New vacancy: Research Assistant at SPERI

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a part-time research assistant to join SPERI and work alongside deputy director Dr Craig Berry on research linked to the Commission on Economic Justice established by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR).

The successful candidate will be based at SPERI and will join our dynamic community of researchers. The project will primarily entail exploring the relevant political economy literatures that relate to the following aspects of the contemporary UK political economy around which SPERI’s work for the Commission will focus:

(a) Ownership of firms and organizational types
(b) Combining paid and unpaid work, and closing gender, class and ethnic minority gaps
(c) The subnational settlement: institutions, policies and fiscal powers
(d) Developing the local community-based economy
(e) Fiscal, monetary, infrastructure and trade policy frameworks
(f) Measuring and understanding the economy
(g) Taxation: share of GDP and progressivity of the tax system

The successful applicant will be an experienced academic researcher with a background in political economy and/or related social science disciplines.

This is a fixed-term post from 1 July 2017 to 31 December 2017. It is expected that the research assistant will have working hours of 21 hours per week during this period. For more details about the role, and to apply, please visit:

Salary: Grade 6 (£25,298 – £29,301 per annum pro-rata) Closing date for applications: 16 May 2017

The reference for the post is UOS016119.

Applications must be made online through the University job portal.

Interviews will take place in late May or early June. Questions about the position can be directed to SPERI’s administrator, Laure Astill (