Senior Research Associate - Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

University of Bristol
Bristol, United Kingdom
£38,017 - £42,792
Mar 19, 2021
Apr 11, 2021
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
The role

This full time three year post is to work on a large UKRI/ESRC funded research project. The post holder will work with Principal Investigator Dr Helen Manchester and Co-Investigator's Professor Kirsten Cater, Dr. Paul Clarke, Dr. Kirsty Sedgman and Dr. Paul Mitchell to deliver an innovative and ambitious project, 'Connecting through culture as we age: Digital Innovation for Healthy Ageing.' The aim of the project is to tackle the complex problem of how to increase participation in social and cultural life for all as we age which has been shown to make a vital contribution to raising quality of life. The project will address the fundamental issue that arts and cultural participation drops dramatically in older populations and that disabled, Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) and socioeconomically deprived older people are even less likely to participate. It will tackle inequalities related to accessibility and content of digital arts and cultural provision, enable vital R&D and establish new business models to encourage digital innovation in the arts and cultural sector to support healthy ageing.

What will you be doing?

The experienced researcher will be working alongside older people as co-researchers, co-designing methods and approaches to audience research, exploring questions related to digital cultural participation and the involvement of older adults in co-design. They will be expected to conduct literature review on digital cultural participation, digital exclusion and social connectivity and wellbeing in relation to older people, establish and secure the success of a co-researcher programme, plan, conduct and analyse mixed method, creative research and assist and take the lead in writing for different audiences and designing innovative knowledge exchange activities.

You should apply if

We are seeking an experienced researcher with an excellent track record in qualitative research, including participatory and creative methods, and with an interest in mixed method research to join our interdisciplinary team. You should have an excellent track record in working in collaborative teams (including across academia and community and/or cultural organisations), a demonstrable ability to write well for a variety of audiences and excellent organizational skills.

We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us.

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