Research Associate (Inclusion of Indigenous Voices in Post-COVID Recovery)

University of Manchester

The University of Manchester is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and self-motivated individual to support and develop cutting-edge research that seeks to contribute to an inclusive response in building back better from the COVID-19 pandemic via an understanding of the Learning of Indigenous Children in Zambia’s two regions. This is a unique and exciting cross-disciplinary opportunity that sits at the intersection between education, indigeneity, and sustainable development.

Whilst there is evidence that the COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on the global educational landscape, there is a paucity of research that has examined this impact closely within Indigenous communities. The need to address this gap is essential as a senior United Nations official recently told the Human Rights Council that Indigenous Peoples have disproportionately been affected by COVID-19. This is consistent with other findings that suggest that during pandemics, Indigenous Peoples suffer higher infection rates, and more severe symptoms and death than the general population. Moreover, Indigenous households are also more likely to experience poverty relative to other subgroups.  What this means is that children from Indigenous communities and their families are poorly positioned to take advantage of remote learning initiatives. The need to address the learning contexts of Indigenous persons during the pandemic is in line with the principle of leaving no one behind, which is at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Furthermore, an in-depth examination of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the learning of Indigenous persons warrants addressing in order to ensure that responses to the pandemic, informed by evidence, are inclusive of Indigenous voices.  Specifically, for the evidence into appropriate and actionable recommendations, it is important to fully reflect the knowledge and experience of persons from Indigenous communities. You will work as part of an international project consisting of researchers and collaborators in multiple countries across three continents as the team seeks to highlight the need to position Indigenous voices in recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Supported by a strategic investment fund from the Faculty of Humanities, you will help to drive forward innovative research to co-create advocacy toolkits that incorporate the knowledge systems of people from Indigenous communities and also to conduct research on the process of including people/partners from Indigenous communities in COVID-19 evidence generation & evidence-based advocacy towards a sustainable future. You will bring strong qualitative skills that draw on relevant research (indigenous) methods such as yarning circles and photo voice.  Furthermore, you will make an important contribution to (e.g.) supporting the research needs of the project, including undertaking systematic literature reviews; analysis of primary and secondary qualitative and other data; dissemination through presentations, blogs, policy briefs and high-quality academic journal articles. There is likely to be considerable scope for you to further develop your own specialist skills and interests within the project or take up a complementary project that examines the notion of indigeneity within the context of Education for climate change adaptation. ​​​​​​​

As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons and all appointments will be made on merit. As we are committed to the principles of the Race Equality Charter Mark, we would particularly welcome applications from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community who are currently under-represented at this level in this area.

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Blended working arrangements may be considered             

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Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Dr Marcellus Mbah, Lecturer in Education

Email: [email protected]

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This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

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