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Research Associate (History)

Requisition ID:  20561

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  21-Jun-2022


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

What’s in it for you? Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.


Newcastle is an inclusive global University community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.



Research Assistant: £28,756 to £30,497 per annum

Research Associate: £31,406 to £33,309 per annum


Closing Date: 13 July 2022


The Role

We are seeking to appoint a postdoctoral researcher for a period of 15 months from 1 October 2022 to work on an exciting and major project funded by NERC, ESRC and AHRC under the Future of UK Treescapes programme. 


See the programme details here.

See the project details here.


The role is primarily focused on historical research (archival and digital humanities / GIS / methodologies) with strong elements of partnership working, impact and engagement work. The research covers the period c. 1700 to the present in the British and Irish historical context. The role will be expected to collaborate with other researchers on the project from across the environmental and social sciences, to use historical understanding to complement and strengthen research on biodiversity, health and wellbeing, and contribute to the development of models and scenarios to develop treescapes for the future that are resilient to environmental and climate change.


The role will include travel for research activities, across GB and Northern Ireland in order to visit archives and the project partner sites and archival research skills are essential with GIS skills desirable.


Project details

Connected treescapes: a portfolio approach for delivering multiple benefits from UK treescapes in the rural-urban continuum


Many key policy objectives around the UK’s treescapes concern public benefits. Treescapes have a key role to play in helping the UK government’s targets for carbon reduction and biodiversity and nature recovery, and need to enhance health and wellbeing and provide a source for cultural inspiration. Moreover, they need to be resilient in the face of climate change, other environmental threats and socio-economic pressures. UK forest and woodland strategies emphasise that landscape-level transformations and new partnerships across the public, private and third sector are needed to achieve these ambitions. Some of the greatest opportunities for enhancing UK treescapes are in the rural-urban continuum, where urban and rural merge. Here, treescapes have great potential societal benefit due to their proximity to population centres, but face challenges from recreation, development, and complex mosaics of land ownership.


Our project will combine UK-wide analysis with a focus on case study treescapes in the rural/urban continuum to: (i) explore how historical factors such as land use and ownership, and changing perceptions and expectations of treescapes, have combined with ecological factors to create the form and function of present-day treescapes; (ii) evaluate how treescape form and function affects three key public benefits of biodiversity and nature recovery, mental health and wellbeing, and cultural and heritage value; (iii) analyse the opportunities, barriers and pathways for expansion of UK treescapes through landscape-level partnerships across the public, private and third sectors; and (iv) consider how the resilience of treescapes and the public benefits they provide can be increased in the face of local and global socio-economic and environmental risks.


School of History, Classics & Archaeology 

The project is hosted in the School of History, Classics & Archaeology, which has a vibrant and active research culture with particular strengths in interdisciplinary working and supporting the holistic career development of early career colleagues. We have strong leadership and representation in landscape and environmental humanities through the McCord Centre for Landscape and the Landscape NUCoRE. 


Please get in touch with any informal enquiries about the role with Professor Annie Tindley ( who is the project lead at Newcastle University. 


The Person


Key Accountabilities

•    You should be an experienced and professional researcher (or have considerable professional experience) and be a subject specialist in historical / archival and digital humanities methodologies. While not essential as we can provide training, GIS skills would be desirable
•    You will be working under supervision, but will be expected to take significant initiative in your own work and consult with the lead academic and project team over the details of the project
•    You will work with the lead academic and project team to identify and utilize key archival sources in support of the project and be part of the delivery of project outcomes including publications, workshops / conferences, and public engagement and other translation activities
•    You will work across a major project which incorporates the arts and humanities, social and natural sciences
•    You will be provided with academic and pastoral support within the School and training will be available designed to develop your competences. You will be part of the School’s mentoring scheme


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

•    Experience of research with clear transferable skills and some experience or awareness of the research environment
•    Detailed subject knowledge in the areas of research, including British and / or Irish History from 1700; environmental history; digital humanities
•    Experience of giving presentations at conferences and/or high quality publications
•    Awareness of the ethical issues involved in your research work

Attributes and Behaviour
•    High level of analytical and problem solving capacity
•    Ability to communicate complex information with clarity and to encourage the commitment of others


•    A PhD in the research areas required


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 20561