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Message posted on 09/06/2022

SSH for Climate-Energy-Mobility - 3-yr postdoc position (ARU, Cambridge, UK)

Dear all:

We at the GSI have recently launched a call for a postdoc to join the upcoming Horizon Europe SSH CENTRE project – Social Sciences & Humanities for Climate, Energy aNd Transport Research Excellence – see below. Please feel free to disseminate to individuals and/or networks. The application deadline is Fri 24th June.

With thanks!


3-year Research Fellow job opportunity: Social Sciences & Humanities (SSH) for Climate-Energy-Mobility


  • Based at Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK.
  • Salary: £34,304-£39,739 per annum (pro-rata) | 3-year position in the first instance, on research career ladder.
  • We value diversity and are committed to being inclusive and to discuss your flexible working needs | Position advertised at 0.8FTE
  • Application deadline: Friday 24th June 2022 | Interviews (online): Monday 4th July 2022 | Start date: negotiable, but ideally close to 1st September 2022

Global Sustainability Institute (GSI)

Over the past 10 years, the GSI has built a global reputation for delivering research impact and high-quality publications across a broad range of sustainability issues. The GSI undertakes interdisciplinary, action-focussed Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) research to support transformations towards sustainable and just societies. The GSI has a particular interest in research that has the potential for real-world impact, and thus has a wide portfolio of applied projects that focus on working with e.g. European Commission, UK Government, local authorities, charities and NGOs, business and industry, etc.

Most notably for this post, we are the (social) scientific leads of the upcoming €3m Horizon Europe SSH CENTRE project (2022-2026) - the European Centre of Excellence for Social Sciences and Humanities research on climate, energy and mobility - as well as coordinating the newly launched €5m H2020 SHARED GREEN DEAL (2022-2027), which is implementing 24 social experiments across Europe on Green Deal priority areas. We have previously led the €1m European Innovation Forum for energy-related Social Sciences and Humanities (Energy-SHIFTS, 2019-2021) and its €2m predecessor EU platform (SHAPE ENERGY, 2017-2019). We have also received funding from six of the seven UK Research Councils (ESRC, EPSRC, NERC, AHRC, BBSRC, STFC), for example being part of major UKRI centres such as the ESRC’s Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity and EPSRC’s EnergyREV.

The position

This is an exciting opportunity to join the well-organised central team of two high profile Horizon projects. Your main role would be as part of SSH CENTRE, working with 12 international partners, and supporting (for example): SSH literature briefs on EU policy priorities; coordination of three edited collections (Climate, Energy, Mobility) involving 30 collaborative teams of SSH-STEM* academics drawing on interdisciplinary insights to make policy recommendations linked to EU Green Deal Strategies; a training programme for Early Career Researchers on knowledge brokering between SSH research and policy; as well as journal papers built on the above. The successful candidate will also be expected to work around one day per week on the SHARED GREEN DEAL project (22 international partners), including as part of the social experiments on ‘efficient renovations’ (led by ARU, Aalborg University and Bankwatch Network) which will be building knowledge and know-how networks to develop skills, address energy poverty and promote gender justice, across four countries. The role offers huge scope for building your network both within and outside of academia. There may be opportunities in future to develop your own research bids or collaborate with GSI colleagues on proposals under development.

Candidates must have a climate, energy- or mobility-related Social Science or Humanities PhD or Professional Doctorate (or nearing completion) in, for example: Anthropology; Business; Development; Education; Environmental Social Science; Gender; Human Geography; Psychology; Sociology; Science & Technology Studies; Political Studies; History; Law; Philosophy; Theology etc. or an interdisciplinary combination. Experience of qualitative research methods is required, and a track record initiating or contributing to collaborative, interdisciplinary projects is welcomed.

*Science, Engineering, Technology, Mathematics

Related information

Dr Chris Foulds Associate Professor Global Sustainability Institute (GSI) Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge, CB1 1PT, UK.

T: (+44) 1223 69 5112 | E: | Twitter: @DrChrisFoulds

Further info: Personal webpage | LinkedIn | GSI | GSI’s Consumption & Change Selected projects: SHARED GREEN DEAL | Energy-SHIFTS | SHAPE ENERGY | Energy access & gender equity in the Global South | Energy-PIECES

Recent selected publications: Sociology of Interdisciplinarity: The Dynamics of Energy Research (Palgrave Macmillan open access book, 2022) The making of energy evidence: How exclusions of Social Sciences and Humanities are reproduced (and what researchers can do about it) (Energy Research & Social Science, 2021) Energy justice in the developing world: a review of theoretical frameworks, key research themes and policy implications (Energy for Sustainable Development, 2020) Expanding the scope and implications of energy research: A guide to key themes from the Social Sciences and Humanities (Energy Research & Social Science, 2020) Diversifying diversity: Inclusive engagement, intersectionality, and gender identity in a European Social Sciences and Humanities Energy research project (Energy Research & Social Science, 2020) [The Queen's Anniversary Prizes For Higher and Further Education 2021] -- Please click here to view our e-mail disclaimer

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