Research Associate, WISERD

Updated: 3 days ago
Location: Cardiff, WALES


Research Associate, WISERD

The Wales Institute for Economic Research & Data (WISERD)  has been awarded £8m of funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and a further £4.6m of funding from its partner Universities to undertake a five year programme of policy relevant research addressing Civil Society, Civic Stratification and Civil repair in Wales, the UK and Internationally. 

The WISERD research centre, that is based within Cardiff University School of Social Sciences, is looking to recruit a Research Associate. The successful candidate will be part of an interdisciplinary research team on the work package ‘Foundational economy, citizenship and new forms of common ownership’. The aim is to explore how Foundational Economy approaches can promote civic gain. This will include seeking out and analysing how place based solutions and experiments, with social mechanisms and new institutional forms in different parts of the world, can provide the material basis for citizenship.  This will involve comparative research utilising mixed methods. You will also work to consolidate and extend the work of Foundational Economy International Network.
The post will be based within WISERD (at Cardiff University) and will be line managed by Prof Ian Rees Jones as part of a project team involving Professor Filippo Barbera (University of Turin), Professor Julie Froud (Manchester University). Professor Kevin Morgan (Cardiff University) and Professor Karel Williams (Manchester University).

This is a full time post, fixed term for 2 years, available from the 1st October 2020.
Salary: £33,797 - £40,322 per annum (Grade 6)
For further details contact Professor Ian Rees Jones

Dare advert posted: Thursday, 9 July 2020

Closing date: Sunday, 9 August 2020

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

Job Description


  • To conduct research within the WISERD ESRC Centre addressing the Foundational Economy, citizenship and new forms of common ownership; and contribute to the overall research performance of the Centre and University by the production of measurable outputs including publishing in national academic journals and other high quality outputs.
  • To consolidate and extend the work of Foundational Economy International Network including its annual international conference.
  • To develop research objectives and proposals for own research in the field of Foundational Economy including research funding proposals.
  • To attend and/ or present at conferences/seminars at a local, national and international level, as required.
  • To undertake administrative tasks associated with the research project, including the planning and organisation of the project and the implementation of procedures required to ensure accurate and timely reporting.
  • To prepare research ethics and research governance applications as appropriate.
  • To review and synthesise existing research literature within the field.
  • To participate in School research activities.
  • To contribute to building and creating networks both internally and externally to the university, including international networks, to influence decisions, explore future research requirements, and share research ideas for the benefit of research projects.
  • To actively contribute to WISERD's training and capacity building programme.
  • To take an active role in the WISERD community, contributing to relevant research meetings, associated events and activities across the Institute as required.
  • To work with the WISERD Communications Officer to ensure that information on the project and its findings are disseminated appropriately and effectively to a range of stakeholders.
  • To maximise the impact of WISERD's research programme by engaging effectively in knowledge exchange and engagement activity with research users and non-academic partners.
  • To provide information and reports to the WISERD Hub and to meet funder and institute requirements in relation to reporting, specifically in relation to ResearchFish as requested and in a timely manner.
  • To engage effectively with industrial, commercial and public sector organisations, professional institutions, other academic institutions etc., regionally, nationally and internationally as appropriate  to raise awareness of the Centre’s profile, to cultivate strategically valuable alliances, and to pursue opportunities for collaboration across a range of activities. These activities are expected to contribute to the School and the enhancement of its regional and national profile.
  • To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to and which will enhance performance.
  • Any other duties not included above, but consistent with the role.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

