Research Fellow – ECON

City, University of London
April 16, 2024
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 Centre for Food Policy


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Founded in 1894, City, University of London is a global university committed to academic excellence with a focus on business and the professions and an enviable central London location.

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In the last decade, City has almost tripled the proportion of its total academic staff producing world-leading or internationally excellent research. During this period, City has made significant investments in its academic staff, its estate and its infrastructure and continues to work towards realizing its vision of being a leading global university.

The culture at City is built on our shared core values, which means that all employees are expected to behave according to our values: “We care, We learn, We act.”


A full-time (1.0 FTE) Research Fellow is sought to join the Centre for Food Policy for 24 months to work on a mixed methods research project funded by the NIHR Public Health Research Programme. The newly funded study, Evaluating the impact of the placement regulations on the CONvenience store sector and co-creating solutions for a healthier system, or ECON study for short, aims to evaluate how the Food (Placement and Promotions) regulations influence the food-related behaviours of citizens, commercial outcomes in the convenience store sector and local authority enforcement activities.

The study recognises the systems drivers of offerings in convenience stores and also aims to co-create multiple systemic strategies that enable convenience stores to provide environments that support their local community's health and wellbeing.

  • Working closely with relevant members of the research team across the two institutions to finalise and disseminate the surveys to eligible businesses and local authorities.
  • Collect and analyse quantitative and qualitative data from case study stores including engaging with convenience store staff, conducting in- store surveys, running citizen surveys and conducting go-along interviews with staff and citizens.
  • Supporting the organization and delivery of deliberative workshops and co- created solutions.
  • Assisting the study Project Manager with internal and external communications and dissemination activities.
  • Assisting with public contributor activities throughout the project's duration.
  • Assisting with, or potentially leading on, the preparation and publishing of academic publications.
  • Contribute to the overall achievement of the project deliverables and Centre for Food Policy activities as required.
  • Person Specification

    An opportunity for an academic researcher with knowledge and experience in food and obesity policy in the UK, and internationally with a PhD in a relevant topic, and mixed research methods related to public health research. This will incorporate qualitative and quantitative data collection, analysis and interpretation, and research with low -income communities or a commitment to addressing health inequalities. Also essential, is experience working on collaborative research projects, and demonstrating the publishing of research in academic journals and presenting findings to national and international audiences. Key skills necessary for the post holder are team working, planning and managing your workload and the ability to work harmoniously and communicate effectively with people of different ages, cultures and backgrounds.

    Additional Information

    City offers a sector-leading salary, pension scheme and benefits including a comprehensive package of staff training and development.

    Closing date for applications: 16th April 2024 at 11:59pm

    Interviews are scheduled for 1st May 2024.

    City, University of London is committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in all its activities, processes, and culture for our whole community, including staff, students and visitors.

    We welcome applications regardless of age, caring responsibilities, disability, gender identity, gender reassignment, marital status, nationality, pregnancy, race and ethnic origin, religion and belief, sex, sexual orientation and socio-economic background. City operates a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants.

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