Research Fellow (Climate and Governance)

Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
Stockholm, Sweden
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Join our international non-profit research organization and help create a sustainable, prosperous future for all! The Stockholm Environment Institute is a dynamic, expanding workplace that employs around 90 people from 28 different nationalities in an activity-based office in central Stockholm (Garnisonen), and with an additional 140 employees in centres around the world.

The role
The Research Fellow will play a key role in our emerging practice area around transnational climate risk (TCR), an emerging flagship topic in SEI’s research and engagement work that explores how climate change impacts transcend administrative borders.

Key duties and responsibilities

  • Provide overall project management, in line with SEI’s project manual and processes
  • Develop SEI’s portfolio of research and engagement work on TCR, including fundraising, network building, internal capacity and team building, knowledge management and input to external communications
  • Contribute to conceptual and methodological development of research on TCR:
  • Coordinate SEI’s policy engagement on this topic, for example at the UNFCCC and beyond
  • Manage a major new European Horizon 2020 project that will research and make recommendations to European actors on the governance of global cross-border climate risks
  • Bring skills and experience to SEI’s wider team working on related fields, such as global climate change governance, the geopolitics of environmental change and international relations in the context of sustainable development.

Who you are
We are looking for a person with a demonstrable interest in the topic of global interconnections, systemic risk, climate change and the governance of complexity. This may include expertise on topics such as trade, security, migration, finance, international relations, sustainable development, international relations and other fields.

In addition, you also have experience of managing and coordinating complex multi-partner projects, including budget management and financial reporting, team leadership, funder and consortium relations, etc. We warmly welcome applications from individuals with a passion and track record of creating and incubating teams and networks of innovative researchers.

Whilst we are targeting this recruitment at the Research Fellow level, we will also consider applications from suitably qualified Senior Research Fellow candidates, recognising that such a position comes with additional responsibilities and expectations (e.g. regarding mentorship, leadership and fundraising).

Required qualifications and experience

  • PhD in a relevant subject (e.g. political science, geography, or other fields that you can explain as relevant to the topic), or equivalent experience of delivering independent high-quality research
  • Strong experience of effective project management and coordination
  • Track record of using research to influence policy and practice, including demonstrable interest in and ability to convene and engage stakeholders and to facilitate policy dialogues

Ideally, the candidate would also bring:

  • Proven expertise in a relevant methodology or discipline (e.g. network analysis, foresight, modelling, etc.), and/or equivalent expertise working with mixed methods approaches to solve complex problems
  • Proven capacity for creative and innovative research design
  • Work experience in developing country contexts
  • Knowledge and experience of engaging with global governance processes, including UNFCCC negotiations, Agenda 2030 and other relevant processes

How to apply
We are reviewing applications on an ongoing basis so please submit your application as soon as possible, however no later than 7 August 23:59 Stockholm local time.

Applications should be written in English and consist of a short CV and cover letter (maximum 1 page). As we only accept applications through our recruitment system, please apply online using the button below and include:

  • Cover letter highlighting relevant qualifications and experience
  • Curriculum vitae.

Inquiries concerning the content of the position can be directed to Magnus Benzie, Research Fellow ( ), My Persson, Recruitment and Competence Specialist ( ).