Research Associate in Sustainable Cooling University of Oxford - School of Geography and the Environment United Kingdom

South Parks Road

The successful candidate will work on a new programme on the Future of Cooling. The primary goal of the programme is to examine cooling energy demand growth as an integrated system of key social and technical components, and identify and influence the levers by which its current trajectory can be shaped to deliver sustainable development. The position will focus on examining how and why households in fast-growing countries are making structural transitions in their cooling energy consumption, and the ways in which to moderate this shift.


The main duties include mixed methods field research, involving a combination of surveys and qualitative methods to analyse the shifts in cooling technologies, energy-related behaviours and practices, and their underlying social norms, in the different urban contexts of India and South Africa. The research includes cross-country comparative work to isolate the causal socio-cultural and behavioural drivers underlying cooling consumption patterns. This research will inform targeted energy and climate policy interventions. The research will also need to consider the feedback loops with other dimensions of the overall programme to determine the effect of cooling access on health outcomes and the efficiency and sustainability of the cooling production network.


You must hold, or be near to completion of a relevant PhD in the fields of geography, energy and environmental studies, public policy, sociology, anthropology, behavioural and decision science, economics, among others) with post-qualification research experience or relevant work experience prior to the PhD. You will be well versed with the literature on energy demand, energy cultures, behaviours, social norms and institutional practices, and climate change mitigation. A strong high-quality peer-reviewed publication record and familiarity with the existing literature and research in the field is essential. You will have experience of field based research for primary data collection with strong qualitative methods and the ability to analyse data from quantitative datasets. You must regularly present papers, and lead seminars to disseminate research findings, including to an interdisciplinary audience.


This is a full-time post offered for 3 years starting in October 2019.


Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement as part of your online application.


The closing date for applications is 12:00 noon on Monday 2 September 2019, and interviews will be held on Monday 9 September 2019.


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