Research Assistant/Associate in Food in the Seascape

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


  • Posted on: 08th Feb 2021
  • Salary: Research Assistant - £28,331 to £30,046 pro rata
  • REF: 5784
  • Closes: 10th March 2021
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Part Time

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.

Salary: Research Assistant – £28,331 to £30,046 pro rata

Research Associate – £30,942 to £40,322 pro rata

Closing Date: 10 March 2021

The Role

We are seeking a dynamic and creative researcher to join the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape with skills in both social sciences and arts research approaches and methods and an understanding of landscape and food issues and research frames.

The Tyne to Tees, Shores and Seas Partnership scheme (SeaScapes) is an exciting collaborative landscape partnership project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund which has provided £2.78m and is the only scheme of its kind to be supported by The Fund. This initiative aims to benefit communities in South Tyneside, Sunderland, Durham and Hartlepool over the next four years through the exploration and celebration of the natural and cultural heritage of the land-sea interface. We will be looking at the coastal zone reaching out to and into undersea landscapes.

You will work along-side our partners in the scheme which is led by Durham County Council using methods including archival research – particularly in relation to images and descriptions of the foodscapes – interviews/oral histories, observation and other techniques to capture and communicate the character and experience and stories of the food landscape. We are working alongside partners, particularly with the fishing industry and local communities. The aim is to connect the local communities with their shore and inshore waters, sea food traditions and folklore by making the links between the seascape we see and the food we eat. We are also interested in exploring the potential of the foodscape for tourism purposes, and opportunities to reintroduce species, such as oysters, and/or emerging ideas for exploring the cultivation and use of seaweed and maritime plants. We envisage developing ways to celebrate the heritage alongside our partners – such as festivals, food foraging events, exhibitions and digital records – and to provide a legacy of information accessible by communities and stakeholders. Some knowledge of food research and experience of coastal landscapes and marine issues would be welcome, and experience of working with communities. Evidence of good communication skills and a range of research methods capabilities are needed for this post. Experience/expertise in on-line research and engagement methods is welcome.

For more information about the project see

This is part-time and fixed-term for 18 months at 50%FTE. Flexible part time positions can be discussed.

Informal queries to: Maggie Roe, Reader in Landscape Planning Research & Policy Engagement

Key Accountabilities

  • Build relationships with partners, stakeholders, people, community groups and organisations within and relevant to the study area
  • Review literature on the foodscapes of the seascape
  • Determine appropriate methodologies for co-producing knowledges about the foodscape of this area.
  • Develop research ideas and a research agenda in line with the project’s aims.
  • Carry out and facillitate the research and community engagement in collaboration with partners.
  • Investigate opportunities for new food growing, harvesting & gathering in this seascape.
  • Co-organise and develop ways to celebrate the heritage and opportunities of food in the seascape
  • Communicate and report the ongoing findings of your research to other partners and research colleagues in the University
  • Maintain accurate, secure, detailed and up-to-date records for all work carried out under the Seascapes project
  • Develop online records for legacy purposes
  • Develop publications for various audiences

The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Skills in community working, participatory or collaborative research methods
  • Creative practice skills
  • Interdisciplinary research experience
  • Knowledge and experience of engaging with food and landscape research
  • Exhibition/performance curation skills
  • Potential to write high-quality publications
  • Experience of event organisation
  • Understanding of safeguarding and ethical research policies
  • Digital media skills

Attributes and Behaviour

  • Collaborative team worker
  • Highly organised
  • Self-motivated
  • Excellent communicator
  • Willingness to travel locally and carry out fieldwork
  • Ability to work flexibly according to the needs of the project
  • Encompass equality, diversity and inclusion in all work


  • PhD in relevant arts, humanities or social-science subject, or extensive equivalent relevant experience
  • Relevant undergraduate and postgraduate degrees

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff 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.

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: 5784

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