Research Associate / Fellow in Forced Marriage Vulnerabilities

University of Nottingham Department of Politics and International Relations

United Kingdom

Research Associate/Fellow in Forced Marriage Vulnerabilities (fixed term)

Closing Date
Monday, 9th November 2020
Job Type
Politics and International Relations
£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. Helen McCabe and a team of multi-disciplinary experts on a UKRI-funded multi-methods research project focused on the risks and impacts of COVID-19 and COVID-related decisions on people experiencing, or vulnerable to, forced marriage. Using a combination of qualitative and quantitative research methods, and working with a range of external partner organisations, the project will answer the question: “What are the impacts of COVID-19 and COVID-related decision-making on people experiencing, and people vulnerable to, forced marriage?” The research findings will inform policy responses to help ensure future responses to exogenous shocks like COVID-19 address the risks faced by this community.

The role-holder will contribute across all areas of the project work plan. Key roles and responsibilities include: 

  • Mapping key stakeholders.
  • Working with project partners to survey and record COVID-19 response, and COVID-related changes in policy and practice. 
  • Analyzing efficacy of these practices, and helping to co-design proposals for strategies to effectively mitigate impacts of COVID-19 and COVID-related decision making. 
  • Writing co-authored outputs, including monthly “snap-shots” of findings and policy proposals. 
  • Contributing to quarterly “Emerging Findings” workshops and reports. 
  • Attending regular meetings with project team and partners (via Microsoft Teams and/or in person). 
  • Helping to identify key impacts of COVID-19 and COVID-related decision making on risks of forced marriage. 
  • Constructing a timeline of UK government responses since the start of 2020. 
  • Collecting data on Forced Marriage Protection Orders issued since February 2020. 
  • Assisting the quantitative analysis of relevant data.
  • Conducting, transcribing and analyzing interviews with key staff at project partners and other stakeholders.
  • Helping to design and administer survey for staff at project partners, and key stakeholders.
  • Identifying and developing case studies. 

We welcome applications from PhD graduates, those close to completion of their PhD, and those with postdoctoral experience, as well as those with significant equivalent professional experience. The role is available from 30 October 2020 or soon after and will be offered on a full time, fixed-term basis until 30 April 2022. Job share arrangements may be considered. 

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Helen McCabe or email Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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