Climate & Colonialism Project Coordinator (Freelance Role)

Climate & Colonialism Project Coordinator (Freelance Role)

Are you interested in supporting an exciting new research project exploring the interrelated and enduring histories of colonialism, capitalism and climate change? Do you have some project management experience, like to collaborate and can work independently in an intellectually stimulating environment?

Then you will want to know that the Paul Mellon Centre is looking for a Project Coordinator to be engaged on a freelance basis for one year from January 2023, to help manage the delivery of Climate and Colonialism – a multi-year research project led by Dr Sria Chatterjee.

A fixed fee of £13,000 p.a. is offered. The time commitment will be 1.5 days per week.

Closing Date

The closing date is noon BST on 23 November 2022.


Interviews for the role will be held remotely on 8 December 2022.

The Paul Mellon Centre is a London-based educational charity and research centre that champions new ways of understanding British art history and culture. Climate & Colonialism is a Paul Mellon Centre-funded research project which will work towards new and interdisciplinary understandings of visual and material culture produced around and in response to the interrelated and enduring histories of colonialism, capitalism and climate change. Bringing together a range of media (including painting, sculpture, video, performance, architecture and photography) and time periods, this project takes an intersectional approach in which overlapping systems of oppression are considered in dialogue with the past, present and future.

We are looking for someone whose research interests and commitments align with the aims of the Climate & Colonialism research project. The project team is based at the Centre’s premises at Bedford Square in London and works with collaborators in the UK and across the world. We are keen for the new member of the team to work with us on the day-to-day running of the project as well as to participate in the larger conceptualisation of the research project as it grows.

Main Responsibilities and Expectations

The Project Coordinator will:

  • work closely with the Project Lead to help shape and develop the project’s partnerships, programmes and outputs
  • take on a range of administrative tasks related to the project, including but not limited to project budgeting, writing reports, liaising with collaborators, contributing to workshop and publication planning
  • lead on the development of open-access resources, working with internal and external collaborators
  • contribute to public engagement and communicating the project research and activities to a broad audience.

Thursdays will ideally be the primary working day in the 1.5 days per week commitment, although there can be some flexibility around working patterns. The work is a mixture of remote and in-person commitments. Agreed expenses for project-related travel outside London will be available as required.

You must be able to demonstrate:


  • proven project management experience
  • a collaborative approach to working
  • excellent time-management skills
  • a desire to be proactive and work in a self-motivated way
  • an ability to work on several different projects simultaneously and efficiently, working to meet deadlines
  • a proven interest in and knowledge of discourses around colonial and environmental history/literature/art.


  • MA or PhD in a topic related to the project
  • Experience of/interest in interdisciplinary conversations and activities that bridge the historical and the contemporary.

We commit to ensuring diversity, preventing unlawful discrimination and creating an equitable and inclusive environment in which everyone has access to knowledge of British art, architecture and visual culture across our all our activities.


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