We are hiring: European Network Researcher

Words by Daniel Lapedus
15 March 2018

Rethinking Economics (RE) is hiring a European Network Researcher. You will be hired on a freelance basis for 1 to 3 months to research the viability of establishing an RE campaign headquarters and staff team in one of five different European countries. You will produce a detailed report outlining where and how RE should hire a European Coordinator whose role it will be to work with student campaigners to establish a funded and staffed, national campaign headquarters. This role will require extensive European travel.  

You will be proactive and driven, strong analytical, communication and organisational skills as well as a desire to tackle new challenges. Previous research experience is essential.


About Rethinking Economics 

Rethinking Economics (RE) is an international network of students, academics and professionals building a better economics in society and the classroom. RE started as a student movement in 2012 and has since grown to become a registered UK charity (Charity no. 1158972) with a 5-person staff team based in Manchester.

Through a mixture of campaigning, events and projects, we support more than 50 student groups in 17 countries around the world, alongside thousands of supportive members of the public, to reform the university economics curriculum to make it more pluralist, critical and applicable to the real world. 

Highlights include featuring in the film Boom Bust Boom (now on Netflix), publishing ‘The Econocracy’, outlining our vision for economics, a pluralist economics textbook ‘The Rethinking Reader’ with Routledge, and organising the Festival of New Economic Thinking in Edinburgh in 2017 alongside INET’s Young Scholars Initiative and Netzwerk Plurale Ökonomik. 


Key Duties and Responsibilities in Carrying out the Contract Work 

-Work in collaboration with RE staff to devise the criteria for deciding which of the following countries to do further field research into; Italy, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland and the Netherlands

-Work with the Director and Head of Operations to devise a workplan and budget

-Conduct interviews both remotely and in person with student campaigners across Europe to assess the strength of the student movement for curriculum reform in economics in the above countries

-Conduct research into charity/company law and funding opportunities in selected countries with the support of student campaigners

-Assess the viability of setting up a funded, national charity/campaign headquarters in the above countries

-Produce a report with recommendations of; which country is best suited to hire a European Coordinator, the logistics of employing staff in the chosen country, and how best to engage other European campaigners in the process


Person Specification

-A graduate level qualification

-Experience in carrying out qualitative research, including, interviews, focus groups, and literature and policy reviews

-Excellent analytical skills and an ability to present information in a clear and understandable manner

-Ability to work independently to tight deadlines

-Excellent written and verbal communication skills

-Excellent interpersonal skills


Terms and Conditions

Contract: This role is a freelance position and will entail non-constant, casual work for a period of between 1 and 3 months.

Compensation: £100 per day with expenses for work related travel paid for. It is expected that this will be for at least 20 days over the 3 month period.

Location: Our offices are in Manchester though this role will require travel to some, if not all, of the selected countries. Remote working may be a possibility for the right candidate however, domestic UK travel will not be compensated.

Hours: The Director and Head of Operations will work with you to create a realistic and achievable workplan and schedule. Work will be casual and paid at a day rate. The expected time scale for this project is between 1 and 3 months.


Application Process

Please send a CV and covering letter (no more than 2 A4 sides each) to Please reference the person specification when writing the cover letter and where possible please evidence any available research reports you have led on.

We are an equal opportunities employer and particularly welcome applications from women, people who identify as black and ethnic minority, people with disabilities and people who identify as working class. If you are interested in the role but are not sure whether you meet all aspects of the person specification, we would strongly encourage you to apply or to contact us for an informal discussion, indicating which aspects of the role you feel you are well suited to.


The closing deadline for applications is Sunday 8th April.

If you have any queries or would like to have an informal discussion about the role, please do not hesitate to contact Laurence at

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