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Senior Research Associate

Salary:   £34,804 to £40,322
Closing Date:   Monday 21 June 2021
Interview Date:   Wednesday 30 June 2021
Reference:  A3394

Applications are invited for a full time Senior Research Associate (Grade 7) position to work for 13 months in the Sociology Department at Lancaster University on a project developing a framework for reflexive ‘societal readiness’ assessment for low carbon innovation.  

This project is part of the Social Acceptance and Societal Readiness theme in the DecarboN8 project. (For more information on the Social Acceptance and Societal Readiness theme, see:

The job is to design and undertake research in developing and evaluating a reflexive Societal Readiness Levels (SRL) Framework. Drawing on fields including mobilities research, science and technology studies, sociology of innovation, and environmental sociology, the aim of the project is to develop a reflexive framework for societal readiness assessment. This is focused on innovation in low carbon mobilities, but has broader relevance for responsible research and innovation. This research will inform socio-technical innovation within the DecarboN8 project and beyond.

This work will involve developing the empirical and theoretical foundation for the societal readiness assessment framework, conducting formative evaluation of prototype tools and methods, working with the existing DecarboN8 project Stakeholder Reference Group, developing existing connections with public authorities, organisations, and stakeholders, including citizens, and developing new links, collecting and analysing qualitative data, such as interviews with key stakeholders. Part of the work will include collaboration with the UK Connected Places Catapult (

This is a full-time post. You will join us on an indefinite contract however, the role remains contingent on external funding which, at this time is for 13 months.

To apply, you will need a PhD in a relevant social science discipline (e.g. Sociology, Geography); an interest in socio-technical innovation, low-carbon societal transformation, responsible research and innovation, affirmative critique, and co-creation; knowledge of social science debates in the field of mobilities and sustainability, science and technology studies, responsible research and innovation, and experience of qualitative research and stakeholder engagement.

Your application should include a supporting personal statement of how your past experience and your current and future research activities will contribute to this project. If invited for interview, we will ask you to provide us with a copy of a recent publication.

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Monika Büscher

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