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Research Assistant – Discourse Analysis

The successful applicant will join the research team on the ‘Neoliberal Terror’ project in the PAIS department at the University of Warwick. ‘Neoliberal Terror’ is funded by the European Research Council to explore the transformation of counter-terrorism policy and discourse in Europe.

We currently have a temporary vacancy on the qualitative research team, for an applicant skilled in discourse analysis. Initially, the post is for 100 hours to be worked over a period of twelve weeks – however the position could potentially be extended after this time.

A desirable characteristic (which is by no means essential) is the ability to read policy reports produced in French and to produce detailed summaries in English.

The successful applicant will assist Dr Heath-Kelly with a discourse analysis of crime prevention and radicalisation prevention documents, produced by international organisations and conferences. We are interested in how concepts, frames and practices once associated with managing juvenile delinquency have shifted into radicalisation prevention programs.

Duties will include:

  • reading and systematically analysing the materials produced by one or more International Organisations
  • producing an overview document which details the development of crime prevention and radicalisation prevention themes in that material
  • regular virtual meetings with the primary investigator who will guide and oversee the analysis
  • systematic review of primary and secondary literature on counter-terrorism directives produced by the United Nations and European Union.

Depending on the language skills of the applicant, one or more tasks could be replaced with a review of pre-selected French language material on crime prevention/radicalisation prevention.

The successful applicant :

  • Will have (or be near to completing) a PhD in the Social Sciences, Humanities or another cognate discipline
  • Have extensive experience within Research
  • Be able to demonstrate expert familiarity with discourse analysis, having applied it in previous research
  • Will be experienced at reading and analysing large volumes of text, both primary and secondary in origin.


The ability to read policy reports produced in French and to produce detailed summaries in English.

The successful applicant does not require familiarity with crime prevention or radicalisation prevention as topics. Topic-specific guidance will be provided by the primary investigator on the project.

Home based (UK)
Please ensure to include a covering letter highlighting where you meet the requirements for the role.
This role will close to new applicants on 22nd February 2021


University of Warwick
3 Months
0.2 FTE (Total 100 hours)

Pay - Unitemps