Political Ecology Network

Postdoc opportunity: Group Water Schemes in Ireland, Trinity College Dublin

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12-month post-doctoral research position based in the Geography Department, Trinity College Dublin. This is the second of two post-doctoral research positions connected to this project.
The research project is based in Ireland and looks at Group Water Schemes (rural, community-managed water infrastructures). While Group Water Schemes are often understood as a minor, even residual component of Ireland’s water system, this project approaches them as potentially important sites for re-thinking key questions relating to the state, modernity, infrastructure and the hydro-social cycle (and thus relates to a broad body of infrastructure-related literature coming from political ecology, science and technology studies, and anthropology in recent years).
Post Summary
The EPA-funded research project WISDOM (Group Water Schemes: Community Infrastructure for Sustainable Development) based in the Department of Geography, Trinity College Dublin, is seeking to appoint a Research Fellow (Post-Doctoral Researcher) working in the fields of political ecology and/or science and technology studies, preferably with a research interest in the core themes of water and/or infrastructure. The position is offered for 12 months on a Full-Time basis. The WISDOM project will examine the phenomenon of Group Water Schemes in Ireland within the context of: (1) complex political economic pressures, regulatory demands, and changing environmental conditions; (2) current theoretical debates on the material politics of infrastructures within political ecology, science and technology studies, and anthropology. Group Water Schemes are community-managed water infrastructures that provide drinking water to approximately 7% of the Irish population. While Group Water Schemes are often understood as a minor, even residual component of Ireland’s water system, this project approaches them as potentially important sites for re-thinking key questions relating to the state, modernity, infrastructure and the hydro-social cycle.
The position starts on 1st September and closing date for applications is 22nd June
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