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Message posted on 07/01/2019

Post-doc, EU Shale Gas Controversies, Birmingham UK

Dear all

The University of Birmingham is hiring a 10-months post-doctoral
researcher to join my ESRC-funded grant 'Geo-logics and Geo-politics:
The Collective Governance of EU Shale Gas Development':

Please circulate widely to potential candidates and feel free to contact
me with any questions via email The deadline for
applications is 31st January, with interviews scheduled on 21st February.

Research Fellow in EU Shale Gas Controversies

The prospect of shale gas development has generated remarkable
scientific and political controversy across Europe, with countries
taking opposite approaches by either embracing or banning the industry.
Given the lack of reliable geological knowledge and prevailing
uncertainties in exploring new subsurface resources, what is the
potential of these controversies to transform science-policy relations
and public engagement with extractive industries? The post-doc joins an
ESRC-funded project ‘Geo-logics and Geo-politics: The Collective
Governance of European Shale Gas Development’ to explore this question
at the level of both the EU and national authorities (Poland and the
UK). This research also engages with emerging conceptual debates on
‘political geology’ across the social sciences.

The post-doc will collect primary data through a variety of social
science research methods, which requires travelling for overseas
fieldwork. They must be able to present research outputs to different
audiences through both oral and written mediums, and to contribute to
the organisation of project’s events, as well as future research
networks and collaborations.

Previous experience in qualitative research methods, including
interviews, participant observation and field research. Excellent
written and spoken communication skills in English, and ability to
communicate complex ideas clearly. Experience in social network analysis
and additional language skills in Polish or German are desired, but not

The candidate should hold a PhD/DPhil degree (or have submitted by the
time of interview) in Human Geography, Science and Technology Studies,
Anthropology, Sociology or a related discipline. It is desirable to have
previous experience in the analysis of techno-scientific controversies,
particularly in the context of extractive industries and/or energy

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,395 to £39,609.
With potential progression once in post to £42,036 a year.

Closing date:   31st January 2019            Reference: 59660

Applications must be submitted via the University of Birmingham website.
A full job description is available here:

Further information on the ESRC grant can be found at:

Best wishes

Kärg Kama

Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Birmingham

Honorary Research Associate, University of Oxford
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