis of interview and longitudinal data using NVivo and related methods. 

You will have completed a PhD in environmental sociology or politics (or a closely related discipline such as human geography) and demonstrated commitment to research, publishing and public engagement in themes relating to sustainability/sustainable consumption, immigration and social/environmental justice. We expect you to have experience and knowledge of project management and research ethics and it is essential that you are highly skilled in qualitative research methods as well as having basic quantitative skills. Ability to communicate in a Pakistani or Somali language and an interest in delivering impact through public engagement events, blogs, and different media are desirable. You will also contribute on a regular basis to the Sustainability and Social Inequalities Working Group and participate as a member of the wider research community within the SCI.  

The Sustainable Consumption Institute is an established research centre for the study of sustainable consumption in the context of climate change. The research agenda of the Institute is focused on ‘Materialising Sustainability’s and Re-Imagining Futures’ and aims to deepen and extend our thinking about the urgent socio-technical and political challenges of our time. The University of Manchester enjoys a reputation for ground-breaking research and innovation. We are located in the heart of Manchester.

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of age, sex, gender (or gender identity), ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status.  All appointments will be made on merit.

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This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.