  • Postgraduate degree at PhD level in a related subject area or equivalent or relevant industrial policy experience
  • An established expertise and proven portfolio of research in any of the following or related disciplines:
    •  economic sociology,
    •  economic geography
    •  political economy
  • Knowledge of current status of research in specialist fields as stated above or relevant related discipline.
  • Proven ability to disseminate research effectively including through conferences and publication in high-quality journals and books.
  • Knowledge and understanding of competitive research funding to be able to develop applications to funding bodies
  • Proven ability in effective and persuasive communication (written and oral) with a well developed ability to liaise with external collaborators and research partners, often at a variety of levels.
  • Ability to work in interdisciplinary teams.
  • Proven ability to manage qualitative fieldwork and good knowledge of quantitative analysis and techniques.
  • Proven ability to work without close supervision.
  • Proven ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and team-working along with an ability to prioritise and meet deadlines within the framework of an agreed research programme.
  • Desirable Criteria
    • Evidence of ability to participate in and develop external networks and utilise them to enhance the research activities of the Centre.
    • Experience of giving presentations at conferences and meetings.
    • Proven ability to conduct mixed methods research.
    • Evidence of ability to communicate and co-operate effectively with non-academic organisations including in government, third sector and business.
    • Willingness and ability to work away from Cardiff for significant periods when required.
    • Ability to speak another European language.


    The Person Specification is split into 2 sections: essential and desirable.  Please demonstrate clearly how you meet all of the essential criteria.  Where possible you should give examples of how, when and where you have used your experience, knowledge, specific skills and abilities to match those required for this particular job role.

    Please ensure that you communicate this fully by creating a supporting statement document, listing all of the criteria and commenting against each one as to how you meet them.  This will need to be completed before you begin making your application on line as you will be required to upload it. 

    When attaching the supporting statement to your application profile, please ensure that you put your name and the  vacancy reference number, e.g. Supporting Statement for NAME 9980BR.’

    The desirable section contains a list of skills, qualifications and experience that it would be beneficial for the jobholder to have.

    All short-listing decisions will be based initially on essential criteria, with desirable being used to further select or deselect candidates as appropriate. 

    We interview those candidates who are the closest match to the identified criteria.

    Additional Information

    The Wales Institute for Economic Research and Data (WISERD)

    The Wales Institute for Economic Research and Data (WISERD) has been awarded £8m of funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and a further £4.6m of funding from its partner Universities to undertake a five year programme of policy relevant research addressing Civil Society, Civic Stratification and Civil repair in Wales, the UK and Internationally. Research will be inter-institutional and multidisciplinary and will aim to produce new evidence on the changing nature of civil society.
    As well as the five WISERD partner institutions of Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff, Swansea and South Wales universities, WISERD Civil Society also includes co-investigators from Roehampton, Manchester, Manchester Met, Staffordshire and UCL universities as well as international collaborators from Europe, North America, South America, Asia  and Australia.
    This post will involve travel to meetings and interviews within the UK as well as travel to interviews and meetings in at least two other European countries.

    Cardiff University School of Social Sciences

    The School of Social Sciences is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in research and teaching across a range of subject areas, including social policy, sociology, criminology, education, social psychology, and social work.

    Over 220 staff (including over 30 professors and 60 researchers) are involved in a substantial programme of research - both fundamental and strategic - funded by ESRC, AHRC, MRC, charitable foundations, the European Union, Central Government departments and agencies and voluntary associations. Since its creation in 1999, the School has received over 25 million pounds for funded research.  In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework the School was ranked third for research quality in Sociology and joint fifth for research quality in Education. Cardiff University was ranked second for research impact and fifth overall for research quality.

    The School has a large student population, with almost 1000 undergraduates, and 300 postgraduates (including 100 doctoral students).  The School has ESRC recognition for doctoral training in the fields of Criminology, Social Policy, Sociology, Education, and Science, Technology and Innovation. Our taught and postgraduate research programmes welcome students from around the world.

    The School hosts a number of research centres and institutes, including the Universities’  Police Studies Institute (UPSI), now part of the University’s Crime & Security Research Institute; Wales Institute for Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD); Children's Social Care Research and Development Centre (CASCADE); the Centre for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer); Cardiff Unit for Research and Evaluation in Medical and Dental Education (CUREMeDE); and the Seafarers’ International Research Centre (SIRC). Many of the School’s research centres will soon be housed in the Social Science Research Park (SPARK), which is currently being developed as part of Cardiff University’s new Innovation Campus.

    Further details of the School’s activities can be found on our home page:
    Cardiff University School of Social Sciences holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award that recognises good employment practice and a commitment to develop the careers of women working in academia. Cardiff University is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. We actively encourage women to apply. We will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share opportunities.

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