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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Durham University
United Kingdom
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Oct 4, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Anthropology & Archaeology
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Anthropology Department at Durham University has an outstanding international reputation for teaching, research and student employability. We are one of the largest Anthropology Departments in the UK, with nearly 40 permanent academic staff working across social, evolutionary and health anthropology. The Department of Anthropology has a vibrant research culture with many visitors, seminars, global conferences and workshops. We provide an intellectually inclusive environment, fostering the academic freedom and confidence to work at both the core and boundaries of anthropology in exciting and innovative ways. We were the top-ranked integrated Anthropology department in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014); fifth in the UK for overall GPA (Times Higher Education); first equal for world-leading and internationally excellent Impact and Research Environment, and second equal for world-leading publications.

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Anthropology to work with Dr Hannah Brown on a project funded by the European Research Council entitled ALIVEAfrica: 'Animals, livelihoods and wellbeing in Africa'. With a particular focus on Sierra Leone and Kenya, ALIVEAfrica explores how relations with animals in sub-Saharan Africa are changing; how these relations are shaped by the attention, funding and interventions of different institutions; and the implications of these changes for livelihoods and wellbeing. ALIVEAfrica consists of two interconnected thematic strands, 'Health and Wellbeing' and 'Livelihoods and Development. The successful applicant will develop a research project that feeds into the Livelihoods and Development strand, provisionally titled 'Hunting Livelihoods'. As a case study of animal-based livelihoods in Sierra Leone, you will study contemporary hunting strategies and economics, alongside institutions and strategies set up to manage and intervene upon hunting activity. The project will involve approximately 10 months' ethnographic fieldwork in Sierra Leone.

As a four-year position, this role will give the holder the opportunity to grow their academic career through the development of major academic publications and research expertise. There will be opportunities to extend and/or adapt the specific focus of the case study depending on personal interest and expertise. Key themes are currently envisaged as follows:

    Studying human relations with hunted animals including, for example, hunting practices; studying how, when, where, and by whom wild animals are hunted, butchered, sold, cooked, and eaten. Taking a multispecies approach to exploring social, material, and imaginative interactions and transactions that occur in hunting encounters. Taking anthropology of development/organisations approach to studying governmental and non-governmental initiatives aimed at controlling hunting activity and/or human-animal livelihoods more broadly.

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