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Postdoctoral Research Associate: Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP)

School of Fine & Performing Arts

Location:  Lincoln
Salary:   From £34,304 per annum
Please note, this post is full time and fixed term until 31 July 2024.
Closing Date:   Wednesday 02 February 2022
Interview Date:   Friday 25 February 2022
Reference:  COA372A

We are inviting applications for a Post-doctoral Research Associate for a large international, multi-disciplinary AHRC GCRF Network Plus project entitled Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP): Informing the National Curriculum and Youth Policy for Peacebuilding in Kyrgyzstan, Rwanda, Indonesia and Nepal. This is a youth-focussed participatory action research project. MAP aims to explore the use of interdisciplinary arts-based practices (performance, film, visual arts, dance, music, traditional cultural forms, etc.) for peacebuilding in collaboration with young people, educators, artists, researchers, civil society workers, and policy-makers.

The post is an exciting opportunity for a researcher to join a dynamic international research team. Our team is drawn from different sectors (academia, policy, education, the arts and civil society); is interdisciplinary in approach (performance studies, education, childhood and youth studies, international relations, peace and conflict studies, psychology, development studies and social policy) and global in scope (Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Rwanda and the UK). Our collective expertise and the scale of our existing global networks offer us the unique opportunity to address Global Challenges and to contribute to strengthening the much-needed evidence base for effective policy and programmes which engage children and youth in conflict prevention and positive peacebuilding.

Activities conducted by the PDRA include: a) literature surveys and other investigations; b) programme of research under the direction of the Principal Investigator and to lead in the production of research outputs including blogs, reports and papers; c) project management activities, planning, scheduling, monitoring and reporting on progress of research projects; d) liaising with internal and external international collaborators maintaining positive and effective working relationships; e) data collection, management and analysis; f) organisation of research activities including research meetings, webinars and conferences; and g) contribution to the production of grant applications.

The successful candidate will be qualified to at least PhD level in a relevant subject (participatory arts-based and qualitative research methods and international research experience desirable). Previous appropriate methods training and experience are essential. The PDRA will be involved in all aspects of the research but will primarily focus on data collection and management, data coding/analysis, and data dissemination (reporting, arts-based outputs, publications). Also, the coordination of research events (webinars, conferences) working with collaborators and interpreters as necessary.

Excellent written and communication skills are essential, as the PDRA will need to support the production and editorial process of outputs including the MAP website, blogs, arts-based outputs, academic publications and reports.

The post holder will work directly with Professor Ananda Breed, University of Lincoln (Principal Investigator of MAP) and Co-Investigators from Kyrgyzstan, Rwanda, Indonesia and Nepal alongside the central MAP team and in-country teams. For further information, feel free to contact Ananda directly at

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Please note: If you are not a British or Irish citizen you will require permission to work in the UK. This will normally be in the form of a visa, however, if you are an EU/EEA/Swiss citizen and resident in the UK before 31 December 2020, this may be your status under the EU Settlement Scheme. Please refer to UK Visas and Immigration for further information and to consider your eligibility requirements to work in the UK prior to your application.