Postdoctoral Fellowship – Planning for Abolition – Ottawa, Canada

One postdoctoral fellowship is available, supported through the research project Planning for Abolition funded through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), based in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa.

This fellowship is an opportunity to both acquire and apply skills and knowledge, and is open to scholars across disciplines whose research focuses on issues related to any combination of urban and regional planning, translational or applied research, abolition (including carceral and decarceral studies, prison and policing studies, immigration studies, decolonization studies, social and spatial impacts of policing, restorative or
transformative justice).

The fellow will work with the research team to develop, conduct and report on participatory translational research to transfer general research findings into planning practices that support increased community safety and thriving through the abolition of prisons and policing.

Partial Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in relevant fields, or other relevant terminal degree with appropriate research experience;
  • Degree should be complete by start date (flexible between July 1-September 1 2024);
  • Date of degree should be no more than five years prior to start date;
  • Strong research design skills including ethics and research integrity;
  • Communication skills needed to translate complex ideas for many different types of audiences and produce
    creative research outputs;
  • Communication and negotiation skills needed to work collaboratively and across difference;
  • Self-motivation skills needed to work independently.

Salary: $67,500 annually (0.8fte)

Supervisor: Sheryl-Ann Simpson (Department of Geography & Environmental Studies, Carleton University)

About the project: Planning for Abolition is a research project hosted at Carleton University with collaborators in Canada and the US. The project asks what are the current definitions and key themes of abolition (thinking about abolition related to policing, prisons and other forms of surveillance and institutionalization); what do professional urban and regional planners know about the connections between planning, policing and prisons; and how can planning support abolitionist presents and futures.

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