Action Research Fellow – Aston University

Location:  Aston University Main Campus
Salary:  £41,526 to £49,553 per annum (pro-rata)
Grade:  Grade 09
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (until 31 December 2023)
Basis:  Part Time (24 hours)
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Sunday 25 July 2021
Interview Date:  Monday 23 August 2021
Reference:  R210237
Release Date:  Wednesday 30 June 2021


Aston University has been part funded by the European Social fund (ESF) to support the delivery of a project called Pathways to Enterprising Futures (PEF). The Pathways to Enterprising Futures project will deliver outreach activities to engage with women from diverse backgrounds, in hard to reach communities, and ensure they have the opportunity and know how to start a business, helping them move closer to self-employment or employment and improving diversity and representation in GBS LEP’s entrepreneurship ecosystem. This will be achieved through a number of diverse activities including identifying economically inactive or unemployed women in ethnic minority communities who are open to building their skills and engaging in enterprise activity, listening and consulting with them about their interests, skills, opportunities and barriers and offering them a range of support services.

The support services will include one-to-one support, boot camps delivered in communities and online, peer networks. An online innovative learning facility and a network of community trust point volunteers will also enhance and support the delivery of the project. The project will be underpinned by an action research framework and will provide research evidence to policy makers about the skills and business support needs of women entrepreneurs, and a template for operating accessible support and networks for women from ethnic minority communities who face barriers to enterprise and entrepreneurship.

The post will be located in Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME). CREME is the leading Centre of its kind; it is committed to the production and promotion of knowledge that is useful to academic and practitioner communities. CREME is a leading to contributor to academic and policy debates on ethnic minority entrepreneurship. It is at the forefront of new developments in the field, many of which have been instrumental in stimulating practitioner activities and is recognised as a Centre of expertise at a regional, national and international level.

The Action Researcher will support the co-academic leads – Professor Monder Ram and Dr. Elina Meliou – to develop a rigorous evidence-based model of inclusive business support (based on the experiences of the project) and draw out wider lessons for policy and practice.  The candidates should be a post-graduate a good first degree in a relevant subject and have a doctorate in a relevant academic discipline, such as social science, business or entrepreneurship with experience of research in migrant and ethnic minority businesses and/or entrepreneurship and enterprise policy.

The successful candidate should also have excellent analytical skills and have the ability to design and conduct academic and policy research in ethnic minority enterprise/ entrepreneurship.

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