Rights Lab Research Associate/Fellow in Modern Slavery Perpetrators and Organised Crime (fixed term)

Nottingham, United Kingdom
£27511 to £40322 per annum, (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £30942 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance
Jun 29, 2020
Jul 29, 2020
Contract Type
Full Time
Reference SOC180920 Closing Date Monday, 20th July 2020 Job Type Research Department Rights Lab Salary £27511 to £40322 per annum, (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £30942 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance
This role is part of the University's Rights Lab, a Beacon of Excellence that is delivering research to help end modern slavery. The role-holder will work alongside Dr. Ben Brewster on a UKRI-funded project that studies the implications of COVID-19 for Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE) and County Lines. This work will assess changes and continuities in perpetrator behaviour resulting from social distancing, showing whether criminal business models are likely to change due to a changing risk and/or profitability profile. The research will provide substantial evidence upon which police, safeguarding and care organisations can formulate interventions that address county lines related offending, and reduce risk to vulnerable children and adults.

The role-holder will contribute across all areas of the project work plan, taking a mixed methods approach to analyse data from across the statutory and voluntary sectors to reveal how and to what extent factors introduced to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 have: (1) impacted upon statutory and non-governmental organisations' efforts to prevent and safeguard against the grooming and exploitation of children by county lines gangs; and (2) contributed to the adaptation of criminal methods, and the reconstitution of criminal business models.

Key roles and responsibilities include:
  • Assisting in the facilitation of semi-structured interviews with frontline practitioners from the police, other statutory bodies and NGOs working on the frontlines against CCE and county lines.
  • Analysing, interpreting and presenting results from both qualitative and quantitative datasets.
  • Liaising with external partners and stakeholders to coordinate interviews, access to datasets and reporting back on project findings.
  • Supporting the development of research publications and contributing to the writing of policy and research reports for various audiences.

The role holder will work as part of a multidisciplinary team, and will expected to be confident in literature review, qualitative analysis, and report and publication writing. An interest and track record of engaging in quantitative research and analysis is also desirable. The role-holder will have the opportunity to develop new funding applications and to use their initiative and creativity to identify new project areas. They will have a public-facing role and represent the team externally.

We welcome applications from recent PhD graduates, applicants close to completion of a PhD, and those with postdoctoral experience. We also welcome applicants with an equivalent track record of professional work experience in relevant organisations or practice. The role is available as a fixed-term post until beginning as soon as possible (and no later than September 2020) and ending on 17 August 2021. We will consider applications from candidates who wish to work part-time (minimum 0.8).

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Ben Brewster - Ben.Brrewster@nottingham.ac.uk. Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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