Postdoctoral Scholar in Urban Planning for Health at the University of Washington, USA

Closing Date: not specified
Job Category: Postdoc
Location: Seattle, United States of America
University: University of Washington
Department: Department of Urban Design and Planning
Faculty/Division: a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded study called Change Stories


The Department of Urban Design and Planning, University of Washington, is seeking a postdoctoral scholar with expertise in urban social research to join its team. The postdoctoral scholar will be under the primary mentorship of Dr. Helen Pineo, whose work investigates how urban change can support health and sustainability in the context of environmental degradation and inequities. The candidate will be working on a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded study called Change Stories (

The salary for this position is $5705 per month. Postdoctoral scholars are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. This is a full-time position with a 12-month service period, with the possibility for yearly renewal dependent upon performance. For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website.

Change Stories is an international research partnership that aims to spark dialogue and learning through storytelling about sustainable urban development. Researchers and community-based partners have partnered to shift common practices of how stories about successful urban change are told and who tells them. Co-investigators in Belfast, Belo Horizonte and Bogotá are using ethnographic and community-based participatory research methods to investigate the historical, social, political, economic and cultural context in which each city’s transformation occurred and individual change narratives.

The postdoctoral scholar will work closely with Dr. Pineo (the project PI) and co-investigators to synthesize learning across the case study cities and develop transferable findings. Further, the postdoctoral scholar will also make relevant theoretical contributions to understandings of 1) processes of urban transformation, 2) the role of stories in urban politics and policy mobilization and 3) methodological and conceptual innovations about epistemological pluralism (specifically in health and urban development sciences). Non-academic activities will also be a core part of the project, including partnering with U.S. and global organizations to collaboratively produce and share the “change stories” from each city through creative means.

The candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with and learn from a transdisciplinary and international group of scholars and non-academic partners with expertise in urban planning, social determinants of health, epidemiology, anthropology, sociology, architecture and more. The role will be based at the UW Seattle Campus. The postdoc will collaborate closely with partners based in the USA and globally (both through remote meetings and in-person fieldwork and events).

Diversity is a core value at University of Washington and in the College of Built Environments. We are passionate about building and sustaining an inclusive and equitable working and learning environment for all students, staff, and faculty. We believe every member on our team enriches our diversity by exposing us to a broad range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions. We are looking for a colleague who will champion the College’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and help our unit’s research efforts, working in collaboration with diverse partners. 


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