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Research Associate

Closing date : 22/02/2015
Reference : HUM-05883
Faculty / Organisational unit : Humanities
School / Directorate : School of Social Sciences 
Division : Sociology 
Employment type : Fixed Term
Duration : The post is available from 1st March 2015 for 18 months
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Salary : £30,434 to £37,394 per annum
Hours per week : full time

This post will play a key role in a major AHRC-funded project on everyday participation and cultural value, led by Dr Andrew Miles (see

Your main responsibilities will focus on two strands of work.  Firstly, you will work with project team members on data collection and analysis on the contexts and processes associated with diverse forms of participation and their significance, including the relationship between participation and ‘creative economies’.  This is part of an ongoing programme of work across a series of case studies in England and Scotland, and contributes to comprehensive empirical research using mixed methods to explore participation in these locales.

Secondly, using national-level survey sources, such as the DCMS’s Taking Part Survey and the Scottish Household Survey, you will contribute to the broader understanding of cultural participation from the perspective of how people spend their leisure time, including the impacts of geographical location and place on participation patterns.

In both roles, you will be expected to contribute to the wider research process, including research design, assisting with the management of fieldwork and fieldworkers, the writing up, publication and dissemination of results, and liaising with local partners, stakeholder organisations and community representatives.

We are looking for an individual with a substantive interest in understanding participation and experience of postgraduate study at doctoral level using quantitative methods. As well having a strong grounding in standard quantitative approaches, we are particularly keen to appoint someone with substantial working knowledge of techniques which are useful for the analysis of participation in social, cultural and spatial contexts, such as social network analysis, GIS approaches, latent class analysis and multiple correspondence analysis.

The post is available from 1st March 2015 for 18 months.

As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. However, as black and minority ethnic (BME) candidates are currently under-represented at this level in this area, we would particularly welcome applications from BME applicants. All appointments will be made on merit.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Dr Andrew Miles, Reader in Sociology

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Date of external posting:     Wednesday 21 January 2015

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

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