Research Associate (Urban)

Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
Bangkok, Thailand
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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The role

SEI Asia is seeking a highly motivated Research Associate with a proven background in policy-relevant research on environmental pollution to join a growing research program on industrial pollution impacts on air, water and soil quality, solid waste management, and other environmental issues of importance to growing urban and industrial centres in Asia. The transboundary nature of environmental challenges such as air and water pollution will also be of relevance.

SEI Asia seeks to share knowledge, promote debate and contribute to evidence-based policy making for more sustainable, resilient and inclusive cities. Research activities are carried out in a collaborative manner, building and strengthening engagement with varied stakeholders ranging from local and national governments, multi-lateral agencies, NGOs and local community organizations.

The Research Associate will report directly to the assigned line manager (Urban Research Fellow) and respective project leaders/managers, under the overall supervision of the Centre Director.

Main responsibilities

  • Carry out research activities for ongoing projects and participate in developing new research projects together with the Urban Research Fellow, and colleagues in SEI Asia and other SEI centres. This will include application of appropriate research techniques and methods including desk-based and primary data collection, qualitative and quantitative approaches, and analysis and interpretation of research results.
  • Participate in writing up and disseminating research results through peer-reviewed research publications and other project outputs such as project reports, policy briefings, conference presentations and stakeholder engagement activities.
  • Develop and disseminate communications products such as blog posts in conjunction with the communications team.
  • Identify new opportunities and support fundraising activities and potential future areas of work.
  • Represent SEI at external events and participate in networking with relevant institutions and organizations.
  • Gradually take on increasing responsibilities, including leading sub-projects and managing interns or assistants.
  • Take on administrative and reporting tasks related to projects.

The Research Associate will be expected to work with colleagues from other teams in SEI Asia including water resources, gender, climate change and DRR in developing cross-cutting programs of work. The role will require collaboration with SEI York on an industrial pollution research project, and more broadly with other SEI colleagues internationally. The Research Associate will also contribute to other SEI-wide activities and reports as appropriate.

Who you are

We are looking for a person with a strong interest and proven track record in designing and executing research projects, who has excellent writing skills and can communicate and collaborate with a variety of actors.

Required qualifications, skills and abilities

  • Masters’ degree in a relevant subject such as geography, environmental science, international development or social science
  • Minimum of two years of experience of working in the environment and/or international development sector as a researcher and/or practitioner, in topics such as air pollution, water pollution, soil pollution, and solid waste management, with demonstrated ability to work with stakeholders on the ground
  • A publication record in academic and/or practitioner literature
  • Ability to communicate to a diverse audience through written outputs and other media
  • Ability to work in a diverse, international team
  • Ability to work effectively and calmly in a high-pressure environment and to prioritize and effectively manage assignments in a timely manner.
  • Willingness to travel domestically and internationally as projects require
  • Fluency in spoken and written English

Desirable qualifications

  • Fluency in an Asian language is desirable
  • Experience of working in Asian countries is desirable
  • Proven capacity to use statistical software is an advantage

How to apply

We are reviewing applications on an ongoing basis so please submit your application as soon as possible, however no later than 6 May, 23:59 ICT. As we only accept applications through our recruitment system, please apply online using the button below and include:

  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Cover letter highlighting relevant qualifications and experience