Research Assistant required for a Project on Climate Change and Sustainable Transport in urban Africa and South Asia.


Temporary Contract, Grade 6, 47 Days (part-time) between March and August, 2017

The project is based at The School of Oriental and African Studies University of London.

Professor Edward Simpson and Dr Matteo Rizzo.

Project Outline: A qualitative synthesis of the literature with a broad focus on South Asia and Africa will explore the institutional and political issues which divert, absorb or enable transformational reform in urban transport initiatives. The research will review existing forms of thinking about multimodal transport and low carbon urban transport technologies with a focus on particular case studies across South Asia and Africa to (a) highlight best practice and failure (b) explore barriers to change (c) look at the regional language/terms/concepts in which such debates occur.

Case studies will explore in depth the ways in which low carbon transport solutions have been accepted, rejected, delayed or taken up and then abandoned in particular urban contexts. Attention will be given to placing successful and unsuccessful initiatives against the backdrop of (a) the state and other institutions and (b) users/inhabitants of urban space.

Timeframe: You will be available to work for 12 days in March/April (exact dates to be determined); and for a total of 35 days between April and August.

Required Skills: Experience of literature collection, synthesis and summary; ability to assess quality of research and evidence base; background in social sciences (broadly conceived).


Desirable Skills: Experience of primary and secondary research on urban transport/climate change/governance in Africa or South Asia; NVIVO.

For further information and to express interest in the post write to Professor Edward Simpson at SOAS ( with a cover note outlining relevant experience, cv and the names of two academic/policy referees by Monday 27th of February.