Research Associate (Gender, Environment and Development)

Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
Bangkok, Thailand
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Junior (3-4 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Join our international non-profit research organization and help create a sustainable future for all. SEI Asia is a dynamic, expanding workplace that employs around 30 people from different nationalities in an activity-based office in central Bangkok.

The role

SEI is recruiting a highly motivated Research Associate with a strong research background in gender, environment and development. The successful candidate will be based at SEI Asia in Bangkok, Thailand and contribute to developing and implementing research on gender, environment and development research projects that reflect SEI’s mandate. The Research Associate will undertake research activities related to ongoing gender and environment-related projects and also seek funding for, and implement, the development of new research projects, as well as working towards bridging science and policy.

Your main responsibilities


  • Gather information and data relevant to the research concerns of SEI Asia research clusters in general and in particular for the Gender, Environment and Development (GED) research cluster, which may contribute to specific ongoing and future project(s) or proposal development
  • Co-design and implement research projects with guidance from supervising colleagues
  • Write up, document and communicate research results, contribute to analyses, contribute text to publications or project reports and participate in peer review as requested
  • Take on increasing responsibilities, including leading sub-projects, managing interns or assistants, and contributing to proposals
  • Help identify funding opportunities and inform senior colleagues
  • Ensure exchange of ideas with relevant institutes, scientists and experts including other SEI centres

Other duties and responsibilities

  • Implement projects and/or research work according to work plans and available budget, cooperate with and support colleagues in the research team to ensure delivery of research products on time and of good quality
  • Be a proactive team member, cooperating with and supporting colleagues in your research group and/or collaborating with other groups within the centre; participate in cross-centre collaboration on research
  • Ensure exchange of ideas with relevant institutes, scientists and experts including other SEI centres
  • Respect and implement all the institute’s policies, including the Code of Conduct, environment policy and the institute secondment policy if the position is filled in through SEI internal secondment
  • Report directly to the respective line manager and project manager(s)

Who you are

We are looking for an early-career individual with a strong interest and some experience in designing and implementing research projects. You also have very good research and writing skills and are able to communicate with a variety of actors. You have a strong motivation for and commitment to excellence and results, as well as enthusiasm for doing scientific research for policy engagement.

Required qualifications, knowledge and skills
  • A master’s degree in any of the social sciences, notably development studies, sociology, human geography, political science, gender and development studies
  • 3 years of working experience in multiple development and environment-related projects by doing research, policy engagement or capacity building
  • Knowledge and understanding of fundamental concepts and issues on environment and development in the Asian region with excellent capacity to conduct a gender analysis of environmental and natural resource management contexts such as agriculture, forests, land, water, climate change, disasters or energy
  • Excellent skills in organizing public events for various purposes (e.g. learning, dissemination of research results, tools and products, policy debates and deliberations)
  • Excellent writing skills for a variety of genre: policy literature, scientific research, assessments and proposal development
  • Fluency in spoken English, and familiarity with communications and social media products and outlets
Desirable experience and knowledge
  • Experience in working in the Asian region, notably through engagement in a variety of public forums: conferences, workshops, dialogues, roundtable discussions, gender mainstreaming and capacity building projects
  • Experience in communicating scientific information to a range of different audiences
  • Interests in working at the interface of social science and policy engagement, mixed methods (quantitative-qualitative) approaches
  • Knowledge of at least one Asian language and culture

To succeed in this role, you can work both in teams and independently in a highly flexible and exciting research environment. You are able to combine theoretical knowledge with practical, people-based skills.

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