Research Fellow in Sociology and Social Policy / University of Nottingham Department of Sociology and Social Policy / United Kingdom


Research Fellow (Fixed-term)



Closing Date

Tuesday, 8th September 2020

Job Type


DepartmentSociology & Social Policy


£30942 to £40322 per annum (pro-rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.

This is an unusual, exciting opportunity to work independently and as part of a committed, enthusiastic and supportive interdisciplinary team. This post will support UKRI Future Leaders Fellow Dr Philippa Tomczak’s £1.1m, seven-year research and impact project Prison regulation, for safer societies: Participatory, Effective, Efficient? Theorising the regulation of criminal justice institutions forms a crucial task for interdisciplinary scholars and activists. Extensive, existing prison regulation and accountability apparatuses (e.g. OPCAT) hold substantive, yet largely unrealised potential to (re)shape imprisonment. Reconceptualising existing static, state-centric accounts, this project will examine how multisectoral actors (could) regulate imprisonment across scales (e.g. voluntary organisations and prisoners operating from local to international scale). You will be a key member of this research team, with extensive opportunities for career development within and beyond this project. This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience working on a large, complex study as part of a growing research group under the management of Dr Philippa Tomczak. The person appointed will have the opportunity to use their initiative and creativity to identify areas for further research, develop research methodologies and extend their personal research portfolio. Please email Philippa should you wish to consider the grant application and/or relevant forthcoming journal articles before applying. The successful candidate will hold a PhD qualification in a relevant discipline and topic; will be able to demonstrate qualitative research experience and innovative thinking; and evidence their passion to participate in this specific research project. Candidates with knowledge of imprisonment/ public services regulation in in a country other than England and Wales, ideally in the global south, are particularly welcome to apply, although this is not essential to be appointed.This fixed-term role is available from 1 November 2020 until 31 October 2023. Hours of work are full-time (36.25 hours per week), however applications are also welcome from candidates wishing to work part-time (minimum 29 hours per week). Please specify in your application if you wish to work part-time and the number of preferred hours. The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.Informal enquiries may be addressed to Philippa Tomczak, email [email protected] Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.Our University has always been a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We warmly welcome those of different cultures, ethnicities and beliefs – indeed this very diversity is vital to our success, it is fundamental to our values and enriches life on campus. We welcome applications from UK, Europe and from across the globe.
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