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Research assistant position, MORE project (Horizon 2020)-
6 month, part time 20%
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Research assistant position (6 month, part time 20%), MORE project (Horizon 2020)

The Centre for European studies and comparative politics at Sciences Po seeks to appoint a research assistant – 6 month, part time 20% – in order to join the final phase of the work achieved as part the MORE Project (Horizon 2020), “Multi-modal Optimisation for Road-space in Europe”.

The MORE project is led by Pr. Peter Jones, University College London, and brings together an 18-partners’ consortium in order to 1) identify existing and future pressures on urban nodes that is, the roads that connect cities with the TEN-T network (Transport European Road Network), 2) and to develop design tools and processes that will enable these key routes to be made responsive to future pressures by exploiting possibilities for dynamic space management and operation. More information available here: https://www.roadspace.eu/

The CEE contributes to the MORE project as coordinator for work package 2, led by Dr. Charlotte Halpern. This work package seeks to provide an in-depth qualitative and comparative analysis of how governance and socio-political conflicts shape road space re-allocation across different political contexts in Europe (Budapest, Constanta, London, Lisbon and Malmö). Making use of limited space and capacity often implies changes in road space allocation as well as prioritising between different uses, modes and activities. Which actors initiate and shape debates about road space allocation? How and by whom is it translated into policies, regulations, planning practices, etc. and implemented? How are difficult trade-offs and compromises resolved across different contexts? To what extent are such changes city-led, as opposed to wider technologically-, economically- or socially-led processes of change?

During the last phase of the project, the main task will be to contribute to the dissemination of research findings towards academics and practitioners in MORE and outside the project. This includes contributing to the development of academic papers, two research policy briefs, the organization of a workshop and a poster. The person employed will be fully integrated in the CEE research team and the MORE consortium.

We welcome applications from excellent candidates with a PhD level in social sciences, and with a research interest in one or more of the following areas: comparative policy processes, ecological transition processes, urban research. Research experience, in or outside academia, is an asset (dissertation, internship, etc.). It is anticipated that the successful candidate will be willing to work as part of a team under the overall direction of the PI and have some work experience with academic research and research dissemination outside the academic sphere. She or he should be willing to work with a large variety of stakeholders in the field of urban transport in cities across the EU.

Main tasks: 

  • Working as part of a team under the overall direction of the PI;
  • Providing research input (mainly desk analysis)
  • Organizing one event devoted to the dissemination of results
  • Developing research dissemination materials (e.g., posters, infographics, etc.)
  • Participating to the activities of the MORE consortium

The contract will start on October 1st, 2020. This is a 6-month part-time position (20%).

Gross Salary: 572 euros.

Scientific planning and report.

  • To contribute to any dissemination or public engagement activities deemed of interest to the project;
  • To contribute to any scientific management and administration tasks arising from the research project, incl. Reports.

Qualifications, knowledge and experience – essential:

  • An excellent master degree in social sciences, or close discipline, with a major in comparative policy processes, ecological transition processes, urban research.
  • Some experience with research dissemination
  • Some work experience in or outside the academic sphere
  • Proficiency in English and French (written and spoken)

The research assistant will have no teaching obligations.

Applications should be sent by August 16, 2020 to Dr. Charlotte Halpern : charlotte.halpern@sciencespo.fr

You will be asked to supply a CV and a covering letter (no longer than 2 pages).

Candidates short-listed for interview (phone or skype) will be contacted during the last week of August. They will be informed of the results no later than September 1st.

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