Graduate Research Assistant

09 Apr 2018
13 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
About the Role:
The proposed Research Assistant position builds on the successes of the Brexit reports produced by the Centre for European Studies (CEFEUS) between (Apply online only), examining the impact of Brexit upon key facets of Kent’s strategic sectors, and launched at Westminster with the support of key stakeholders and MPs. CEFEUS Director Professor Amelia Hadfield is this Spring preparing to publish a peer-reviewed article, a briefing note, and a blog examining further Brexit impacts upon local government in England, including changes to devolution, regionalism and governance.

Job Description:
With the explicit goal of assisting Professor Hadfield in the completion of a high-quality, cutting-edge, relevant article for immediate publication in a peer-reviewed journal as well as a shorter briefing note and blog provisionally entitled “Brexit’s Impacts Upon Local Government”, the Research Assistant will gather and analyse primary documents from UK national and local government, as well as EU policy docs. Where necessary, the RA will also interview key decision-makers and stakeholders to further deepen the analysis. The analysis will focus on the negative impacts, positive opportunities, and overall shifts to decision-making between Brussels, Westminster and local authorities in England at a time of significant political change.

Person Specification:
Postgraduate level experience in qualitative and quantitative analysis of some aspect of EU, and/or UK, and/or Member State issues related of Brexit.
Experience in scholarly article construction, writing, revising, and editing, preferably in the area of public policy, international relations, comparative politics, foreign policy, political economy, history and/or law.
Good knowledge of UK governmental institutions, including DEXEU, DIT, other key Departments, Ministries and Cabinet portfolios.
Good knowledge of the functioning of Local Authorities in England, including councils, districts, authorities, LEPs, etc. as well as their representative associations (e.g. LGA).
Decent knowledge of County Kent and Medway in terms of its policing, security sectors, customs, immigration, transport, transport infrastructure, etc.

Applicants will be shortlisted on 9th April. The proposed interview date is the 12th April 2018

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