Postdoctoral Research Associate

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Canterbury, ENGLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 26 Apr 2021

The School of Anthropology and Conservation are looking for a high-calibre environmental economist is required to undertake world-leading research as a Postdoctoral Research Associate on an exciting interdisciplinary project. 

RELATE is a European Research Council (ERC) funded project entitled ‘Environmental Spaces and the Feel-Good Factor: Relating Subjective Wellbeing to Biodiversity’. It is led by Prof Zoe Davies (University of Kent), in collaboration with Dr Martin Dallimer (University of Leeds), Prof Thomas Lundhede (University of Copenhagen), Dr Robert Fish (University of Kent) and Dr Katherine Irvine (James Hutton Institute). You will join a team comprising another Postdoctoral Research Associate and two Research Assistants.

RELATE is pioneering novel approaches to investigating and deepening our understanding of this relationship, drawing on methodologies from human geography, environmental psychology, ecology and economics. The project’s aims are thus shaped by a strong commitment to interdisciplinary research and innovation, both theoretically and empirically, in addressing RELATE’s core objectives: (i) to explore how people relate to different biodiversity attributes, positively and negatively, across all classes of cultural ecosystem service and human-nature experience; and (ii) understand how co-occurrence between biodiversity and people may alter across space/time, and the impact this may have on human-biodiversity relationships.

As Postdoctoral Research Associate you will:

  • Design, implement and analyse environmental monetary and non-monetary valuations for biodiversity
  • Keep up-to-date with the literature in the field and critically evaluate it
  • Write the findings up into peer-reviewed journal papers and present the findings at conferences
  • Produce non-academic outputs communicating the research objectives and outcomes (e.g. policy briefs)

To be successful in this role you will have/be:

  • MSc in a relevant thematic area and PhD in environmental economics or a closely related field
  • A track record of writing and contributing to publications for high-impact peer-reviewed journals (commensurate with time since PhD completion)
  • Experience of collaborating effectively with academic partners across multiple institutions
  • A strong background in the valuation of biodiversity, ecosystems, ecosystem services and related concepts

The School of Anthropology and Conservation is a multinational research community whose research and teaching has real world impact. Our creative lecturers, internationally recognised research, state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and welcoming student spaces create an inspiring learning environment.

The School hosts five research centres unique in the UK (Skeletal Biology Research Centre, Centre for Biocultural Diversity, Kent Interdisciplinary Centre for Spatial Studies, Centre for Ethnographical Research and the Durrell Institute for Conservation and Ecology), together with the Living Primates Research Group. Also associated with anthropology at Kent is the Powell-Cotton Museum, which has the largest collection of primatological material in the UK, and one of the largest ethnographic collections of sub-Saharan African artefacts. Our research staff are active at academic and professional conferences, both nationally and internationally, and publish in leading journals. Their work often attracts global media attention, and a number of our staff and students have received prestigious awards for their research and its contribution to science and real world issues. 

Interviews are likely to be held 5/6 May

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