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Research Associate: Sustainable Rural- Urban Communities & Food, Land and Security

We are recruiting a Research Associate for one or both of the following research areas: Sustainable Urban Communities; Food, Land and Security. Principal activities will include collection and analysis of research data, producing high quality research outputs aimed at both academic and non-academic audiences and generating research income.

Job Description 

  • develop research proposals on individual or joint research (including collaboration with external stakeholders and partners), for submission to external funding bodies. 
  • prepare research ethics and research governance applications as appropriate.
  • prepare and publish articles in internationally recognised journals.
  • Assist in the supervision of postgraduate research students.
  • Develop research projects, and to provide effective project administration.
  • Participate in Institute and School of Planning and Geography research and engagement activities.
  • Develop internal and external networks in order to influence decisions, explore future research requirements and share research ideas for the benefit of the Institute and the University.
  • Engage effectively with external partners and stakeholders in order to cultivate strategically valuable alliances and collaborations. 
  • Undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to and which will enhance performance.
  • Participate in Institute activities in order to promote its work to the wider University and the outside world.

 Essential Criteria

  • Postgraduate degree at PhD level in a relevant social science or inter-disciplinary field.
  •  A developing portfolio of research within one or both the following research fields:
    - Sustainable urban and rural communities
    - Food, land and security
  • Proven ability to conduct empirical research and communicate findings effectively
  • Proven ability to publish in national and international journals
  • Proven ability to develop high quality research proposals to attract significant grant funding
  • Proven ability in a range of empirical and analytical skills relevant to the research field
  • Proven ability in communicating effectively and persuasively with a wide range of audiences
  • Ability to supervise the work of other researchers and postgraduates, to focus team efforts and motivate individuals
  • Proven ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and collegiate team-working within a multi-disciplinary research environment.
  • Evidence of collaborations with external stakeholders.
  • Proven ability to work without close supervision.
  • Proven ability to adapt to the changing requirements of the Higher Education community.
  • Evidence of ability to participate in and develop both internal and external networks and utilise them to enhance the research activities of the School.
  • A willingness to take responsibility for academically related administration.

Research programme 1: Sustainable Rural-Urban Communities
Many fundamental aspects of sustainable place-making, including the development of more sustainable systems of transport, food production and distribution, energy and waste management, and housing provision, depend on where and how people live. Understanding differences in community context and capacity (particularly urban- rural linkages) and governance processes are crucial in exploring sustainable work and living. This perspective also focuses attention on the scalar dimension of sustainability from small communities through to cities and city-regions.

Research Programme 4: Food, Land and Security
Food is one of the most pressing public policy issues, in view of long-term global population pressures and the need to adapt to global environmental change. At the national level, there are growing concerns about food security and managing the trade-offs in land use (for example between food and energy), alongside new pressures for local and urban food supply systems. To redefine the 'new food equation', the Institute will undertake research on 'place-based food interactions' that takes a whole systems perspective, starting with biodiversity and moving through to food production and consumption. This integrative approach allows us to link research on economic production activity, social consumption preferences and patterns, with deeper understanding of the role of biodiversity and ecosystems in promoting food security.

Post Reference Number: 3504BR
The post is fixed term until 31/07/18. Secondment applications may also be considered.

Salary: £31342 - £37394 per annum (Grade 6)

Closing Date:  July 9th 2015

More details about how to apply on the University jobs website.