Postdoctoral Fellow - Regional Landscapes

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As the longest-running agriculturally-based university in the Southern Hemisphere, Lincoln University’s story begins with farming, but it certainly doesn’t end there. As New Zealand’s economy diversified, so have we. Lincoln University is here to enhance and enrich lives. To grow the knowledge of our students so they can shape a world that benefits from a greater understanding of the relationship between our land, the food produced from it and the ecosystems within it. With three academic faculties, one teaching division, several research centres, and a range of corporate service units, the University draws its students from throughout New Zealand and from over 60 countries. Lincoln University has a student roll of around 3,000 and approximately 700 staff.

Working under the guidance of the Associate Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, this role is involved in designing landscape-centric scenarios for productive landscape futures at regional scales. The research investigates the Mackenzie Basin in Te Wai Pounamu (South Island) in Aotearoa New Zealand. This area, while unique, typifies many of the issues facing New Zealand in the conflict over resource streams, conservation and production values, and production and consumption particularly for the tourism and agricultural sectors. In these tensions also exist opportunities for innovation, and the primary function of this role is to develop viable, desirable landscape futures that move beyond default settings of protection versus intensification.

The role will be responsible for developing and populating an innovative layered landscape model that integrates both spatial and values-based properties for the Mackenzie Basin in ways that incorporates expert academic and stakeholder knowledge, and a range of measures, to identify, develop and measure the respective value of novel productive landscape futures. 

To be considered for this role you will need to have:

  • A PhD in a relevant discipline, which include land-use and landscape studies, social sciences, human environment relations, environmental sociology, and geography
  • Ability to represent diverse land uses, policy positions, and values-based relationships in both spatial (including GIS) and also other values-based models
  • Expertise in working in a range of land-use contexts, with skills in productive and/or urban and/or peri urban environments
  • Detailed understanding of land-use issues and tensions in Aotearoa New Zealand and/or international settings
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 

This is a full-time, fixed term position that will end two years from the date of commencement.
For further background on the Mackenzie Basin and the context for this research visit:
Please apply online with your CV and cover letter.
For more information, please refer to the position description on the Lincoln University careers page or contact Patrice Wilkin, Recruitment Business Partner, on 03 423 0312.
Applications close on Monday 30/09/19 at 9am.  

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