Research Assistant Position - Project: Mapping the power of the carbon-extractive corporate resource sector

Research Assistant – Job Description

Project: Mapping the power of the carbon-extractive corporate resource sector


The intensifying development of Western Canada's fossil fuel resources has far-reaching implications for our economic and ecological wellbeing, the acceleration of global climate change, and the rights and title of Aboriginal peoples. Extractive corporations play a central role

in decision-making about how we manage these resources—yet the industry's evolving organization and reach are not well understood, nor are they easily visible to citizens or other key publics.

Broadly, this research will look at how the carbon-extractive industry is organized and how it is linked to other economic and political sectors. 

Purpose and Scope

The graduate student Research Assistant position will contribute to the “Mapping the power of the carbon-extractive resource sector” project, as part of a SSHRC-funded Partnership co-hosted by the University of Victoria and the CCPA-BC. This term position will provide research assistance to the project co-director at UVic, Bill Carroll.



Over the course of the employment term, beginning in September 2016, the Research

Assistant will:

• Update data on corporate interlocking and ownership in and around the fossil fuel sector;

• Participate in analysis of these data and/or in updating and gathering additional data on elite connections between the corporate sector and select organizations of political and civil society;

• Participate in writing reports based on the above activities;

• Assist UVic’s co-director of the project with research and outreach work as needed;

• Attend project team meetings and workshops as required.

Skills and experience required

• Graduate student (MA or PhD) in a relevant discipline, preferably Sociology (the successful applicant must be able to work in Victoria);

• Some familiarity with academic and/or policy literature relevant to this topic;

• Trained in quantitative and qualitative research methods;

• High level of facility with databases, and strong attention to detail;

• Strong writing skills in synthesizing complex ideas and translating academic concepts for a wider audience.

• Able to manage multiple responsibilities and tasks effectively.

Apply to:    Bill Carroll

                Professor of Sociology

                University of Victoria