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Two exciting research fellowships at PIR and Birmingham University.

Closing date: 12 April

Vacancy at University of Edinburgh:

Vacancy at University of Birmingham:

We are seeking two dynamic researchers to join our project ‘Smart Urban Intermediaries’. The Research Fellows will be part of a transnational team including the University of Edinburgh and Birmingham University (UK), Roskilde University and the Danish Town Planning Institute (Denmark), and Tilburg University (Netherlands).

The ideal candidates will have specialist theoretical and practical knowledge in ethnographic methodology, collaborative action research or practice-led inquiry, knowledge of current issues in at least one relevant field (i.e. policy, public administration, public management, urban studies, planning, political science, community learning and development), a PhD in a related field, and strong planning, organisation, facilitation and communication skills.

This part time, fixed term post is available for 17.5 hours per week from 1 June 2017 for 28 months.

About the research

This project is about people who make a difference in communities. We call them Smart Urban Intermediaries. Urban neighbourhoods are sustained and mobilized by networks of key individuals who act as intermediaries, forging connections between and within communities, and between communities and institutions of urban governance. This research project seeks to advance knowledge about the role of urban intermediaries in developing social innovation and smart urban development, with the aim to enhance liveability and resilience, and work towards vibrant, accessible and inclusive communities.


JPI Urban Europe, ERA-NET Cofund Smart Urban Futures, including the UK Economic and Social Research Council

Co-operation partners

Alongside the academic consortium, the project includes a range of public and third sector Co-operation Partners across Europe: UK >  Snook, Involve, Department for Communities and Local Government, National Association for Neighbourhood Management, Birmingham City Council, Citizens UK Birmingham, Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector, Scottish Community Development Centre, Scotland’s Regeneration Forum (SURF), Inspiring Scotland and Glasgow City Council; Denmark > City of Copenhagen, Center for Citizen Dialogue, Gate 21; Netherlands > Landelijk Samenwerkingsverband Actieve bewoners, Landelijk Platform voor Buurt – en wijkgericht werken, Research Center for Social Innovation; Portugal > Centre for Social Studies.

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