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AHRC/ESRC Fellowship in Impact Assessment

The University of Liverpool has been awarded an AHRC/ESRC fellowship in Impact Assessment for three years, starting in October 2007 and is seeking to appoint for two posts: a full time Research Fellow and a PhD studentship. The research is led by Dr Beatriz Garcia, Dr Steven Miles (School of Sociology and Social Policy) and Dr Alan Southern (Management School).

The University of Liverpool School of Sociology and Social Policy Postdoctoral Researcher will be responsible for designing and implementing research to examine the urban cultural policy implications of hosting the 2008 European Capital of Culture. The project requires expertise in qualitative methodologies to assess the role that culture plays in connecting or disconnecting local communities with their sense of place. The post is available for 2.5 years, commencing October 2007.

The University of Liverpool Management School PhD Studentship offers an opportunity for a fully funded research studentship leading to the qualification of PhD based on research into the theory and practice of cultural policy. This research, focused on culture-led regeneration on Merseyside in the context of Liverpool as European Capital of Culture 2008 and associated with the research programme Impacts 08, will develop as an ethnographic study into the definition of creative industries. The studentship will seek to uncover new and unique ways of defining what it is to be a creative industries entrepreneur and how this perception supports or contradicts policy-oriented definitions of the sector, what happens within the sector and the importance of the sector to locality. Funding will cover student's fees and a maintenance grant as above.

The deadline for applications is 21 September 2007.

Contact: Dr Beatriz Garcia, Director, Impacts 08 - The Liverpool Model, European Capital of Culture Research Programme; www.impacts08.net, www.www.beatrizgarcia.net