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Research Fellow

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University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
38,832 - 39,993
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Role Description


The role is based in the Environment Department, with links to the Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre (IGDC). This specific vacancy is for a researcher to work on a NERC-AHRC funded project on 'Integrating ecological and cultural histories to inform sustainable and equitable futures for the Colombian páramos'.


You will work primarily with Dr Julia Touza and Professor Piran White, and liaise extensively with other members of the project team in the UK and Colombia. Your research will focus on the multiple values provided by the páramo ecosystem and their relationship with communities’ livelihoods and wellbeing in the past, present and future. You will contribute to and/or lead on the generation and analysis of research data and the production of research outputs, and participate actively in the planning and management of the research project, ensuring that milestones are met and the project is successfully completed. You will also help to supervise the work of other researchers on the project, providing expert advice and guidance.

Skills, Experience and Qualification needed

You should have a first degree in economics, development, or a related discipline, and a PhD in economics, development economics, or a related subject. You should have detailed knowledge and understanding of natural capital, ecosystem services and monetary and non-monetary environmental valuation, and knowledge and experience of a range of economic research techniques including econometric analysis and economic valuation. It would be desirable if you also have knowledge and/or understanding of deliberative techniques for non-monetary valuation, knowledge and understanding of environmental policy and policy evaluation, and familiarity and experience with interpretation and/or analysis of spatial data.

You should be able to communicate effectively with a wide-ranging audience, develop research objectives for your own and joint research, conduct individual and collaborative research projects, and contribute to the process of securing funds. You should have proven ability to write up research for publication in high-profile journals, and to make presentations at academic conferences. You should be able to liaise effectively with collaborators and partners outside academia, and work across traditional disciplinary boundaries between the natural sciences, social sciences, and/or humanities.

You should have experience of carrying out both independent and collaborative research in economics, development, environment or ecosystem services, and be able to work as part of a team and also independently. You should be able to demonstrate attention to detail and a commitment to high quality, a collaborative ethos, enthusiasm for the subject matter of the project, a willingness to work proactively with colleagues in other work areas/institutions, and an ability to plan and prioritise your work in order to meet deadlines. You should be committed to personal development and updating of knowledge and skills.

The position is available from 1 October 2018 (or as soon as possible thereafter) until 31 July 2021. The post will be full-time over this period.

Informal enquiries about the post should be made to Professor Piran White (, +44 1904 324780 or Dr Julia Touza (, +44 1904 324246). Further information about the Department is available at:

Salary will be within the range £38,832 - £39,993 on grade 7 of the University’s salary scale. 


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