Research Associate (Digital Pathways)

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Oxford, ENGLAND
Deadline: 26 Feb 2020

Working as part of the new Digital Pathways initiative, the postholder will be an independent researcher in the early stages of their career, willing and able to undertake relevant research, engage with policymakers, and oversee small projects and programmes of work.

Building on the recently-concluded Pathways for Prosperity Commission – which was highly regarded for resetting parts of the global debate on technology in developing countries – the Blavatnik School of Government is now establishing Digital Pathways, a major cross-disciplinary research and policy programme to look at governance and public policy issues raised by new digital technologies. Leaders around the world must respond to emerging economic and social pressures from new technologies, but there is a dearth of evidence-based guidance or analysis as to how this should be done. The programme will combine top class academic research with practical, pragmatic support to policymakers.

The post, initially fixed-term for 12 months, will help shape the new initiative with leading academics including Stefan Dercon, Emily Jones, and Carl Benedikt Frey, among others. The post may be extended based on funding, and the likely formation of a longer research initiative or centre at the school around this theme.

You will undertake original, world-class research in the governance of new technologies for publication in leading academic journals or books; adapt existing and develop new research methodologies and materials; develop ideas for new avenues of exploration, as well as ideas for generating research income, and present these to senior managers; engage with policy makers to better understand the possibilities and challenges from new digital technologies; and contribute to wider project planning and the priorities and evolution of this new longer research initiative.

You will have (or be near to completion of) a PhD in a related field such as economics, econometrics, political economy, public policy, public administration, computer science, science and technology studies, international development, or business.

You will also have relevant applied research experience, which has the potential to have impact on public policy and practice; a track record of internationally excellent publications, commensurate with the candidate’s career stage; and the ability to innovate and take the initiative on developing new projects and methodologies.

Applicants will be required to upload a CV, a supporting statement, two sole-authored writing samples and provide details of two referees as part of the online application.

For full details of the post and employee benefits, please refer to the full job description below.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Wednesday 26 February 2020.

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