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Research Assistant

Position based in India

Salary: Up to GBP 120 per day (based on candidate qualifications)

Fixed term appointment for 6 months

Approximately 1-2 days per week. Hours per week can be flexible according to the successful candidate's commitments

The CEP is seeking to appoint a research assistant on the research project "Urban Waste" under the supervision of Dr Swati Dhingra, Associate Professor (Reader), Department of Economics and CEP, LSE.

The research project explores several new aspects of the economics of cities in low-income environments using field surveys, evaluations and economic models. The position is based in Patna, Bihar, where a waste management study is taking place in coordination with the local government. The position offers collaboration with the research team in analysing the adoption of sustainable waste practices. It is ideal for someone who is interested in collaborative or independent research on waste workers and sustainable cities.

The successful candidate would have an undergraduate degree in Sociology, Anthropology, Economics or other related disciplines, and would be ideally embarking on a career of research in these fields. Other essential criteria include: ability to think through social, economic and environmental problems analytically, and ability to conduct field research.

Desirable criteria include experience of ethnographic research; knowledge of and interest in waste management and sustainability of cities; experience of execution and write up of independent research projects such as a masters' or doctoral thesis.

The exact start date will be agreed with the successful candidate depending on their constraints, but should be in the early fall of 2021.

Visit to learn more about the research of Swati Dhingra and to learn more about the work of the CEP.

Applications must include a full curriculum vitae (CV) and a covering letter that explains the candidate's qualification and motivation for the position. Candidates who are shortlisted for the position will be asked to submit a writing sample to assess their suitability for the position.

Applications should be sent to by 7th September 2021.

Unfortunately we will not be able to sponsor candidates for a visa for this role, so you must have eligibility to work in India.

CEP Occasional Research Assistants

The Centre for Economic Performance invites postgraduate students to apply for Occasional Research Assistantships

Occasional Research Assistants are offered facilities and full membership of the centre and an hourly rate of pay (currently around £17.50 to £20 an hour) to provide on average a day or more's research assistance a week. Working on centre projects usually provides students with material, data etc for their PhD and helps them define a thesis topic more quickly. In some cases we will offer places to associate scholars who will not carry out research assistance but whose own research is well advanced and can contribute to the Centre's programme of work.

For detailed information about research undertaken at the CEP please read the CEP Programme of Work 2020 - 2025 and browse our website.

If you have a keen interest in working in one of the Centres' main research areas, complete and return the ORA application form (available in Adobe PDF and Microsoft Word).

CEP Summer Internship Programme

Applications for 2021 are now closed.

The CEP has a small number of vacancies for Summer Internships from May to October open to Economics graduates and postgraduates. This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience of research in practice and can lead on to longer Occasional Research Assistantships with the Centre.

Download further information and an application form, available as a PDF file or word document.

Please return your completed application form to Linda Cleavely, email, with the subject line 'ORA your surname' (e.g. ORA Smith).