Research Fellow Ref 9294

School/department: University of Sussex Business School/Science Policy Research Unit
Hours: full time or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 1 FTE
Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: fixed term until 31/3/2024
Reference: 9294
Salary: Grade 7 - starting at £35,333to £42,155 per annum depending on experience.
             Grade 8 - starting at £43,414 to £51,805 per annum depending on experience
Placed on: 26 July 2022
Closing date: 22 August 2022 Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date: To be confirmed
Expected start date: October 2022 or soon thereafter

Job description

The Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), within the University of Sussex Business School, is seeking to appoint a Research Fellow to contribute to a Defra - BEIS project “Nature-based Solutions for Climate Change at the Landscape Scale” supported by the Treasury’s Shared Outcomes Fund and led by Natural England, Environment Agency, RBG Kew and the Forestry Commission.

The University of Sussex is supporting RBG Kew on an interdisciplinary research stream, led by Prof. Fiona Marshall (Professor of Environment and Development, SPRU), which is assessing the carbon, biodiversity, socio-economic and cultural implications of land use change options for sites in Sussex. The role will involve the following tasks:

  • Systemic Literature review and policy analysis relation to (1)Cultural ecosystem services and how they can be valued and recognised in decision making processes. (2) Carbon, biodiversity and agriculture/food system interactions; in the context of Nature based Solutions
  • Working with colleagues to develop and use a social-ecological landscape modelling tool
  • Organisation of semi-structured interviews and focus group discussions with stakeholders in sites in Sussex
  • Analysis of qualitative research and contribution to academic and policy focussed written outputs

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