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The management school is looking to appoint a Research Associate to join a multidisciplinary team of people called FixOurFood working on transforming the UK food system. You will come with experience of co-production of research and participant involvement and a commitment to a more diversified food economy, which includes investigating the potential for hybrid business models to play their part in transforming the UK food system. In this role, you will conduct research on hybrid business models and their associated ecosystems and networks under the supervision and mentorship of Professors Bob Doherty and Peter Ball (University of York). You will also be working collaboratively with a wider FixOurFood team across four departments (management, biology, environment/geography and health sciences) at the University of York and six other UK universities (Leeds, Manchester, Oxford, Cranfield and City University) which aims to co-create a transformative regenerative food system which optimises planetary and human health.
Based in York you will lead the coordination of a work package within FixOurFood under the supervision of senior colleagues as well as contributing to the wider programme of work within FixOurFood, integrating activities between work packages and collaborating with other postdoctoral fellows, experts, partners, hybrid enterprises and anchor institutions. With support, you will lead on data collection to answer research questions: (1) Where and what are the exemplars of hybrid approaches which coordinate food production to consumption in an economically regenerative way? (2) What are the critical success factors in setting-up, governing, scaling-up and managing these new hybrid business models (using the business model canvas), networks and alliances? (3) How can these innovations be enhanced to create new approaches (e.g. procurement), new financial instruments and investment to steward food system transformation (4) How can we scale-up our learning from Yorkshire food economy transformations to a national scale?
FixOurFood is unique in that we are working on a set of real-life action-orientated interventions. Working with the York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership, entrepreneurs, Grow Yorkshire, and our anchor institutions platform, you will work on a range of new hybrid food innovations including: Yorkshire ‘Food Hubs’, new indoor community urban vertical farm, new alliances (eg. ShopAppy); new hybrid approaches in the mainstream and new public procurement approaches to ensure positive social and environmental change. The aim will be to build a hybrid business entrepreneurial ecosystem in the food system. Methods used will include, interviews, analysis of financial accounts, social and environmental impact reports, supply chain blueprinting, and stakeholder workshops. The financial, social and environmental performance of these interventions will be evaluated throughout the 5 years and will integrate measures into the new systems model in FixOurFood. In addition, enabling regenerative farmers to find markets by aggregating supply via hybrid food hubs will help consumers and schools to source locally produced healthy foods. Your key deliverables will be business model canvas templates, online business toolkit, supply chain blueprints, policy briefs and leading academic publications focused on how hybrid business model ecosystems can contribute to tackling the wicked problems in the food system. There will be a need to work across other work packages to integrate work between production, supply chain activities and our interventions in schools and nurseries.
This role is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. Consequently, all applicants will be asked to declare both unspent and spent convictions on their application form.
Appointment of the successful candidate will be conditional on a Disclosure and Barring Service check.
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