Postdoctoral Research Associate Indigenous Environmental Governance & Policy

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ, USA 🇺🇸

Posting Number: req14223

Department: Udall Center

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Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at the University of Arizona announces a Postdoctoral Research Associate position at the intersection of the environment, Indigenous governance, and policy.

Indigenous Peoples have stewarded the environment since time immemorial. Today, Indigenous Peoples manage more than one-quarter of Earth’s land base. Indigenous rights and title to land, paired with place-based knowledges, make Indigenous governance critical to the stewardship of the environment—especially as settler colonial systems often extract, distort, and misapply Indigenous Knowledges. This position offers the opportunity to explore at the interface of environmental, Indigenous governance, and policy issues. Under collaborative mentorship from faculty at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, including the Native Nations Institute (NNI), Environmental Policy Program (EPP), and Collaboratory for Indigenous Data Governance, this position offers considerable room for the postdoctoral researcher to design and implement their own research initiative. The research focus may vary depending on the candidate’s expertise and interest but should include climate change, water, or land stewardship.

The Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy is a university-wide research center that is the intellectual home for interdisciplinary, stakeholder-based policy research and outreach. As such, the Udall Center’s charge is to advance cross-cutting inquiry and connect diverse policy research efforts and researchers, attract external support for policy research, and deliver measurable public impact.

The Native Nations Institute was founded in 2001 by the University of Arizona and Udall Foundation as a self-determination, governance, and development resource for Indigenous nations. A program of the Udall Center, NNI works with Indigenous nations and organizations to support Indigenous self-determination, strengthen Indigenous governance capacities, and achieve community and economic development objectives. It accomplishes these purposes through practical research, educational programs, and hands-on collaboration designed to assist Indigenous Peoples in (re)building their nations according to their own designs.
The Collaboratory for Indigenous Data Governance is an interdisciplinary research group that partners to provide research, policy, and practice innovations to advance Indigenous Data Sovereignty.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Collaborating in an interdisciplinary and diverse research group.
  • Developing, and where appropriate, overseeing project design.
  • Helping to identify research projects of significance.
  • Synthesizing and integrating across diverse disciplinary literatures (for example, public policy, geography, political science, environmental studies, hydrology, Indigenous studies, sociology, anthropology, law, and economics).
  • Conducting qualitative and quantitative research.
  • Partnering with local, tribal, regional, and national stakeholders.
  • Presenting research results at various events, including national and international conferences.
  • Help facilitate project meetings and broader tribal engagement efforts.
  • Coauthoring academic articles with research group members.
  • Co-supervising undergraduate and graduate students engaged in collaborative efforts.
  • Co-developing proposals for extramural funding to continue and expand the line of research.
  • Participating in the University’s post-doctoral trainings and mentorship opportunities.
  • Additional duties may be assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Enthusiasm for studying environmental and natural resource issues and related policies in a culturally responsive manner.
  • Comfort working in teams, leading team meetings, and supervising students.
  • Collaborative spirit.
  • Strong methodological skills.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in environmental policy, environmental law, American Indian studies, planning, political science, anthropology, sociology, or a related field. The selected candidate must have a conferred Ph.D. upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Record of published research in this area.

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Research

Benefits Eligible: Yes – Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $56,000

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Target Hire Date:

Expected End Date:

Contact Information for Candidates: Molli Bryson,

Open Date: 3/28/2023

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and Two Additional Documents

Special Instructions to Applicant: In addition to a CV and cover letter, please provide two writing samples, such as excerpts of research articles or publications, dissertation work as the two additional documents required in the application materials.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As a Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.





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