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Lecturer in Quantitative Environmental Social Science

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University of York - Heslington Campus
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38,183 - 46,924 a year
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Athena Swan Bronze

The Environment Department continues to grow rapidly. It moved into its new £12.5M building at the heart of York’s Heslington West campus at the start of 2016, has grown its academic staff by 7 FTE since 2014 and is successfully running four undergraduate degrees including Human Geography and Environment (launched in 2015) and Environment, Economics and Ecology. In line with our post-REF strategy, the Department is offering further exciting opportunities to be involved in this continued expansion. We are seeking a quantitative environmental social scientist with a commitment to excellence in research and teaching who will complement and extend our existing research in the social sciences. 

Candidates from any area of the social sciences with a quantitative environmental focus and appropriate teaching, research and/or enterprise experience will be considered. We are particularly interested in candidates with research interests in economic geography, resource geography, environmental psychology, development economics, socioecology or political ecology, particularly within a development context. We are interested in candidates who have experience in, or the potential to contribute to, multidisciplinary and internationally collaborative programmes of activity that could make a strong contribution to the global developmental challenges agenda. 

The main duties and responsibilities of the post are to develop and deliver funded research projects and to contribute to outputs related to these projects, to design, develop and deliver teaching within the area of quantitative environmental social science and to perform administrative tasks within the department. 

Candidates will have a PhD or equivalent experience in quantitative environmental social science or a closely related discipline and either possess or by willing to complete an appropriate academic professional and teaching qualification. Candidates will have knowledge of a range of research techniques and methodologies, have research expertise in an area that will complement and enhance the department’s research strategy and have a knowledge of research funding issues and opportunities in the UK and internationally. 

Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate the ability to develop research projects and proposals, have well-developed analytical skills, have highly developed oral and written skills, have the ability to deliver presentations at appropriate events, the ability to design teaching materials for a range of modules within the broad area of quantitative environmental social science and the ability to supervise the work of others. They will be able to show evidence of conducting successful individual and / or collaborative research projects and disseminating research findings in the form of presentations and published articles in academic journals and demonstrate the ability to secure research funding and develop engaging teaching materials. 

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 6 September.  The latest start date available is 8th January 2018.  Earlier start dates are possible if notice periods allow.

Informal enquiries about the post should be made to Professor Mark Hodson (, +44 1904 324065. Further information about the Department is available at:


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