Posted on: 13 June, 2019
Application deadline: July 10, 2019

Post-doc: Political economy of care of and by separated child migrants, Open University, UK

We are seeking to appoint a highly motivated Post-Doctoral Research Associate to work on a project titled ‘Between protection and exclusion: Separated child migrants’ care relationships and caring practices.’ The project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

This project has three work packages:

(WP1) To investigate how separated child migrants in England make sense of care relationships and caring practices; both the care they provide and receive,

(WP2) To investigate how adult stakeholders involved in the care of separated child migrants in England make sense of and value care relationships and caring practices and

(WP3) To undertake an analysis of the cultural political economy of care for and by separated child migrants.

The successful candidate will play a full role in the design, execution and dissemination of the project. Specific duties will mainly focus on work packages 2 and 3 and involve analysing critical political economy of the immigration-welfare nexus in the UK as it pertains to separated child migrants’ caring practices and care relationships. This includes analysis of media, policy, and the multi-scalar distribution and organisation of networks, actors, institutions and resources flows. Other responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, conducting semi-structured interviews/focus groups with adult stakeholders, qualitative data analysis, updating and maintaining research project websites, engaging in social media and communications activities, as well as academic and public dissemination.

The successful candidate should have completed a PhD in critical political economy or a relevant field of expertise such as cultural political economy, feminist political economy, economic sociology or other disciplines bearing on the study of markets, politics and economic development that could be applied to care, migration and/or childhood.

Closing Date: 10 July 2019 – 12:00. Successful applicants will be invited to interview on 19th July 2019.

  1. This is a re-posting. The position is Tier 2 visa compliant in the case a success applicant is from outside the EEA / Switzerland.

Full posting details are available here. For enquiries about the post, contact one of the project leads Dr Sarah Crafter  ( or Dr Rachel Rosen (