Reference number: LEE-ENVEE1302
Are you an ambitious researcher or industry practitioner with a background in understanding and developing the business case for nature-based solutions (NBS) to urban development such as - green infrastructure, sustainable water management and restoring degraded landscapes?
Do you want to be a part of making a real difference to the uptake of NBS Europe-wide and globally?
This temporary post will contribute to the delivery of a major European Commission project to establish these impacts.The time for NBS to be ‘rolled out’ globally has come, and the European Commission is making sure that the UK and oceanic climate region of Europe are at the forefront of benefitting from and exporting NBS services. An ambitious EU Research and Innovation policy agenda on NBS brings together and capitalizes on major strands of knowledge and results from existing demonstration projects around the world. These projects include those from Horizon 2020 (H2020) and past EU Framework Programmes on biodiversity and ecosystems, sustainable urban development, natural resources management, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and disaster risk reduction.NBS are ‘inspired and supported by nature, which are cost-effective, simultaneously provide environmental, social and economic benefits and help build resilience. Such solutions bring more, and more diverse, nature and natural features and processes into cities, landscapes and seascapes, through locally adapted, resource-efficient and systemic interventions. ’The University of Leeds has a leading role in the major EU funded project – ThinkNature (www.think-nature.eu/) which is featured in this link to a recent Nature Correspondence on Nature-Based Solutions: Business.The project is a co-ordinating platform for all projects on NBS funded by the EU H2020 program including Eklipse, Inspiration, NAIAD, Nature4Cities, Naturvation, Biodiversa, URBAN Green-UP, Unalab, GrowGreen and Connecting Nature. The project is part of the Yorkshire Integrated Catchment Solutions Programme (ICASP) at the University of Leeds.You will be responsible for liaising with the ThinkNature partners and stakeholder networks, the H2020 NBS projects, the ICASP business network and stakeholders to:Draw together the technical and economic evidence and analysis for the business case to mainstream NBS in commercial and policy practice andIdentify barriers and enablers to making the business and financing case of NBS schemes.
To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:
Professor Steven Banwart, Integrating Chair in Soil / Water / Agriculture Research
Tel: +44 (0)113 343 1413, email:
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