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Living wage in the circular economy - opportunity for junior researchers (July 2021 - March 2022)

Apply by 12 noon on Monday 21 June (early submissions welcome).

Call for expression of interest: Living wage in the circular economy - opportunity for junior researchers (July 2021 - March 2022)


Overview and requirements

The Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) is seeking to contract a junior researcher at the level of Research Assistant to support research into the business benefits and opportunities of paying living wages. The work will involve a substantial literature review and a series of interviews. The researcher will be involved in all stages of the work. This research is a work package within The Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellowship in Pathways to a Circular Economy, supported by Unilever, which has a strong focus on the social dimensions of sustainability transitions.

Junior researchers need to have completed (at a minimum) an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Geography, Sociology, Politics, Economics, Law, Development Studies, or Management Studies. The following skills are required, or will need to be developed:

  • Literature review
  • Academic writing
  • Data management
  • Interviewing
  • Transcription
  • Analysis
  • Good communication skills

We particularly encourage expressions of interest from researchers with diverse backgrounds, recognizing a need for greater representation of minority groups in academia.

The role

The junior researcher will be contracted for 37.5 hour per week at a Grade 5 equivalent of the University’s Temporary Employment Service (£14.01/hour). The contract is for 9 months, with a probationary period. The Principal Investigator is Dr Anna Barford.

Expressing your interest

If you are interested in this role, please send an email outlining your interest and skills, and attaching your CV, to .

If you have specific queries, please contact Dr Anna Barford directly at

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