Research Fellow in Disaster Risk Analysis and Communication

WorkplaceLeeds, Yorkshire, UK
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Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a background in quantitative social science or data analytics? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities?

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a researcher to help shape international research on weather risk perception and communication to improve the communication of weather warnings to public audiences in across different countries as part of the Lloyds Register Foundation funded project: Analysing Risk Perception and Preparedness to Develop Effective Disaster Risk Communication Strategies.

Running for three years the project will conduct a large scale secondary data analysis of data from the 2019, 2021 and 2023 World Risk Polls to better understand weather risk perception and preparedness across countries, and use this to develop and test weather risk communication strategies in different focal countries.

The post will be based with the Centre for Decision Research at Leeds University Business School. With the guidance and support of the project PI (Dr Andrea Taylor) and CO-I’s (Dr Sarah Jenkins, Prof Barbara Summers, Prof Suraje Dessai and Dr Yim Ling Siu) the post holder will undertake a multi-level analysis of data from the world risk polls. They will work with other members of the research team to use the findings of this analysis to develop and test weather risk communication strategies with large samples in a series of 4-5 focal countries recruited through market research companies.

Dr Andrea Taylor, Associate Professor (project lead)


Dr Sarah Jenkins, Lecturer in Applied Decision Making


Professor Barbara Summers, Professor of Human Judgment and Decision Making


Professor Suraje Dessai, Professor of Climate Change Adaptation

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Location: Leeds - Main Campus

Faculty/Service: Faculty of Business

School/Institute: Management Department

Category: Academic

Grade: Grade 7

Salary: 37,099 to 44,263 per annum

Post Type: Full Time

Contract Type: Fixed Term (31/08/2026)

Release Date: Tuesday 19 September 2023

Closing Date: Tuesday 10 October 2023

Reference: BUSMG1004

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