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Research Associate: Designing Research Tools for Household Studies in Ghana

Institute for the Contemporary Arts
Salary:   £27,285 to £31,604 pro rata
Closing Date:   Tuesday 28 November 2017
Interview Date:   Monday 11 December 2017
Reference:  A2054

This is an AHRC funded international project and is a collaboration between Lancaster University, and the Noguchi Memorial Institute of Medical Research at Ghana University.

Dust Bunny, uniquely combines design research and microbiology to provide an informed assessment of societal practices in domestic cleanliness and novel solution to reduce infections in the home.  Bacteria found in the natural and built environment (e.g. homes, schools, hospitals, etc.) are showing resistance to antimicrobial drugs - making infectious disease more difficult to treat. What this means is that in the not-too-distant future, something as simple as a minor cut infection could become life-threatening. Despite being clear evidence for microbial exposure and infection transmission within the home, there has been less research effort invested in understanding the home environment as a potential vehicle for infection, due to difficulty of conducting detailed studies. Although there are hygiene guidelines available for preventing infection in the home environment, these are targeted at hygiene professionals and do not reach the everyday household in Ghana.
Within this context, the Dust Bunny project aims at developing an understanding of the home as a source of infection of bacteria, which may be resistant to antibiotics, which are associated with dust. This will be done by exploring hygiene practices across different home environments in Ghana, with the ultimate aim to reduce bacterial infection in the home environment thereby reducing Anti-Microbial Resistance. 

You will be expected to lead the design-based research, data analysis and dissemination, by employing participatory design research methods, design ethnography and develop design and dissemination material for the project in close cooperation with the research associates in the research partner institute in Ghana. Furthermore the multidisciplinary nature of the project requires you to be involved integrating design features driven also by microbial data.

You will be based in the UK at Lancaster University but will be required to travel once or twice during the post to Ghana.
This is a 0.7 fte fixed term appointment for 22 months in line with external funding.  

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Dr Emmanuel Tsekleves (  
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