Research Fellow in Human Geography Policy and Development -- Northumbria University Newcastle UK

Research Fellow in Human Geography Policy and Development

Newcastle City Campus, United Kingdom




Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, you will support the Principal Investigator in the delivery of research activity on the project entitled 'Debordering Europe through the 2022 Ukrainian Refugee Crisis: Analysis of Responses in the UK, Poland and Romania’. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) under the UK in a Changing Europe initiative, the project aims to analyse responses to the 2022 Ukrainian refugee crisis in three countries - Poland, Romania, and the UK. The project team will work across four groups of stakeholders in each country - policy-makers, third sector organisations, host communities, and refugees from Ukraine.


You will contribute primarily to research in Poland and the UK, including co-designing and administering surveys of refugee and host communities with third sector partner organisations, undertaking focus groups and interviews with the four stakeholder groups and supporting the senior fellow, Professor Kathryn Cassidy, with an in-depth policy analysis.




This Research Project is being delivered within the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences, which was ranked 2nd in the UK for research power in Geography and Environmental Studies in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework, with over 90% of research outputs and 100% of research impact rated as world-leading or internationally excellent. The role will be affiliated to the Social and Cultural Geographies Research Group. You will be expected to work closely with team members and senior fellows within the UK in a Changing Europe initiative, whose Hub is based at Kings College London and will also benefit from a targeted programme of activities for ECRs within the initiative.




Applicants should hold a doctorate in human geography or a related discipline and have demonstrable specialist expert knowledge in critical border or migration studies. They will be fluent in both English and Ukrainian and a working knowledge of Polish, Russian and/or Romanian will be an advantage, in addition to experience of research involving organisations from the third sector.


Further information about the requirements of the role is available in the person specification.


If you would like an informal discussion about the role, please contact Professor Kathryn Cassidy 


We welcome applications from the UK and across the world. Visit our web pages for details about Relocation Assistance




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