Part-time Research Position 

LSE Cities is looking for a part-time Researcher to work on the Emergency Governance Initiative for Cities and Regions. The initiative was established as a partnership between United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), Metropolis, and LSE Cities to provide city and regional governments with actionable information and resources to navigate the new demands of leading the response to complex global emergencies.

The work will be focused on the production of a Policy Brief and Analytics Note on the topic of public service provision under emergency conditions. It will entail literature reviews, desktop and case study research on the delivery of public services by subnational government during the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to interviews with city officials, sectoral experts and users’ representatives. It will also involve report writing, engagement with project partners, and the coordination of the two publications. 

The appointment will be on a 0.5 full-time equivalent (FTE) for three months, from mid-September to mid-December 2021. Flexibility in hours worked will be determined by applicant availability and demands of the project. The deadline for applications is Monday, 27 September, with early applications welcome. 

LSE Cities is an international centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science, that carries out research, education, advisory and outreach activities in London and abroad. It studies how people and cities interact in a rapidly urbanising world, focusing on how the physical form and design of cities impacts on society, culture and the environment.

Job Summary
The Researcher will conduct analysis on subnational public service provision under emergency conditions, drawing on policy and academic literature, mainstream media, recent case studies involving different models of delivery by cities, and primary research with interviews and surveys. The policy-orientated publications will have a global focus, with examples drawn from all world regions (see the project page for previous publications). 

The specific duties will include:

Research and documentation

  • Reviews of existing literature
  • Case studies of cities with different models of public sector delivery
  • Setting up, conducting, and writing up interviews with city officials and experts
  • Drafting and analysing surveys of city officials and service users
  • Drafting of publications 


  • Managing publication timelines with research team and Policy Brief contributors
  • Liaising with communication teams and supporting the establishment of publication strategies
  • Coordinating with copyeditors and graphics designers  

Person Specification
We are seeking candidates who are undertaking a PhD or research master’s on urban governance, public service delivery, or other relevant social science themes. 

Essential skills required:

  • Completed, or completing, a postgraduate degree in a relevant field (e.g., urban studies, public policy, geography, government)
  • Knowledge of issues related to urban governance and public service provision
  • Ability to write to a high academic standard
  • Experience with qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office package
  • Advanced communication skills including the ability to communicate clearly and accurately in English, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to manage deadlines and to work under pressure
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Any necessary visa or work permit required to work in the UK already in place for the duration of the appointment  

Part-time 17.5 hours per week (0.5 FTE)

The post will be paid at an hourly rate of £20.16 (gross including holiday pay)

How to apply
To apply, please send a short CV (max two pages) and a one-page cover letter to Dr. Nuno F. da Cruz ( by Friday 24 September (12.00 GMT). Early applications are welcome. Interviews will be held the week of 27 September and the expected start date will be early October.

Your CV/cover letter should clearly highlight your interest in urban governance and public sector provision and any relevant experience you may have. Your CV should also include your programme of study and a brief description of your academic achievement, background and experience. 

Spanish Speaking Educational Projects Coordinator

LSE Cities is seeking a Spanish speaking educational projects coordinator to provide support to a new online education programme on ‘Sustainable Urban and Regional Infrastructure Planning’ that LSE Cities is delivering for a cohort of 50 senior government officials from the Peruvian Authority for Reconstruction with Changes (ARCC).

The appointment will be between September 2021 and March 2022, depending upon availability, with an immediate start. We are ideally looking for individuals who can commit to at least 14 hours a week, and up to 28 hours a week. The deadline for applications is Sunday 26 September - early applications strongly encouraged.

This initiative is part of larger government-to-government agreement between the UK and Peru with the aim of sustainably rebuilding critical infrastructure damaged by the 2017 El Niño flooding events. As part of the knowledge transfer and capacity building element of this agreement, LSE Cities will contribute to the provision of formal courses for employees of the Autoridad de Reconstruccion con Cambios (ARCC) – Peru’s government entity responsible for delivering the reconstruction projects. The capacity building efforts will consist of a tailored online course on sustainable urban and regional infrastructure planning that will combine pre-recorded video lectures and live engagements, as well as a high-level national conference and a series of workshops. The LSE Cities course will complement existing infrastructure delivery efforts on the ground by raising awareness of the importance of more integrated urban planning practices, ultimately empowering Peruvians to build back better for future generations.

