University of Oxford: Research Associate in Urban Mobility

By Robert Lyons on 29th November 2017
Closing Date: 
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

We are seeking a Research Associate to join an international cohort of postdoctoral scholars within the PEAK Urban project, which is a 4-year, international, multidisciplinary Global Challenge Research Fund programme. You will work on a project about informal everyday mobilities in cities in Sub-Saharan Africa, and possibly in India and/or Colombia. The project will consider how and to what extent informal transport systems – (mini)bus, taxi, motorcycle/moped, and tri/bicycle – enable upward social mobility and wellbeing for both end users and those, like drivers and operators, who provide such systems.

The main duties are to develop and conduct theoretically informed, empirical grounded research on informal everyday mobilities in cities and carry out and develop collaborative research with colleagues in PEAK Urban partner institutions and research groups.

The successful candidate must have a PhD or a Master’s degree and PhD submitted (at time of job interview) in transport studies, geography, urban studies or related fields. You will have in-depth understanding of different theoretical approaches that can be used to understand the provision, use and experience of informal transport services in Africa, South Asia and Latin America. You must have excellent skills in both qualitative and quantitative methods, in particular in-depth interviewing, ethnography and document analysis, as well as expertise related to urban transport/mobility in Global South contexts. A good research and publication record, judged by the candidate's career stage is essential.