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The Department of Land Economy is seeking to appoint a full time Research Associate to work on an ESRC-NSFC research project: Nudging Towards a Better Financial Future: Applying Behavioural Insights in the Development of Financial Systems in Rural China. You will be expected to work closely with faculty members, PhD students, and visiting scholars that are involved in this project. This may include a range of tasks such as literature reviews, designing and administering surveys and field experiments in China, data analysis, writing first drafts of sections of reports and academic papers, and assisting in the organization of workshops and conferences in Cambridge and China.

This fixed-term appointment is from 1 August 2017, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The salary will be at Research Associate Grade 7 (£29,301 to £38,183) on the University scale.

The post holder will be expected to have a good first degree in a relevant area (e.g., psychology, social policy, economics, finance, urban studies or geography) and proven research skills and experience. Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a Ph.D. (or equivalent experience). Where a PhD has been submitted but yet to be awarded appointment will initially be made as a Research Assistant and amended to Research Associate upon the award of PhD.

The post would enable an early career researcher to gain experience in several interlinked disciplines, including finance, urban economics, planning, and housing studies. The position will provide a real opportunity for a career within several interesting areas of research, and you will have every chance to develop your research skills in a rapidly changing policy context.

Project details: Rural finance is the weakest point in China's financial systems. Rural households are more constrained than their urban counterparts in terms of financial product availability, consumer protection, and asset accumulation. The development of the rural financial system faces resistance from both the demand and the supply sides. This project addresses the challenge by investigating the applications of a proven behavioural approach, namely, Libertarian Paternalism, in the development of rural financial systems in China. The overarching research question of this project is whether and how behavioural insights can be used to help rural residents in China make sound financial decisions, which will ultimately contribute to the sustainable economic development in China. The research will be conducted through field experiments in rural China. By relying on field evidences, the project team will develop policy tools and checklists for policy makers to help rural households make sound financial decisions. To disseminate research findings, the project will create and maintain an online knowledge-sharing platform, organise workshops, conferences and public seminars, and produce publications of both academic papers and teaching cases. This is a three-year project from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2019. The total budget of the project is about £600,000, which is shared between ESRC and NSFC.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.

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Closing date for applications is 20 April 2017

Only applicants who are short listed for interview will be contacted.

Interviews are expected to take place on 2 May 2017

Informal enquiries to Dr Helen Bao (01223 337116)

Please quote reference JP11640 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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