LSE Cities is an international centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science, that carries out research, education and outreach and activities in London and abroad. It studies how people and cities interact in a rapidly urbanising world, focusing on how the physical form and design of cities impacts on society, culture and the environment.

Job Summary
The postholder/s will provide research and coordination support to enable the delivery of this new online course. The responsibilities of this role will include but are not limited to; coordinating Spanish translations of existing teaching materials, conducting desktop research to identify new reading materials, liaising with the wider team to coordinate the recording of new video content, managing the online learning platform and acting as the first point of contact for course participants.

The specific duties and responsibilities of the postholder/s will include:

Research and course preparation

  • Identify new reading materials in Spanish that complement the curriculum
  • Review the most relevant and authoritative sources to identify case studies for the curriculum
  • Identify potential guest lecturers for the course as well as the national and regional events in Peru
  • Assist course lecturers on any other research/analysis, as required

Management and Coordination

  • Coordinate the translation of existing written content, video lectures and other learning materials with external translation providers
  • Ad hoc Spanish translation support for smaller texts and online learning platform content
  • Collect and upload teaching content to the LearnWorlds platform
  • Coordination with knowledge partners and LSE Cities colleagues to set up filming of new content
  • Other general administrative tasks in relation to the programme, as requested by the project lead and academic directors

Person Specification
We are seeking Spanish speaking candidates with an interest in sustainable urban and regional planning and would be particularly interested in individuals that have experience working in Latin America, although this is not a requirement. We are ideally looking for candidates that would be able to start immediately but there is flexibility as to the hours/days/duration of contract (to maximum March 2022) depending on your availability and specific profile.

We are open to considering two separate appointments. This might mean one individual who has a strong background in urban development/sustainable urban infrastructure/flood mitigation and would be primarily responsible for supporting the development of course content, including curriculum development and engaging directly with course participants on substantive issues. The other individual would be responsible for the project management elements of the course, including coordinating Spanish translations and video recordings and managing the online platform and liaison with external partners.

Essential skills required:

  • Fluent Spanish speaker
  • Completed, or completing, a master’s degree or a PhD in a relevant field (e.g. urban studies, urban planning, international development, sociology, public policy, geography, architecture, environmental studies, water management)
  • Strong interest in sustainable urban and regional planning
  • Experience with qualitative research and literature reviews
  • Advanced IT skills in the Microsoft Office package
  • Advanced communication skills, including the ability to communicate clearly and accurately in both Spanish and English, both orally and in writing, with people at all levels
  • Ability to work under pressure and to plan and organise a busy workload with conflicting deadlines
  • Willingness to work with others and contribute effectively as a member of a team
  • Ability to exchange information effectively and to establish and maintain fruitful relationships with internal and external contacts
  • A flexible attitude towards work
  • Exceptional attention to detail

Desirable, though not essential, skills

  • Experience with video production processes, including editing and voice overs
  • Experience translating from English to Spanish (written and recorded)
  • Experience of working with LearnWorlds or other online learning platforms
  • Ability to work on own initiative, take independent decisions and provide advice and input to others

The position(s) are offered on a part-time basis up to a maximum of 28 hours a week (this would be a max of 14 hours a week if 2 appointments are made), with flexible working hours. The postholder(s) would be based at LSE Cities offices (subject to LSE’s COVID-19 guidance) with flexibility to work remotely.

An hourly rate of between £20.16 and £23.15 (including holiday pay) is offered for the post(s) depending on previous experience and qualifications.

Contract duration
Flexibility for contracts range from 3 to 6 months, for immediate start.

How to apply
If you are interested in this position and have the appropriate skills, please send a brief CV and short covering statement to by Sunday, 26 September 2021 (20:00 GMT). Any questions about the role can be directed to Catarina Heeckt Early applications are welcome.

Your CV/covering statement should clearly state your interest in sustainable urban infrastructure planning and any relevant experience you have. Your CV should also include your programme of study and a brief description of your academic background and experience. In addition, please provide a short note on your availably between now and March 2022, including the number of hours a week you could commit to.


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