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Urban poverty and digital exclusion in Pune: Researchers wanted

The Centre for Commuication and Development Studies (CCDS) seeks applications for the positions of Senior Researcher and Junior Researcher for a two-year research project that will map the extent of digital exclusion of the poor in Pune city and advocate for universal broadband access.

CCDS has been engaged in the research and communication of information for social change and manages the portal as well as the youth outreach process Open Space.

The Senior Researcher will have a Master's degree and at least 5 years experience in social science research, with proven skills in survey, interviewing and ethnographic techniques, and the ability to write in-depth but readable reports and perspective papers. Researchers specialised in subjects related to urban poverty, social exclusion and governance will be preferred. Strong networks with state and civil society organisations working with the urban poor at the city and state levels will be useful.   

The Junior Researcher will have a Master's in Social Work and/or the Social Sciences and some experience of social science research. Candidates must have a thorough understanding of the processes that perpetuate poverty and social injustice and be energetic, willing to undertake extensive fieldwork, and have excellent writing/documentation skills.

The research team will also conceptualise and manage an advocacy campaign at the citizen and policymaker levels, and document human interest stories related to Internet access for the poor in print and multimedia. Campaign experience and multimedia skills will therefore be an added advantage.  

Both positions are Pune-based, full-time and for a two-year period. 

Applications accompanied by CV, references and samples of published work/research studies may be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by July 15, 2013. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.