Location: Whiteknights UK

Deadline: 1 August 2016

Salary: 0.25 FTE of a Grade 5 (£23,619-£28,145 per annum pro rata) and 0.75 FTE student stipend at RCUK level

PhD/Graduate Teaching Assistant position available at University of Reading

Family relations and ethics of care across space: refugee children’s and families’ experiences in the South East of England

Supervisors: Dr. Ruth Evans and Sally Lloyd-Evans, Human Geography Research Cluster, Global Development Research Division

Applications are invited for the post of Graduate Teaching Assistant. The appointed person will be registered for a Part-Time PhD, while holding a contract of employment from the University of Reading which encompasses both doctoral studies and teaching responsibilities with an associated salary.

This innovative participatory action research (PAR) project will explore how family relations and an ethics of care are sustained across space in the context of forced migration and seeking asylum in the UK. Sustaining social ties and caring relations with family members in countries of origin or other settlement countries while seeking asylum may be particularly challenging, in view of conflict and displacement, limited entitlements to support and restrictions on mobility (Ottosdottir and Evans, 2014).  A PAR methodology, which recognises that marginalised groups play an active role in the construction of their lives and the societies in which they live, is considered most appropriate (Kindon et al, 2007). This collaborative approach may benefit refugee families, addressing some of the power imbalances in conventional research. Visual community arts projects have considerable potential to achieve ‘depth’ of impact, leading to peer support, empowerment and other changes that may become a turning point in young people’s lifecourse and may flatten power hierarchies (Macpherson et al, 2014). Through being embedded in key partner organisations, the candidate will recruit a diverse sample of refugee and asylum-seeking families living in the South East.

Teaching duties: The successful candidate will contribute to Human Geography research methods and fieldclass teaching and supervision and assist in co-ordinating Participation Lab activities (see blog below). The appointed person will be expected to deliver seminars and tutorials to groups of 10-20 students on a regular basis, to undertake assessment marking and to undertake undergraduate dissertation supervision. They will be expected to complete the required training and development activities as specified by the Department, achieving AFHEA status within the first two years of appointment. Teaching duties will not exceed nine hours of teaching and learning work (of which no more than six will be contact hours) during term time.

The post will commence on 19th September 2016, for a period of 4 years. Although six potential topics are being advertised, only one post will be appointed to the strongest candidate.

For the job description, person specification and to apply: https://www.reading.ac.uk/15/about/jobs/about-job-details.aspx?vacancy_id=763571AoAM

For informal enquiries, please contact:

Dr. Ruth Evans
Associate Professor in Human Geography
Department of Geography & Environmental Science
University of Reading
Whiteknights PO Box 227
Reading RG6 6AB, UK
Tel. +44 (0)118 378 7755
Email: r.evans@reading.ac.uk

Read more about current research project: https://blogs.reading.ac.uk/deathinthefamilyinsenegal/

Read more about the Participation Lab: https://blogs.reading.ac.uk/participation-lab


Kindon, S., Pain, R. and Kesby, M. (eds) (2007) Participatory action research approaches and methods : connecting people, participation and place. London: Routledge

Macpherson, H., Hart, A., Heaver, B. (2014) Impacts between academic researchers and community partners: some critical reflections on impact agendas in a “Visual Arts for Resilience” research project, ACME, 27-32

Ottosdottir, G. and Evans, R. (2014) ‘Ethics of care in supporting disabled forced migrants:  interactions with professionals and ethical dilemmas in health and social care in the South-East of England’, British Journal of Social Work, 44, 1, 53–69

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