Research Fellow, University of Delaware

Lewes, DE

Position Title: Graduate Research Fellow/Assistant

Organization: University of Delaware’s School of Marine Science and Policy


The assistantship includes a tuition waiver for the Fall and Spring semesters and a stipend. Twelve-month stipends are approximately $29,000. Depending on individual circumstance, a 9-month stipend can be considered. 


I am pleased to announce that I seek a graduate research fellow/assistant for a comparative case study characterizing regional community attitudes regarding procedural and distributive justice dimensions of offshore wind development (power generation and transmission. We intend to focus on thirteen Southern New England communities, including federally-recognized Tribal Nations, a traditional fishing community, an economically-marginalized community, and an island community. We seek to identify and assess community concerns and attitudes regarding the procedural and distributive justice dimensions of offshore wind power development and to examine differences in attitudes among communities. The research effort will involve interviews during 2022, and funding approved, an online attitudinal survey of community members in 2023.


  • Experience with community-based participatory research is an asset.
  • You must apply and be accepted as a University of Delaware (UD) graduate student to be eligible for the assistantship.
  • From a research perspective, it is desirable if an applicant can matriculate in fall 2021 or spring (February) 2022, although fall 2022 admission (with summer 2022 funding) will be considered as well.

Research Details and Responsibilities:

  • This research is in collaboration with Dr. David Bidwell, (University of Rhode Island), Dr. Tiffany Smythe (U.S. Coast Guard Academy faculty member), and Dr. Kelsey Leonard (University of Waterloo). My primary appointment is in University of Delaware’s School of Marine Science and Policy. I also have a joint appointment in the Biden School of Public Policy & Administration, and am Faculty Affiliate and Program Committee Member of the Water Science and Policy graduate degree program. Funding for the research stipend is available through graduate research funding established by UD and the Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation (DEMEC) as part of the purchase and sale of renewable energy credits (RECs) generated by UD’s 2MW wind turbine that is located adjacent to the UD College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment’s (CEOE) campus in Lewes, Delaware. 
  • UD’s Wind Power Program is housed within the Center for Research in Wind (CReW), for which I serve as Director. CReW is managed by faculty in three colleges (CEOE, Business and Economics, and Engineering). In addition to wind power, CReW also focuses on grid-integrated electric vehicles. We also have established an exchange program with the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). We prepare students for successful careers in government, nongovernmental organizations, research institutions, and the private sector.  My research on socio-economic and cultural dimensions of wind power can be seen at (Social impacts and perceptions publications). Finally, we offer an Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Wind Power Science, Engineering and Policy, so the successful applicant will have the option of obtaining a specialist certificate in addition to a disciplinary graduate degree.

How to Apply:

Review of applications will begin immediately.

If you intend to apply, please email me (Jeremy Firestone) at