Scenario Developer

UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Lancaster, UK 🇬🇧

Wallingford, UK 🇬🇧

Scenario Developer
Full Time (37 hours per week)
Salary £32,916 – £40,037 depending on skills and experience
Based at our Wallingford or Lancaster site
The closing date for applications is Wednesday 6th July 2022
Interviews will be held shortly after this

About the role

To contribute to the development and extension of socio-economic exploratory scenarios, desirable visions of sustainable futures and transition pathways to the visions using participatory approaches.

About us

The UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology is an independent, not-for-profit research centre carrying out excellent environmental science with impact. We are home to around 500 scientists, who work to understand the environment, how it sustains life, and the human impact on it. We provide the data and information that governments, businesses and researchers need to create a productive, resilient and healthy environment. Scientific curiosity, integrity and transparency are at the heart of how we work.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop new and/or extend existing scenario narratives for Europe and regions within Europe representing interlinkages between nature, food, water, health, transport and energy systems.
  • Develop a new set of visions of sustainable futures.
  • Develop pathways (target seeking scenarios) that include governance and societal response options for achieving sustainable futures, and consider potential barriers and trade-offs.
  • Incorporate stakeholder knowledge within the scenarios, visions and pathways using participatory approaches.
  • Review and synthesise relevant knowledge from the scientific and grey literature using systematic reviews and/or quick scoping review methodologies.
  • Link qualitative scenario and pathway narratives to quantitative inputs for impact models.
  • Collaborate with an interdisciplinary team of scientists in UKCEH and the international research community. 
  • Publish your results in high impact scientific journals.

Essential Skills

Knowledge & Qualifications

  • PhD related to socio-economic scenario development or foresight analysis, or a relevant environmental or social science topic
  • Knowledge of environmental governance and policy
  • Knowledge of interactions across different environmental and societal sectors (e.g. agriculture, urban and water)

Experience/Proven abilities

  • Experience of developing or working with exploratory scenarios
  • Experience of developing or working with visions of and pathways to sustainable futures (target seeking scenarios)
  • Experience of working in interdisciplinary teams
  • Experience of participatory research approaches


  • Knowledge of systematic and/or quick scoping review methodologies
  • Qualitative and quantitative research skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skill
  • Proven publication skills

Core Behaviours & Values

  • You will demonstrate a commitment to promote and adhere to CEH values of Excellence, Integrity and Team work.

Desirable Skills

  • Experience of linking scenarios to models
  • Understanding cross-sectoral challenges related to climate change, biodiversity, agriculture, water, energy and health
  • Experience of synthesising scientific results into policy recommendations

Other Requirements

  • Overseas travel

What we offer 

To find out the benefits of working with UKCEH, please follow the link  below for a summary. 

How to Apply
To apply for this position, click the link below. As well as a CV, please provide a covering letter detailing why you may be suitable for the role.