Short term research opportunity on cuckooing at Durham University

Postdoctoral Research Associate Department of Sociology

Grade 7: - £33,797 - £40,322 pro rata

Fixed Term - Part Time Contract Duration: 2-3 months dependent on project Contracted Hours per Week: 14

The Department of Sociology is seeking to appoint researchers on a full-and part-time basis to support up to 3 posts working on different projects overseen by investigators Catherine Donovan in the area of violence and abuse. The primary responsibilities of the postholder will be to work with their assigned investigator  with the following primary objectives:

 ‘Cuckooing investigation’  (up to 5 days per week 10-12 weeks)

1. To work with the lead investigator and the team to secure ethical approval and conduct fieldwork with those victimised by cuckooing (n=5-10); and practitioners about the processes by which the homes of situationally vulnerable adults are taken over by individuals for nefarious purposes (cuckooing). This will include taking part in a training event focused on conducting interviews with learning disabled adults.

 2. To conduct a literature review on cuckooing; import the transcribed interviews into NVivo and begin coding and analysis of the transcripts paying close attention to the processes of cuckooing.

How to Apply

 For informal enquiries please contact Professor Catherine Donovan at All enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence. We prefer to receive applications online via the Durham University Vacancies Site. As part of the application process, you should provide details of 3 (preferably academic/research) referees and the details of your current line manager so that we may seek an employment reference.

 Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in the University.

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