Research Associate at the University of Oxford

Research Associate on climate migrant mobilities in Ethiopia

We are seeking a Research Associate in Urban Development to conduct theoretically-informed, empirically grounded research about climate migrant mobilities in Ethiopia. The study will examine how climate migrants adapt to life in Addis Ababa’s informal settlements and how host communities in those settlements respond to their arrival and cope with the potentially extra pressures on resources and infrastructures.

The research is part of on an interdisciplinary research programme on Informal Cities funded by the Oxford Martin School and the University of Oxford. It brings together researchers from four departments in our University: School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography (COMPAS), School of Geography and the Environment (Transport Studies Unit), the Mathematical Institute, and Medicine (George Institute for Global Health). The advertised post will be based in the Transport Studies Unit and the post holder will collaborate closely with Prof Tim Schwanen (Transport Studies Unit), Prof Michael Keith (COMPAS) and colleagues in the Informal Cities programme.

The post holder must hold, or be close to completing, a PhD in anthropology, geography, urban studies or related fields and excellent skills in the conduct of research using ethnographic methods. They will have prior experience of conducting research Addis Ababa or elsewhere in Ethiopia, including language competency in Amharic. In-depth understanding of theoretical approaches to the study of climate change-induced mobilities (e.g. migration), urban infrastructures and everyday life in the city is essential. A good research and publication record, judged by the candidate's career stage, is a must.

The post is full-time for a fixed-term of 24 months, and more information is available here

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. Applications are required to upload a CV and supporting statement as part of their online application.
The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon (UK time) on Friday 10 January 2020, and interviews are likely be held in the week commencing 20 January 2020.

Please contact Tim Schwanen ( for informal inquiries.