Research Associate in Urban Mobility

School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford
Grade 7: Salary in the range £31,604 – £33,518 p.a.

We are seeking a Research Associate to join an international cohort of postdoctoral scholars within the PEAK Urban project, which is a 4-year, international, multidisciplinary Global Challenge Research Fund programme.

You will work on a project focused on the interactions between big data and transport planning and governance processes in rapidly growing cities in Africa, Asia and/or Latin America. Discourses about smart mobility in the smart city and about the role of big data in enabling more efficient and smarter transport planning processes have rapidly gained in popularity across the globe. Little is known, however, about how new data and tools for analysing them are being incorporated in and reconfigure urban transport planning and governance practices on the ground.

The main duties are to develop and theoretically informed, empirical grounded research concentrating on the effects of the rise of big data on transport planning practices in cities and carry out and develop collaborative research with colleagues in PEAK Urban partner institutions and research groups.

The successful candidate must have a PhD or have a PhD submitted (at time of job interview) in transport studies, geography, urban studies, critical data studies or related fields. You will have in-depth understanding of different theoretical approaches that can be used to understand transport planning and governance processes, ideally in cities in China, Columbia, India and/or Sub-Saharan Africa. You must have excellent skills in qualitative research methods, in particular in-depth interviewing, ethnography and document analysis, as well as expertise related to transport planning and governance processes and/or mobility in the smart city, preferably in Global South contexts. A good research and publication record, judged by the candidate’s career stage is essential.

This position is available from 1 October 2018. The post is fixed-term for 24 months although continuation will be subject to a whole programme performance review by the funders at 1 year.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement as part of your online application. Informal inquiries can be directed towards Dr Tim Schwanen (

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 16 May 2018, and interviews will be held in early June 2018.

To apply, visit the University job page and search by Vacancy ID: 134055

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