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Lecturer in Criminology and Social Policy

Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Policy & Criminology, Based in Milton Keynes

You will play a key role in the Department of Social Policy and Criminology, where you will build on your proven successful experience in teaching and research, work collaboratively in team contexts, and promote the values of The Open University.

A vital aspect of the post will be to help develop our curriculum, teaching and research in critical Criminology and Social Policy and make significant contributions to consolidating and extending our successes in this field across the UK and beyond. We have highly successful and expanding undergraduate teaching programmes in the Department, with ongoing developments also at postgraduate level. We place a strong emphasis on innovative curricula spanning Social Policy and Criminology.

You will have an established research record and agenda directly relevant to the concerns of the Department, and you will be expected to contribute to research, publications and public engagement activities as a member of one or more of the Faculty's research centres.

Secondments will be considered.

Closing date: Noon 12 February 2015
Interview date: Interviews will be held at Walton Hall during March 2015

We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

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£31,342 - £45,954 - 36 Month Temporary Contract p.a.




Research Associate (ESRC) - Faculty of Social Sciences (Psychology Department)

Temporary contract for 30 months - Based in Belfast, Institute for Conflict Research

We require a Research Associate to work on an ESRC-funded research project entitled 'The Belfast Mobility Project: Intergroup contact, segregation and the time-geography of sectarian relations in Belfast'. Taking as a case study Catholics' and Protestants' use of public environments in north Belfast, we will be developing a new methodology to explore the social, psychological and behavioural processes that shape segregation of everyday 'activity spaces', helping either to maintain or reduce sectarian divisions.

Our broader aim is to conduct research that integrates knowledge of the psychological, geographic and temporal dimensions of segregation, thereby informing interventions to promote social change in Belfast and similar divided cities.

Applicants should have PhD in psychology or in a companion discipline relevant to the project. They should also have a good grasp of quantitative research design and analysis. The project will involve working collaboratively within an interdisciplinary team based at the Open University, Lancaster University, Queens University Belfast, and the Institute for Conflict Research.

As the research will be conducted in Belfast, applicants will be expected to reside in the city during the course of the project, with team meetings being held both there and at Psychology Department of the Open University at Milton Keynes.

If you would like to discuss the particulars of this role before making an application please contact Professor John Dixon by email at before applying.

Closing date: Noon, Thursday 19 February 2015
Interview date: Interviews will take place in Milton Keynes late March/early April 2015

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Salary: £31,342 - £33,242 p.a.