Research Assistant / Associate - Newcastle University

Published at: 17 October 2011

Salary: £25,101 - £28,251 (pro rata) (0.6 FTE) Closing Date: 11 November 2011

The School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape is seeking to appoint a Research Assistant / Associate to work on the European Union ESPON Programme 'Territorial Governance, Best Practices for New Perspectives (TANGO) with Prof. Simin Davoudi and funded entirely through this project. The overall aim of the project is to: develop a typology of contemporary governance practices; examine different forms of territorial governance in promoting territorial development objectives of EU sector policies as well as national and sub-national policies; demonstrate policy relevant options for creating better performing mechanisms for territorial governance in Europe, how to increase institutional capacity, and finally, how to use territorial development instruments more effectively by respecting the principle of subsidiarity and the existing distributions of competences; explore the conditions for transferability of good practices in particular within multi-level and cross-sector partnerships; develop the evidence-base for policy development in light of Cohesion policy aiming at improved competitiveness, sustainable and balanced growth of the European territory and in order to meet the objectives of territorial cohesion; disseminate the main outcomes and lessons from this project to policymakers and practitioners using various visualisation tools as well as informative narratives.
Applicants are invited from a wide range of social science backgrounds including planning, human geography and political science. Knowledge of and research interest in spatial planning and governance are particularly welcome.
The tasks of the post will include: searching for, reviewing and synthesising the latest literatures related to the aims and objectives of the project, with particular emphasis on spatial planning and territorial governance; implementing project deliverables under the supervision of Professor Davoudi and in collaboration with other members of the team; organising, undertaking and analysing interviews by phone, email and face to face; undertaking qualitative research analyses; attending ESPON TANGO management and research meetings; speaking at external seminars and conferences; drafting summary reports, web inputs, publicity materials, research reports and project deliverables; drafting academic papers for publication with Professor Davoudi and other members of the Newcastle team; managing the day-to-day running of the project including administration, organisation of meetings, liaison with ESPON TANGO partners and colleagues in GURU, NIReS, APL, and beyond.

Although the post will be based in Newcastle, frequent and significant travel in the UK and the rest of Europe will be required for the ESPON TANGO Project meetings, the case-study works, and conference / seminar attendance.
Informal enquiries about the post can be made by email to Prof. Simin Davoudi (
This post is part-time (0.6 FTE) and fixed-term until 31 October 2013.
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