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Research Assistant in Street Space and Social Justice
Ref. 50059940

£6,930 per annum (Incl. LWA)

Design, Creative and Digital Industries

Central London

This post is part-time, 8-9 hours per week, starting 29.8.2022 and fixed term until February 2023. 

The researcher will be embedded in a small team within the University of Westminster’s School of Architecture and Cities, including members across transport planning and urban planning research groups. The researcher will be reporting to Dr Emilia Smeds on a project funded by the British Academy titled ‘What is the street for? Interrogating the epistemic justice of reconfiguring urban public space’. This is a collaboration between five scholars based in UK and Canadian universities, focused on citizen perspectives on the redesign of city streets, contrasting this with expert perspectives, and understanding the social justice issues around ‘whose knowledge counts’ and has influence within public participation and decision-making processes. 

These questions are of critical importance considering the growth in tactical urbanism and temporary street space interventions in the last decade, particularly since the COVID-19 pandemic. The project is linked to the larger EX-TRA project on street space experimentation at the School of Architecture and Cities (Experimenting with City Streets to Transform Urban Mobility).

The project will kick off with a joint panel discussion between the collaborators at the RGS-IBG conference in Newcastle in early September 2022, and result in a co-authored academic journal article and digital media aimed at engaging the public (e.g. open-source online GIS map). 

The Research Assistant will assist in the production of these including tasks such as literature review, organising workshops, editing and proofreading written articles, and working with ArcGIS Online. The postholder will benefit from full virtual attendance to the RGS-IBG conference and networking opportunities with researchers based in Canada, the UK and other European cities. Academic publication opportunities can also be discussed.

The postholder cannot be a current student, i.e. enrolled in an MSc or PhD programme during the project. We welcome applicants with a broad range of range of disciplinary and professional backgrounds, although some experience in working with social science theories, qualitative data and urban issues is necessary.

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Closing date: midnight on 10 July 2022 

Interviews are likely to be held on: 14 July 2022

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