Post-doctoral Research Position: Political Ecologies of Water Infrastructure

December 4 2017

Research Fellow – Community water infrastructures
(Post-Doctoral Researcher)

Application due date : 12 Noon (Irish Standard Mean Time) on Wednesday 3rd January 2018

Post Summary
The EPA-funded research project WISDOM (Group Water Schemes: Community Infrastructure for Sustainable Development) based in the Department of Geography, Trinity College Dublin, is seeking to appoint a Research Fellow (Post-Doctoral Researcher) working in the fields of political ecology and/or science and technology studies, preferably with a research interest in the core themes of water and/or infrastructure. The position is offered for 12 months on a Full-Time basis. The WISDOM project will examine the phenomenon of Group Water Schemes in Ireland within the
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context of: (1) complex political economic pressures, regulatory demands, and changing environmental conditions; (2) current theoretical debates on the material politics of infrastructures within political ecology, science and technology studies, and anthropology. Group Water Schemes are community-managed water infrastructures that provide drinking water to approximately 7% of the Irish population. While Group Water Schemes are often understood as a minor, even residual component of Ireland’s water system, this project approaches them as potentially important sites for re-thinking key questions relating to the entwined political ecologies of water and infrastructure.
The successful applicant will be a core member of the WISDOM team – led by Dr Patrick Bresnihan (Assistant Professor in Geography and WISDOM’s Principal Investigator) and including 1 other Post-Doctoral Researcher. The successful candidate will be expected to collaborate closely with other team members based in Dublin, as well as travelling for fieldwork and conference presentations. The successful candidate will be hosted in the Department of Geography, School of Natural Sciences, on the main Trinity Campus.

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