13 November 2012

The University of Queensland’s Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) is seeking two research fellows to join its policy analysis and sustainability programs.

The research fellows will be required to work across a range of policy and sustainability projects and will be involved in the Institute’s Policy Analysis Program and Sustainability and Environment Program led by Professor Brian Head.

Professor Head said applicants with expertise in policy, governance and data collection and analysis were encouraged to apply.

“The successful appointees will provide research leadership and project coordination in two or more funded research projects, and will provide leadership in identifying and seeking further research grant opportunities,” Professor Head said.

Professor Head said the first appointment would focus on issues concerning how social science research influences the policy process and adds social value in Australia.

“The aim of this research is to address how to measure and assess the current and potential impacts and significance of social research, in the light of pressures upon universities to demonstrate relevance and value for external stakeholders,” Professor Head said.

He said the second appointment would focus on urban water policy and the challenges of developing better governance for transitions towards more sustainable cities in Australia.

“This work program is largely funded through the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Water-Sensitive Cities, which is a very large consortium of water industry organisations, government departments and universities,” Professor Head said.

The Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) was established in 2007 to specialise in applied social science research.

For more information visit ISSR Research Fellow Positions.