Young People and Precarity

This fellowship is focused on a critical dimension of social inequalities: the growing insecurity and precarity of young people that is affecting populations of young people across the world.  The purpose of this fellowship is to develop an interdisciplinary research programme to examine this phenomenon of precarity. The research will necessarily have to adopt an interdisciplinary focus and employ innovative mixtures of quantitative and qualitative methodologies. The fellowship would link with the University’s strategic research themes including renewed efforts internationally to utilise ‘big data’ to answer socially pressing questions.

Your work will be hosted within the School of Education working under the mentorship of Professor Christensen and with the support of Professor Shildrick in the School of Sociology and Social Policy. You will work in collaboration with senior colleagues to deliver highest quality research and publications in international journals for inclusion in REF 2020; research funding from research councils (e.g. ESRC), European Commission (e.g. H2020), charities (e.g. Education Endowment Fund) and external partners; impact through working with NGOs, local, national and European policy makers; high quality fully funded PGR students and masters provision.

You will have proven research experience in the field, a clear programme of research and leadership skills development such as a planned progression from initial research capacity building, including PGR supervision, to increasing involvement in both Masters and Undergraduate teaching leading to appointment at the Associate Professor level.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

University Grade 8 (£38,511 to £45,954)

For informal enquiries about the role please contact Professor Pia Christensen, tel: +44 (0)113 343 0250, email:  

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