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Researcher vacancy

Duration: August – October 2019
Days per week: 4
Salary: £33,199 - £39,609 (Grade 6)

Sustainable Places Research Institute (PLACE) require a researcher to work on the Institute's partnership with Canal & River Trust on a short-term basis. Ideally the work will commence beginning of August, but there is some flexibility with timing. The vacancy will suit someone with good qualitative research skills, and experience of working with communities and community groups.

The project will involve research with residential communities not already engaged with waterways to understand how CRT could engage them, for example, as volunteers. The end result will be proposals for how to engage groups with CRT and waterways, and suggested methods for tracking change in communities. Fieldwork will focus on groups in Coventry and Leicester.


Tasks will include:

  • to liaise with CRT and partners to plan research activity
  • to plan, organise and undertake empirical data collection, using a range of qualitative research methods informed by participatory approaches (semi-structured interviews, surveys, focus groups, participant observation)
  • to undertake data analysis in support of research outputs
  • to prepare a report of the research results for use by Canal & River and stakeholders.


We are looking for someone meeting the following requirements:

  • experience of qualitative research methods (interviews, focus groups, participant observation)
  • good communication and interpersonal skills
  • understanding of working with varied community groups and organisations
  • proficient in writing for non-academic audiences
  • able to work to tight schedules and produce outputs to deadline.

The project is applying the lens of community wellbeing – it is not essential to have insight to this literature but such background is very welcome!

How to apply

Anyone interested in this role should send their CV and a one page cover letter outlining their suitability to Hannah Pitt by 17:00 on 28 June.

Dr Hannah Pitt

Dr Hannah Pitt

Research Fellow (PLACE)

(0) 29 2087 9632

Please note that those interested will need to meet the University requirements for casual staff which restricts the amount of work within any 12 month period.