Opportunities for academics

Job Vacancies
PhD Studentships
Welcoming Visitors
Visiting Fellowships
Responsive Programme
Summer Schools

Job Vacancies

Lecturer in Sociology/FlexiCity

A fantastic opportunity to apply for a Lancaster University Anniversary Lectureship – research based for 2 years: see http://www.aplacetoblossom.co.uk/lectureships.html for details of the scheme. Closing date 20th February.

Applicants for the ‘FlexiCity’ position, based in Sociology, will be expected to develop cutting edge social science research in the field of flexible cities – focusing on changing complexes of infrastructure and social practice at different scales.  Applicants will have an excellent track record in sociology or in a related social science discipline. They will have a strong, theoretically informed approach to empirical research and an active interest in non-academic engagement. http://hr-jobs.lancs.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=A1165

For more details contact Elizabeth Shove: E.Shove@lancaster.ac.uk

PhD Studentships

Fully funded 3 year PhD studentships in the DEMAND (Dynamics of Energy, Mobility and Demand) Centre are available:

  • Jointly supervised PhD opportunity on household energy practices in the global north and south: How different are lighting practices in Vietnam and the UK? And do the Netherlands and South Korea have different ways of heating? Are these practices converging or diverging and how to explain this using social theory (practice theory, political ecology, etc)? We are looking for a highly motivated PhD candidate to study how such household energy practices lead to increased energy demand in selected countries in the global north and south (preferably Asia), under shared supervision from the DEMAND Centre (Lancaster University) and the Environmental Policy group (Wageningen University). The fully-funded PhD will be based in Lancaster, but will have plenty opportunity to travel for fieldwork and co-supervision. If this triggers your interest, please read the full details and get in touch!
  • Open Call for Expressions of Interest: We are open to high quality proposals from people with a strong background in any area of the social sciences and with an interest in developing a project that relates to the DEMAND centre’s distinctive approach and research agenda.  If you are interested please read the further details.

Deadline for both opportunities:  31 January 2015.

Visiting Students and Academics

The DEMAND Centre welcomes visitors from other institutions.  Read what our previous visitors have to say about their visit to DEMAND.

Visitors may be students (registered for a PhD at another university), post-doctoral researchers or established members of the academic community. The fee arrangements described below give visitors access to high quality office space, and to computing and library facilities as well as the opportunity to meet DEMAND staff and participate in relevant events, workshops and seminars.

How to Apply


If you are interested in visiting the DEMAND Centre please contact Kate Wright. The bench fee is £200/month.

PhD Students

If you are interested in visiting the DEMAND Centre, please contact Kate Wright in the first instance, with a current curriculum vitae, a brief research statement, details of when you want to visit (up to 6 months) and a paragraph explaining what you would hope to gain from visiting DEMAND.

If you are accepted, fees will apply pro-rata. Current fee levels are available from the Student Registry. The fees must be paid upon registration with the Postgraduate Office at the start of your visit.

Once you are accepted you have all the rights and privileges of a postgraduate student at Lancaster including:

  • Office space within DEMAND
  • the right to attend MA courses
  • for visiting PhD students: you may be able to take Faculty Research Training Courses
  • membership of and borrowing rights from the library
  • an email account and access to networked computers
  • the right to attend departmental seminars, colloquia and other activities
  • supervision by academic staff who has/have agreed to accept you.

Please note that if you wish to attend the MA and Faculty course modules you should time your visit so that it falls during the autumn and the spring terms when the majority of those modules are being taught.

Visiting fellowships

The DEMAND centre has funding to host up to 20 visiting researchers of 2-6 months over the five years, selected through two rounds of a competitive call for proposals. Both competitions will be managed by the core team with advice and independent input from the advisory board and members of the DEMAND club.  The call for academics to visit up to October 2015 has now closed, however there will be another call in Summer 2015.

Responsive programme

We have reserved additional funding for small scale linked projects that develop and extend our research programme. These opportunities for collaboration will be advertised on a competitive basis with applicants expected to work with sub-groups of partners and our non-academic collaborators in order to attract further co-funding and support innovative forms of co-working. There will be two rounds in each of which 2-3 additional projects will be funded.

DEMAND Summer Schools

Energy Histories and Energy Futures: 8-10 July 2014. Summer School Report.

The next Summer School will be in July 2015.