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Message posted on 17/06/2022

Hiring a postdoc - Smart Forests - University of Cambridge

Dear all,

The Department of Sociology in the University of Cambridge is seeking to appoint a full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate to join the ERC-funded project, Smart Forests: Transforming Environments into Social-Political Technologies , led by PI Professor Jennifer Gabrys. The Research Associate will review smart forests initiatives and technologies, undertake national and international fieldwork (contingent on travel guidance), co-lead smart forests case studies, organise and hold participatory stakeholder events, and contribute to data analysis and dissemination activities (including conference presentations, publications and an online atlas) for the project. The position is 24 months in duration.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will play a key role in contributing to the project and the overall research initiative. You will:

  • Contribute to the overall survey of smart forest initiatives
  • Contribute to the selection of case studies and co-lead and contribute to case studies
  • Aid in the development and hosting of participatory events
  • Contribute to the project website and other online project materials
  • Contribute to the design and running of project symposia
  • Contribute to project presentations and publications
  • Contribute to dissemination of research findings and research activities according to project's guidelines
  • Ensure compliance with all ERC grant requirements, including project reporting, data management and ethics

You may also choose, by arrangement, to participate in teaching and supervision in the Department of Sociology at both graduate and undergraduate levels.

Eligible candidates must have a PhD in Sociology or a closely related subject (e.g. Geography, Design, Digital Media, Science and Technology Studies), with considerable knowledge of digital technologies, smart environments, and smart forest initiatives, ideally from an STS, digital media studies or environmental studies perspective. See for more information.

Best wishes, Michelle Westerlaken

-- Michelle Westerlaken, PhD. Postdoctoral Research Associate The University of Cambridge email:

Smart Forests Multispecies Design

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Westerlaken, M. (2020). What is the opposite of speciesism? On relational care ethics and illustrating multi-species-isms

, International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 41(3/4), 522-540.

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