University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Research Fellow in Reparative Studies of Education (12-month maternity cover followed by 8 months fixed-term contract)

Research Fellow in Reparative Studies of Education (12-month maternity cover followed by 8 months fixed-term contract)

Department of Education, 15 Norham Gardens, Oxford, OX2 6PY

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced researcher to join a collaborative project which examines reparations and reparative justice in school education. The project is funded by the UKRI Frontier Research grant, Reparative Futures of Education (REPAIR-ED) , and is led by Professor Arathi Sriprakash.

This is a fixed term post for 20 months and available from 15 September 2024. The contract is for an initial 12-month maternity cover followed by 8 months fixed-term contract (with potential for a further 4-month extension). Hours are as follows: full time for initial 12 months, then 26.25 hours per week (0.7 FTE) for the remaining 8 months.

The project involves collaborating with primary school-communities in the city of Bristol to design and conduct in-depth ethnographic and oral-history research on the features and mechanisms of structural inequities in education. The project will use its empirical findings to facilitate dialogues with stakeholders (schools, their communities, policy-actors and the broader public) to explore how reparative justice in education might be conceptualised and enacted. It is motivated by the overarching question: what does reparation in education look like?

The role would suit researchers with a strong background in education and in the disciplines of sociology, history, anthropology, or human geography. The project is particularly looking for candidates with experience in one or more of the following methodological areas: ethnographic research; participatory methodologies; community-based research and facilitation; oral history; participatory and/or digital archival methods. There is significant opportunity for the post-holders to creatively shape the research and to collaboratively develop new theoretical and methodological approaches.

The post-holder will join a supportive team dedicated to collaboration and mentorship, with significant opportunities for training and career development. A commitment to tackling educational injustices in Bristol and beyond will drive our work together.

The post-holder will be part of the Oxford University Department of Education and will be able to participate in the vibrant academic life of the University. The research involves spending extensive time in Bristol, allowing post-holders to be located there if preferred. The project will therefore support flexible working arrangements between Bristol and Oxford in negotiation with the successful applicants.

The post-holder, in collaboration with the Principal Investigator (Professor Arathi Sriprakash), will lead the design and implementation of school- and community- based research including: ethnographic and interview research in primary schools; walking ethnographies and mapping in communities; oral history interviews and the creation of participatory archives; literature and theoretical analyses; data management, coding and analysis; design and facilitation of workshops and dialogues with stakeholders; co-authoring and co-presentation of findings in different formats including peer-reviewed articles, blogs and news items, and conference papers.

More information about the conceptual premise of the project can be read in the following (open access) paper: Arathi Sriprakash (2022) Reparations: theorising just futures of education, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education , DOI: 10.1080/01596306.2022.2144141

Informal inquiries about the role can be directed to Arathi Sriprakash [email protected]

Applications for this vacancy should be made online and you will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement as part of your application, explaining how you meet the essential and desirable criteria for this post. You are also required to upload a writing sample (sole-authored work, whether published or unpublished, such as a chapter from your dissertation or peer-reviewed journal article).

For further details of the role, please see the job description. The closing date for applications is midday on Thursday 30 May 2024, and only applications received by this deadline will be considered. Interviews will likely be held online in the afternoon of 11 June 2024.

Contact Person : HR Team Vacancy ID : 172766 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 30-May-2024 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 8 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : £45,585 – £49,794 per annum, pro rata for part-time

Job details


Research Fellow in Reparative Studies of Education (12-month maternity cover followed by 8 months fixed-term contract)


University of Oxford


United Kingdom


May 11, 2024

Application deadline

May 30, 2024

Job type



Anthropology,Education,Geosciences,History,Political Science,Social Science

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The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and is actually so ancient that its founding date is unknown – though it is thought that teaching took place there as early as the 11th century. It’s located in and around the medieval city center of Oxford, dubbed “the dreaming city of spires” by the 19th century poet Matthew Arnold, and comprises 44 colleges and halls as well as the largest library system in the UK. 

There are 22,000 students at Oxford in total, around half of whom are undergraduates, while 40 per cent are international students. A quarter of the city of Oxford’s residents are students, giving the city the youngest population in the UK. 

The University of Oxford does not have a main campus, its buildings and facilities instead being scattered around the medieval city center. Its colleges each have a distinctive character and traditions often dating back centuries. Colleges are self-governing institutions to which students usually apply directly. There are four academic divisions within Oxford University: Humanities, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences; Medical Sciences; and Social Sciences. The university’s particular strength is the sciences, and it is ranked number one in the world for medicine.

Oxford is a youthful and cosmopolitan city with plenty to see and do. There are dozens of historic and iconic buildings, including the Bodleian Libraries, Ashmolean Museum, Sheldonian Theatre, the cathedral, and the colleges themselves.  Students can choose to spend their time studying or avail themselves of the many extracurricular activities available. There’s a strong musical life at Oxford, with clubs and societies spanning all genres, from jazz, through to classical and folk. Oxford is also ranked highly for sport, with its top rowers taking part every year in the world-famous boat race with the University of Cambridge on the River Thames. Drama lovers are also well catered for, with one of the largest and most vibrant university drama scenes in the country.

Oxford has an alumni network of over 250,000 individuals, including more than 120 Olympic medalists, 26 Nobel Prize winners, seven poets laureate, and over 30 modern world leaders (including Bill Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Indira Ghandi and 26 UK Prime Ministers). 

It has a friendly rivalry with Cambridge for the title of best university in the UK and is regularly ranked as being one of the top three universities in the world. Notable Oxford thinkers and scientists include Tim Berners-Lee, Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins.

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