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Post-Doctoral Research Assistant

Are you an ambitious early-career researcher looking for a short-term appointment to use your skills in research synthesis to contribute to an exciting AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund project, working in partnership with the University of Leeds and the British Council and to build your C.V.?

We are currently seeking to recruit a four-month Postdoctoral Research Assistant to work with Changing the Story. This is a four-year, youth-focussed participatory action research programme investigating how civil society organisations in twelve post-conflict ODA countries can best support young people actively to shape their societies. We currently manage a portfolio of 22 projects that range from investigating youth-led social entrepreneurship in Malaysia and Cambodia to working with a number of Ministries of Education and Social Development in order to create national curricula on a range of topics, including critical and creative thinking (Rwanda and Kenya) civic education (Kosovo, Kenya and Nepal) and youth leadership (South Africa).

Our key partner in this project is the British Council, the UK's international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. The British Council works with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. It has years of experience of supporting young people globally to actively participate in their societies, not least through its very successful Active Citizens programme and Next Generation research series.

The aim of the PDRA position is to produce a report that synthesises the key research findings from both Changing the Story and the British Council’s work in order maximise the learning from this work for both organisations and to organise a policy-focussed event where its findings can be shared with the wider community of youth-focussed development organisations.

You will work directly with Professor Paul Cooke (Principal Investigator of Changing the Story) and Christine Wilson (Head of Research, British Council), with the option of being based either at Leeds or with the British Council in one of their UK locations. You will have access to both locations, wherever you are based.

Specifically, and in addition having the strong logistical and administrative skills required to organise the policy event, we are looking for a well-qualified individual with expertise in youth-led Global Development who understands how to communicate academic research to policy makers.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Professor Paul Cooke, Principal Investigator, Changing the Story, email:

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Cultures
School/Institute:  School of Languages, Cultures and Societies
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 6
Salary:  £27,511 to £32,817 p.a. pro rata
Working Time:  18 hours per week
Post Type:  Part Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (From 1st February 2020 to 31st May 2020)
Release Date:  Friday 03 January 2020
Closing Date:  Friday 17 January 2020
Reference:  AHCLC1105
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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