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Research Officer - based in Kuala Lumpur with 3 months spent in Cardiff

Project: Systems Thinking and Place-based Methods for Healthier Malaysian Cities

Cities are now the dominant human habitat, with more influence than ever on economies, environments and health. Despite progress, intractable urban health problems persist, often the unintended consequences of decisions in other sectors. These problems carry substantial costs and are unevenly distributed. Unraveling urban complexity requires systems approaches grounded in a social-ecological understanding of health. In illuminating linkages between health and physical and social environments, such work can lead to healthier, greener, more equitable cities.

This project is funded by Newton-Ungku Omar Fund and joins partners with expertise in systems and place-based methods, urban planning and public health to examine urban health in Malaysia. It will apply such methods to catalyze and inform urban decision-making for local health and environment goals, while developing local research capacity. In particular, two workshops will focus on 1) green infrastructure and 2) urban food as they relate to urban health.

The research officer will contribute to workshops and other research-related project goals during a one-year term, spending nine months at UNU-IIGH in Kuala Lumpur, and three months at CU-PLACE in Cardiff, Wales, UK. He or she will work with and learn from global experts in urban health and sustainability, and gain valuable connections to global and regional research and policy networks.

This post is a full-time, fixed-term of 12 months

Salary: commensurate with qualifications and experience

Closing date: open until position is filled

Starting date: This post is available from 1 May 2016.

For full details and information on how to apply, please download the vacancy information