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Post-Doctoral Research Assistant in Healthier Urban Development
Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: SRF32881

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 24/07/2020

Job live date: 25/06/2020

Salary: £30,942 - £39,152 pro rata per annum

Employment type: AR-Research

Department: Henley Business School

Division: Real Estate & Planning

Hours per week: 0.5 FTE

Employment Basis/Type: Part-time, Fixed-term up to 4 years


The University of Reading Department of Real Estate and Planning is seeking to appoint a part-time  Post-Doctoral Research Assistant to join a large research consortium in the 5-year TRUUD project –Tackling the Root Causes Upstream of Unhealthy Urban Development – funded through the UK Prevention Research Partnership administered by the Medical Research Council.  The aim of TRUUD, which started in October 2019, is to reduce the burden of Non-Communicable Diseases linked to the built environment through the transformation of urban planning and development systems across the UK, focusing on the Bristol and Greater Manchester case study areas. Based at five universities - Bristol, Bath, West of England, Manchester and Reading – the multidisciplinary research team is working with key agencies who have a material influence over urban development decisions and the quality of the urban environment, particularly those in the private and public sectors in control of land, finance, delivery, planning permission and core policy/legislation, and lay public. The successful applicant will be supervised by Professor Kathy Pain at the University of Reading and will work in close collaboration with other researchers in the consortium in a wide range of disciplines: real estate, urban planning, housing and transport planning, public health, political and corporate governance, economics, law, systems science, and lay public engagement.

The Project

There are four interlinked work packages (WPs): WP1 aims to map the main components of the UK’s urban planning and development system and develop an understanding of the influence of health outcomes on the system. WP2 will use economic valuation methods to quantify and evaluate the costs of the health impacts of urban development decisions. WP3 seeks to understand how to more effectively integrate measures of health outcomes into the urban development system, and how to intervene in the system to improve health and reduce health outcomes. WP4 will explore novel ways to involve members of the public in upstream urban development decision-making, with a view to challenging system driven health inequalities. The University of Reading part-time Post-Doctoral Research Assistant will be involved in all aspects and work packages but will focus largely on the activities associated with WP1 and WP4, working with project partners, to convert insights into tangible place-specific activity within the two case study areas.

You will have a PhD and skills and experience that include academic theoretical, analytical and policy-development, networking and lay public engagement, in a real estate and planning or related field.


Interviews - 05/08/2020 


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Professor of Real Estate Development

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Kathy Pain

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The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, supports the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter, and is a Diversity Champion for Stonewall, the leading LGBT+ rights organisation.  Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.



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