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Research Fellow in Energy Justice and Transitions ref 3033

School/department: School of Business, Management and Economics, Science Policy 
Research Unit (SPRU)
Hours: full time
Contract: fixed term until 30 May 2020
Reference:  3033
Salary: starting at £32,548 and rising to £38,833 per annum
Placed on: 9 March 2018
Closing date:  13 April 2018.  Applications must be received by midnight of the 
closing date.
Expected interview date: Week commencing 16 April 2018
Expected start date: 1 June 2018

Job description

The Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), within the School of Business, 
Management and Economics, conducts research, consultancy and postgraduate 
teaching in the area of science, technology, and innovation. SPRU comprises 
over 70 faculty and 40 doctoral students and is ranked third in the world and 
the highest in the UK in a global list of think tanks in science and technology.

SPRU includes the Sussex Energy Group (SEG), a leading social science research 
group in the area of energy and climate policy that focuses in particular on 
the transition to sustainable, low carbon energy systems. SEG's research falls 
under six themes:

(1) Energy innovation and transitions, (2) Economics and finance, (3) Energy 
justice, (4) Energy demand and behaviour, (5) Smart infrastructure, and (6) 
Energy supply technologies.

SPRU wishes to appoint a Research Fellow in Energy Justice and Transitions to 
support both SEG as well as the Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand. The 
fellow will examine the political economy and justice implications of 
low-carbon energy transitions, and also co-lead the research design, analysis, 
and writing of four case studies of justice and decarbonisation:

Nuclear power in France, solar PV in Germany, electric vehicles in Norway, and 
smart meters in the UK. Furthermore, the fellow will investigate how smart and 
digital energy systems influence energy-related user practices (e.g. working 
remotely, changing leisure patterns) and how those changes may affect energy 

This could examine issues such as diffusion of smart meters, user acceptance of 
smart homes and potential for teleworking.  They will lastly assist with other 
outputs examining conceptual and empirical applications of energy transitions 
and/or energy justice.

The successful applicant must have a demonstrable record of designing, 
conducting, and publishing interdisciplinary social science research on energy 
and climate policy, including topics such as energy transitions, smart energy 
systems, energy justice, and/or energy and innovation.

Desirable criteria include formal research methods training or experience, 
especially with qualitative case studies, expert interviews, survey design and 
analysis, systematic reviews, and/or meta-analysis.  Candidates with 
multi-methods training and experience writing comparative analysis are 
especially encouraged to apply.

Informal enquiries can be directed at Professor Benjamin Sovacool 

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