Job advertisement: Research Associate at Aston University, deadline 21st June 2015

Research Associate – Comparing Housing Policy in Britain and Germany
Aston University – Languages & Social Sciences
£27,057 Pro rata
Part Time
Contract Type:
Contract / Temporary
Placed on:
19th May 2015
21st June 2015
Job Ref:
Languages & Social Sciences (in association with IPPR)
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (Until 31 May 2016)
Basis:  Part Time (4 days per week)
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
This is an exciting opportunity to work on a project comparing housing policy in Britain and Germany, conducted jointly between Aston University and the think tank Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR).  The research is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
You will be supporting Dr Ed Turner (Aston University) and Dr Bill Davies (IPPR) in gathering quantitative and qualitative data on housing policy in Britain and particularly in Germany, surveying relevant literature, and assisting with the organisation and delivery of key project events, including some high-level policy seminars with participants from the two countries.  Full details of the project are available on request from Dr Ed Turner (
The role will principally be based at Aston University, at least for the first few months, in the heart of Birmingham.  However, we would expect that extensive travel to Germany, principally to Berlin (possibly to be based at the headquarters of the Social Science Research Centre WZB), will be required, and you will also travel to the Institute for Public Policy Research in London from time to time.  You will be responsible for gathering relevant quantitative and qualitative data, reviewing relevant literature, and assisting in the drafting of relevant reports and papers.  There will be the opportunity to work on co-authored publications for the right applicant.
This post would ideally suit someone with an interest in housing policy, and with a degree (MA level or equivalent) in a relevant social science discipline.  Excellent knowledge of English and German is a prerequisite.
Dr. Ed Turner
Lecturer in Politics
School of Languages and Social Sciences
Aston University
Aston Triangle
Birmingham B4 7ET
Office: NW802C

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