Research Fellow in Debt and Environmental Sustainability

School/department: School of Global Studies
Hours: Full time 
Contract: Fixed term for 12 months  
Reference:  2908
SalaryStarting at £32,548 and rising to £38,833 per annum
Placed on: 19 January 2018
Closing date23 February 2018.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date. 

Job description

The research unit ‘Debt and Environmental Sustainability (DES)’ within the Sussex Sustainability Research Project (SSRP) is looking for a postdoctoral researcher who will perform research at the interface of global debt and environmental sustainability using applied statistical methods. This project is funded by SSRP and is led by researchers in the Department of International Relations, Department of Geography and the Institute of Development Studies. The researcher will work in close collaboration with the DES research team to assimilate existing large datasets, create new public datasets and deliver a number of high-impact publications.

Key Requirements

The main requirement is strong expertise in statistical analysis, and knowledge in or strong willingness to learn geospatial analysis. Candidates may have a background in any field of Social, Physical or Natural Sciences (e.g. Economics, Environmental Sciences, Geography, International Development, International Relations, Mathematics, Computer Science, Policy Studies). Candidates should have experience in working with large datasets. Prior experience in the field of economics, political economy, environmental sciences, remote sensing or geospatial analysis is desirable but not mandatory. The candidate should be willing to engage with theoretical and empirical research in a multidisciplinary environment, and must be interested in generating and testing new scientific hypotheses and ideas. They should also be able to work both independently and as a member of a team under time pressure, and support the DES team with external funding applications.

Project objectives

The aim of DES is to map and analyse how global and local debt dynamics impact on key sustainability indicators (including forest cover, air pollution and resource efficiency). The project will first create new long series reference datasets. Then it will examine the nature of correlation, potential causality and possible thresholds among a wide range of economic, social and environmental indicators. Small-N studies will also be employed to supplement statistical analysis. The project aspires to break new ground on our understanding of how debt and environmental sustainability relate. The research results will feed in the United Nations’ consultation on the Sustainable Development Goals, but also on economic policy decisions related to credit growth, inequality, money creation and debt.

Advantages and career development 

This position is ideal for an ambitious researcher, enthusiastic about producing innovative, policy relevant research at the interface of natural and social sciences. The post will help the researcher to gain experience and visibility through high-impact publications, creation of new datasets, participation in high-level public events and networking activities, and working in a globally leading hub for development and sustainability research.  The researcher will also get on-the-job training in satellite image processing (if required) and research grant writing. They will also have access to multiple professional training courses available at University of Sussex and the Institute of Development Studies.

For more information on SSRP see:

For any further information and informal inquiry please contact: Dr Andreas Antoniades:

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