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Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, G4 0BA
£35,333 - £40,931 per year
Contract Type:
Fixed Term
Position Type:
Full Time
35 hours per week
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This is a full time/fixed term opportunity until 29 February 2024

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a research post as part of a National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) funded project – Public values, Universal Basic Income and health.

Glasgow Caledonian University - the University for the Common Good - is a vibrant, values-led, multi-cultural University with a global outlook, dedicated to delivering social innovation. Our organisational strategy is aligned with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and our globally recognised researchers advise governments, industry and international bodies. We’re ranked fifth in the world and first in the UK for promoting gender equality, 69th globally for social impact, and the top modern university in Scotland for research power. In 2020-21, we contributed £1.7 billion and more than 14,000 jobs across the globe.

The Yunus Centre for Social Business & Health was founded in 2010 and is named in honour of Professor Muhammad Yunus, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to advance social and economic opportunities of the poor through work on microcredit. There are 19 academic and research staff and 14 PhD students based in the Centre, 7 Centre members based in Glasgow Caledonian University’s Schools and a further 9 PhD students co-supervised. Our research cuts across the three main societal challenges listed in Glasgow Caledonian’s University’s Research strategy: inclusive societies, healthy lives and sustainable environments.  Focusing on social innovation, health, wellbeing and inequalities, we aim to transform the lives of communities through pioneering research in the following areas: 

  • Social economy
  • Economics of health and wellbeing
  • Community development, citizenship and participation 

We are looking to appoint a researcher on the ‘Public values, Universal Basic Income and health’ NIHR project. The aim of this mixed-methods project is to develop and test methods to elicit public values for Universal Basic Income and comparator policies in relation to their impact on population health and health inequalities. Methodologically the project combines stated preference questions (e.g. Contingent Valuation, Discrete Choice Experiments), focus groups and qualitative interviews. The team includes experts on these methodologies from across three universities: Glasgow Caledonian University, University of Aberdeen and Newcastle University.

The successful candidate will be responsible for literature searches and stakeholder discussions to identify and describe basic income and comparator policies, developing policy scenarios for valuation via stated preference questions, contributing to the design of stated preference questions to elicit public values, collecting data via focus groups, stated preference questions and qualitative interviews, and analysing data.  

We are looking for a candidate with experience of collecting and analysing primary data via qualitative interviews.  Candidates with relevant interests in health economics, economics, social science, social policy and public health are encouraged. Candidates should have excellent interpersonal, communication and project management skills and work well in a team environment. Ideally candidiates would have experience of using stated preference questions, a track record of publications and be proficient in use of qualitative (e.g. NVivo) and/or quantitative software packages (e.g. Stata, R) but this is not essential and training will be provided. 

For informal discussion about the post please contact Dr. Neil McHugh (


As the University for the Common Good, we are committed to embedding equality, diversity and inclusion, as well as our values in everything that we do.  As such, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates who demonstrate the GCU Values.

Glasgow Caledonian University is committed to a fair and transparent recruitment process that is free from bias so that we can attract and retain a high performing workforce which makes a critical contribution to our success​.

The University holds the prestigious Athena SWAN Silver institution award, which recognises our significant record of activity and achievement in promoting gender equality across different disciplines.

As a Disability Confident 'Committed' employer, we are striving to ensure that our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible to disabled people. Although the Disability Confident 'Committed' level does not guarantee an interview for disabled applicants, we will make reasonable adjustments for disabled applicants during the recruitment process.

The University also holds the Carer Positive ‘Engaged’ employer award, which recognises our commitment to supporting staff with caring responsibilities.

Glasgow Caledonian University are committed signatories to the Armed Forces Covenant

The University offers a range of benefits including opportunities for professional development, family friendly policies, cycle to work scheme and onsite childcare facilities.

Please note that the appointment will be made on the first point of the salary scale (unless by exception).