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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

Principal Research Fellow - Energy, Climate, Housing, and Infrastructure (Maternity Cover)

IPPR is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community, and from applicants with a range of professional and lived experiences. As an organisation engaging in critical debate about a wide range of progressive policy issues, we value the creativity and range of perspectives that a diverse team can provide.

Principal Research Fellow for transport decarbonisation within the Energy, Climate, Housing, and Infrastructure Team
Maternity Cover, start date early March 2023
£47,758 per annum pro-rata, Fixed Term Contract, 30-37.5 hours per week
Remote working considered

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), the UK’s leading progressive think tank, is looking to recruit a maternity cover for a Principal Research Fellow to join the Fair Transition Unit (FTU). The FTU, which is led by the Energy, Climate, Housing, and Infrastructure (ECHI) team, is our ambitious initiative to accelerate progress in reducing emissions and restoring nature, while also securing a fairer, more just, and thriving society.

The FTU was established in June 2022 as a new landmark initiative to carry forward the work of IPPR’s cross-party Environmental Justice Commission and award-winning work on environmental breakdown.

The role will work closely with the Head of the FTU to help deliver the strategic goals, priorities, and work programme of the Unit. At present, the work within this role is managed by a job share who lead both the transport decarbonisation work of the ECHI team and are co-Heads of Participative Research. We anticipate for the period of the maternity cover that the person in this role will largely focus on the transport side of the brief and other policy areas of the FTU.

A key part of the role will entail the successful development, funding, management, delivery, and dissemination of several research projects within the FTU, ensuring all projects are completed on time, to budget and to a high standard. Input to the Unit’s deliberative events with the public will also form a part of this role. Putting people at the centre of its work both through the way policy is being developed, through public deliberation, and the kind of policies advanced, is central to the FTU’s ethos.

If you are a dynamic and creative individual, who is committed to developing a plan of action that utilises policy, in particular transport policy, to address the climate and environmental emergency and to deliver economic and social justice, this is your ideal role.

You will combine intellectual flair, innovative thinking, and political knowledge with the ability to deliver high-quality and impactful work. You will have excellent project, budget, and people management skills; you may have gained these in the private, public, or voluntary sectors. Alongside excellent communication skills, you will also have strong facilitation experience, and ideally experience of citizens’ juries or other participative events.

This will be a vital role at IPPR over the coming year to support the Head of the FTU in the delivery of a flagship programme for IPPR. There has rarely been a more urgent need for IPPR’s mission: to improve public policy in the present, and to lay the foundations for a more progressive future.

As part of our commitment to flexible working we will consider a range of options for the successful applicant to fill the post including secondment and remote working. All options can be discussed at interview stage.

Before applying, please click on the document to your left to read the information pack and job description or email [email protected] quoting the job title or REF: FTU/OCT.

Those seriously considering an application are also welcome and encouraged to find out more about the role by speaking with Stephen Frost, PRF & Co-head of Participative Research. This can be arranged by emailing [email protected].

A CV with a two-page personal statement on why you want this position and why you think you are suited to the job should be returned to [email protected]. Please combine both documents into one PDF.

In order to complete your application please also complete IPPR Diversity Monitoring Form  

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is midnight Tuesday 22 November 2022.  Interviews will be held w/c 28 November 2022.