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Research Associate x3 A3224 Job at Lancaster University

This is an exciting opportunity for three talented and experienced researchers to work within a multidisciplinary research programme and network. We welcome applicants with a background in business, sociology, anthropology or other social science disciplines; with specialisms in sustainability, marketing, consumer behaviour, organisational behaviour or supply chain management. The researchers will contribute to the UKRI NERC funded “Plastic Packaging in Peoples’ Lives (PPiPL): Bridging the consumer attitude behaviour gap” project led by Lancaster University in collaboration with 11 project partners. The researchers will be based at Lancaster University and function as part of a specialist cluster working on sustainability issues and innovations within the Centre for Consumption Insights (CCI). The PPiPL project centres on the delivery of innovative solutions in the drive to eliminate problematic or unnecessary food plastic packaging waste.

Work on the research project includes direct contact with households, businesses, NGOs, government in the UK as key study stakeholders. The PPiPL project will deploy a mix of qualitative methods to address food plastic packaging challenges and generate actionable guidance for policy, key supply chain stakeholders and consumers.  You will be familiar with and experienced in undertaking ethnographic fieldwork and/or action research. You should also be experienced with producing literature reviews, organising and leading focus groups and workshops, undertaking in-depth face to face/virtual interviews, managing & evaluating projects and engaging in knowledge exchange with society in relation to the field of research.

Within the research team you will take a key role in planning, coordinating and delivering the research project while having a flexible working schedule to respond to project requirements and timelines.  We expect you to take a proactive leadership role in the implementation of the PiPPL’s research and publication strategy as well as contributing positively to the sustainability cluster as a whole.

These posts offer opportunities for career development and contributions to the intellectual life of a thriving research community and project within a top 10 UK University. There could also be opportunities to travel to research sites and meetings across the UK. The posts are available on a fixed term contract for different durations of the programme (between January 2021 to October 2023).

• Post-Doctoral Research Associate 1 – up to 34 months fixed term, dependent on January 2021 start date.
• Post-Doctoral Research Associate 1 – 24 months fixed term, start date January 2021
• Post-Doctoral Research Associate 1 – 24 months fixed term, start date April 2021  

Please direct informal enquiries to Dr Alison Stowell, email:

We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis, as well as the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address equality issues in higher education and research.

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

Closing Date: 23 Dec 2020

Category: Research

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