The Transport Studies Unit at the University of Oxford is seeking to employ a Research Associate for a three year project on informal everyday mobilities in cities in Sub-Saharan Africa, and possibly in India and/or Colombia. The project will consider how and to what extent informal transport systems – (mini)bus, taxi, motorcycle/moped, tri/bicycle – enable upward social mobility and wellbeing for both end users and those, like drivers and operators, who provide such systems. It will combine multiple methods and data, including GPS data, interviews and ethnography, to explore a range of topics such as:
- the relationships between formal and informal transport services;
- the governing of informal services;
- the inclusion, marginalisation and exclusion of certain providers, potential users and places; and
- the effects on income, social networks, health and identity of providers, users and those dependent on both groups.
The exact topics will be determined in consultation with the successful candidate and partners in the PEAK-Urban research programme.
The project is part of the RCUK-GCRF funded PEAK Urban programme, in which various research groups across the University of Oxford collaborate with Universities in China (Peking University), South Africa (University of Cape Town), India (Indian Institute for Human Settlements) and Colombia (EAFIT University). See www.peak-urban.org for more details.
More information on the advertised post is available at https://www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/pls/hrisliverecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.display_form.
Please direct any informal enquiries to Tim Schwanen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The deadline for application is 12:00 pm on 3 January 2018.