Research Associate in Social Policy and Social Work
University of York Department of Social Policy and Social Work
United Kingdom

Research Associate

Department:Social Policy and Social Work
Based at:University of York
Hours of work:Part-time
Contract status:Fixed term
Salary:33,309- 40,927 per year (reduced for pro rata)
Posted Date:02/11/2021
Apply by:30/11/2021
Job Reference:10015

Role Description


The post is based in the Centre for Housing Policy (CHP) which is part of the Department for Social Policy and Social Work (SPSW), which is a world class research community focussed on social inequalities and social harm. SPSW is well known for its emphasis on theoretically-rich and empirically-grounded research that directly influences policy and practice. CHP is an interdisciplinary research group within the department focused on increasing equality and quality of life in housing and the built environment.


The role relates to CODE ENCOUNTERS, a multi-disciplinary Nuffield Foundation research project focussed on the use of algorithms to shape access to housing. The role is critical to this two year project that aims to provide insight into how the data that circulates around and about us is used to shape our housing outcomes.  The main duties will involve undertaking literature and data reviews, qualitative in-depth interviews with housing market professionals, homebuyers and tenants, writing papers, reports and policy briefings, and organising team meetings and knowledge exchange events. The role may also involve some teaching at both undergraduate and taught postgraduate levels. You will work closely with the lead investigator and will be supported in your career development. We are seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated researcher to join this project in January 2022. 

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • You should have a first degree and have, or be near to obtaining, a PhD in an associated area of social policy, sociology, geography, urban or housing studies, or similar.
  • Knowledge of contemporary debates in the areas of housing, housing markets and/or mortgage finance, and having a keen interest in the use of AI and data analytics in public policy are highly desirable. 
  • You will have highly developed communication skills, the ability to write up research work for publication in high profile journals, ability to develop research objectives, projects and proposals, competency to conduct individual and collaborative research projects, ability to identify sources of funding and contribute to the process of securing funds, and competency to make presentations at conferences or exhibit work in other appropriate events.
  • You will have experience of carrying out both independent and collaborative research, writing up research work for publication, the ability to work as part of a team and also to work independently using your own initiative.
  • You will also have experience of teaching.
  •  You will have good attention to detail and commitment to high quality, a collaborative ethos, interest in and enthusiasm for the subject matter of the project(s), a positive attitude to colleagues and students, a willingness to work proactively with colleagues in other work areas/institutions, and have the ability to plan and prioritise your own work in order to meet deadlines, including using your initiative to plan research programmes.
  • You will have a commitment to personal development and updating of your knowledge and skills.

Interview date: TBC

For informal enquiries: please contact Dr Alison Wallace on

The University strives to be diverse and inclusive  – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University. 

We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork 

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