Senior Research Fellow for Young People, Transport And Health

The University of the West of England

University of the West of England

Senior Research Fellow for Young People, Transport And Health

Fixed term for 3 years and full time


This is an exciting and unusual opportunity to work at the interface between research and policy in a role aiming to use high quality evidence to influence transport policies and bring about better transport for young people. The successful applicant will work directly with colleagues in the Centre for Transport & Society (UWE Bristol) and Sustrans and also be part of the Young people’s future health inquiry, a wider programme of activity led by the Health Foundation. 

The Centre for Transport & Society (UWE Bristol) is one of the leading academic transport research centres in the UK. Sustrans is a charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle, and with a wider interest in transport and ‘liveability’. The Health Foundation is an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK. This post results from an earlier collaboration which produced a report on the Role of Transport in Supporting a Healthy Future for Young People.

The Health Foundation’s Young people's future health inquiry has explored the influences affecting the future health of today’s young people, and what needs to change to secure a healthy society. Transport was a topic that emerged as highly significant to young people’s life opportunities. The Health Foundation is funding five posts to build the policy agenda and amplify the voices of young people. One of these policy posts has been awarded jointly to UWE Bristol and Sustrans. You will make the case for policies which increase access to safe and affordable transport to young people across the UK. The post-holder will carry out a three-year programme of work to build up the evidence base on how transport affects young people’s life opportunities, bring this to the attention of relevant stakeholders and work with them to develop and test policy solutions.

You will join the Centre for Transport & Society (CTS) at UWE Bristol, a group of 10-15 academics and researchers focused on the interactions between society, mobility and technological change. The post-holder will receive input and support from staff at UWE Bristol and Sustrans, while also working alongside the other four Health Foundation funded post-holders in other organisations.

We are seeking someone who has the ability both to conduct high quality research and to interpret and communicate evidence in a way that is compelling to policy and delivery organisations in the transport sector. We are looking for someone skilled at listening to the experiences and views of young people and highly motivated to make a difference to their lives. 

UWE Bristol is an ambitious university. Together, our people are working hard to advance knowledge, inspire people and transform futures. We are looking for people with the skills and ambition to help us achieve those aims.

This post does not qualify for sponsorship under the UK Visas and Immigration Tier 2 points based system therefore we would not be able to obtain a tier 2 Biometric Residence Permit and would be unable to sponsor anyone who does not have their own right to work in the UK. Please refer to the Home Office Right to Work Checklist which provides details of which documents are acceptable. Should you be shortlisted you will be asked to bring your right to work documents with you to your interview so they can be copied and verified at that stage.

In addition to progressive pay rates, UWE Bristol offers a wide range of staff benefits.

This is a full time, fixed term contract for 3 years based at UWE’s Frenchay Campus and is not available on a jobshare basis.

Please view the attached full job description and information for applicants.

If you would like an informal discussion, please contact Kiron Chatterjee (Associate Professor in Travel Behaviour, UWE Bristol) on 0117 328 2032 or email: [email protected], or Andy Cope (Director of Insights, Sustrans) on 0191 269 9370 or email: [email protected]

Closing date: Tuesday 16th June 2020 at 11.59pm.


  • Location: Bristol
  • Job Title: Senior Research Fellow for Young People, Transport And Health
  • Salary: £33,797-£40,322
  • Closed: 16 Jun 2020

Apply For This Job

Upload your CV (optional) Max. file size: 5MB
No file selected