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Research Assistant in European Urban Security

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a research interest in crime prevention and urban security? Are you committed to advancing understanding and practice on urban security across European cities in partnership with non-academic public and civic organisations? Do you want to further your career at a leading research-intensive University?

You will work with Professor Adam Crawford, at the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies in the School of Law, to conduct and support research activities on the EU funded project IcARUS: Innovative Approaches to Urban Security. This is a large-scale Horizon 2020 programme of research led by the European Forum on Urban Security, involving 18 partners across Europe. It will focus on implementing change in six major European cities. Working with a team at Leeds and in collaboration with partners, you will play an important role, assuming significant fieldwork and data collection responsibilities. You will assist in the preparation of a review of the best evidence from urban security research and practice over the last 30 years to inform the implementation of an integrated, evidence-based and multi-stakeholder approach to prominent urban security problems in the partner cities.

With either a doctorate (or close to completion) or a postgraduate degree and significant work experience that is relevant to this research field, you will support project work that will include: collecting data; synthesising existing evidence, report writing and liaising with project partners.

You will have a sound grasp of crime and security issues (preferably regarding European jurisdictions), skills in interviewing and synthesis, and excellent analytical and report writing skills. The ability to work alone and as part of a team is essential, along with strong organisational skills and the ability to deal with a variety of tasks delivered to set deadlines. Applicants able to converse in and read other European languages (notably German, French, Italian, Spanish or Portuguese) are particularly welcome. The post will involve significant travel across Europe to undertake fieldwork or to attend project meetings and partner events. You will be supported to develop your own research skills profile through a dedicated training allowance as part of the project. 

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

Professor Adam Crawford 

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 5045, email:

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Social Sciences
School/Institute:  School of Law
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 6
Salary:  £27,511 to £32,817 p.a.
Working Time:  100%
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (12 months)
Release Date:  Thursday 13 February 2020
Closing Date:  Monday 16 March 2020
Reference:  ESLLW1138
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  
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