Research Fellow in Creative and Gender Transformative Climate Action in Uganda at the University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Research Fellow in Creative and Gender Transformative Climate Action in Uganda

Are you a talented and creative researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a background in applied ethnographic research and creative methodologies? Are you passionate about better understanding how social inequalities – particularly gender, sexuality and age – manifest in uneven impacts of climate change? Would you like to join an engaged research team that builds partnerships between communities, stakeholders and artists in marginalised urban environments to challenge these inequalities through gender-transformative climate action?

You will work with Dr Katie McQuaid, a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow, on the research project ‘Gender, Generation and Climate Change (GENERATE): Creative Approaches to Building Inclusive and Climate Resilient Cities in Uganda and Myanmar’, funded by UK Research and Innovation. GENERATE explores the ‘gender-age-urban’ interface of climate change. As catastrophic and slow-onset climate events emerge and increase across the world, and growing numbers migrate to urban centres, GENERATE will combine and mobilise social science and applied arts methodologies to deliver new evidence on how gendered, sexualised and generational patterns and structures of exclusion can increase urban residents’ vulnerability to climate change and reduce their ability to adapt and benefit equitably from climate action and sustainable development.

The post will be based in the School of Geography at the University of Leeds, but you will spend a minimum of nine months in Uganda conducting fieldwork. Working in three cities in Uganda, a country highly vulnerable to climate change, you will investigate different perspectives on the ‘gender-age-urban’ interface from ‘above’ (international, national and local policymakers, institutions, governance) and ‘below’ (everyday experiences and practices of people living in urban settings). You will help to build partnerships with marginalised communities, artists, and diverse stakeholders. This will allow us to: i) creatively apply findings to co-produce, implement and evaluate strategies for gender-transformative climate action; ii) examine how creative methodologies can challenge unequal power relations; and iii) raise the profile and participation of marginalised groups in urban climate planning and policy.

You will have a PhD or equivalent postdoctoral research experience in Anthropology, Social Geography, Gender and/or Development Studies. Experience of undertaking collaborative, applied and creative ethnographic research in Uganda or a closely related context is essential. A developing high-quality publishing track record is required.

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