Dr Nicole Stremlau and Dr Eleanor Marchant are looking for a research assistant to work on a research project looking at the role of new technologies and non-state law in areas of limited statehood, particularly in Eastern Africa (including issues such as mobile money, the development of the telecoms sector, and the environment for technology and innovation).  The Research Assistant will contribute to the development of publications based on data that has already been collected.
The Research Assistant  will also contribute to the development of a conference to take place in the future and planning for an edited publication on new technologies and law in areas where there is limited government (from parts of Africa to the Middle East and South Asia).

Duration and hours

The work is to start as soon as possible and will run until 31 July 2020 at the latest.

The hours per week will vary, but the assistant will be expected to work up to 8 per week (and more will be possible if the successful applicant is eligible - students in the Law Faculty may not work for more than a total of eight hours per week).   


The Research Assistant will report to Dr Eleanor Marchant (acting PI during the maternity leave of the PI, Nicole Stremlau).



  • Hold a Master’s degree in a humanities/social science discipline together with some relevant experience
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Ability to manage own research and administrative activities
  • Excellent editorial capabilities and ability to write to a high standard in English


  • Experience working or researching in Africa or in fragile states
  • Experience or an interest in customary law and/or new technologies in the global south
  • Experience of contributing to research publications and new research projects
  • Experience of planning a conference


This role is intended for current graduate research students in the Law Faculty though recent graduates or students from other departments may be considered.

Rate of Pay

The work will be paid at the standard research assistant rate of £15.37/hour plus holiday pay per hour worked of £2.63 (total of £18.00/hour)


This project is funded by the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy.

How to Apply

A short CV and cover letter (including the name of your supervisor, if any) should be sent by email to eleanor.marchant@csls.ox.ac.uk  by noon on 15th February 2020. Please explain how you meet the requirements and give details of your availability for this work.  Interviews may be held. 

Supervisors may be asked for a reference.

Informal enquiries may be emailed to eleanor.marchant@csls.ox.ac.uk

See https://pcmlp.socleg.ox.ac.uk/ for further information.