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Research Associate

University of Sheffield

Sheffield, United Kingdom

Are you interested in working for a world top 100 university?

We have an exciting opportunity in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning for someone looking to use their research skills and knowledge to improve understanding of how blue-green infrastructure is valued and implemented in cities. You will join a team of researchers who are working together on a UK Research Council funded project to develop a more nuanced understanding of the health and well-being benefits of interaction with the natural environment.

You will contribute to the delivery of a work package on the IWUN project which focusses on the economic appraisal of blue-green infrastructure interventions using cost-utility analysis. This role requires excellent qualitative and quantitative research skills (particularly design and application of economic evaluation techniques), as well as high level communication, team-working and project management skills. You will have a PhD (or equivalent) in a discipline within the social sciences, and proven expertise in cross-disciplinary communication and strong analytical skills.

The Department of Urban Studies and Planning at Sheffield is one of the largest and most thriving urban studies and planning schools globally. This post is an excellent opportunity to develop your skills, expertise and networks within a world leading research environment.

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

We build teams of people from different heritages and lifestyles whose talent and contributions complement each other to greatest effect. We believe diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact through research, teaching and student experience.

Job Description

Main Duties and Responsibilities
• Undertake a literature review of CUA/CBA of interventions related to the environment and wellbeing to establish the state of existing knowledge in this subject area.
• Organise events to engage local and national stakeholders in the economic appraisal process. This will include managing discussion, organising transcription, and undertaking data analysis and interpretation of results.
• Undertake the economic appraisals of the selected interventions and report the results.
• Develop a co-produced, holistic framework for analysis of the costs and benefits of GBI interventions for future application in a range of contexts.
• Contribute to initial and on-going ethics reviews and work reflectively and respectfully throughout the research.
• Engage and liaise closely with colleagues involved in other work packages and with partners and stakeholders to ensure that the effectiveness and impact of the research is maximised.
• Take responsibility for the day-to-day leadership and management of activities relevant to delivery of the primary work package outputs and make a proactive contribution to the delivery of overall project solutions. • Deliver a range of outputs including conference presentations/papers, peer-reviewed journal articles, project events and periodic project progress reports.
• Make a full and active contribution to the principles of the ‘Sheffield Academic’. These include the achievement of excellence in research and scholarly pursuits to make a genuine difference in the subject area and to the University’s achievements as a whole.


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