Local recruitment: Research Associate - 12 month FTC

Chatham House

London, UK 🇬🇧


Environment and Society Centre

Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, is an independent policy institute based in London. Our mission is to help build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world.

The Environment and Society Centre (ESC) provides governments, businesses and societies with the information, networks and tools to tackle environmental challenges and accelerate the world towards a sustainable future.

The Environment and Society Centre conducts independent, thought-leading research on some of the biggest environmental challenges. We research, assemble and incubate the ideas and expertise needed for policy impact. We analyse and inform international processes, convene diverse perspectives, and bring new ideas into the international arena.

Our research demonstrates the interconnected, systemic impact of environmental challenges on both international geopolitics and local communities – and generates solutions to help mitigate, adapt and build resilience in the face of climate change and natural resource depletion.

Your role will form part of our dynamic, multi-disciplinary team, looking at food, land and natural resources. You will have a curiosity for interdisciplinary approaches and an appetite for working across several cross-cutting projects within the team, but also have the capacity to develop ideas and research independently. You will also feel confident in supporting on other research areas covered by the Centre. Existing experience could include interest or knowledge of some of the following areas:

  • Food systems, food trade and the politics of food
  • Sustainable food system transformation
  • Sustainable governance of land-based resources
  • Biodiversity, nature-based solutions and the bioeconomy
  • Intersections between the food system and water governance
  • Humanitarian early warning and anticipatory action in response to complex food system risks

You will undertake original research and write to a high standard for online and print media, journals and Chatham House publications. You will have both strong quantitative and qualitative analytical skills and a talent to communicate complex arguments in an accessible way. You will also be responsible for effective project delivery.

We are an equal opportunity employer, we value diversity and do not discriminate on the basis of protected characteristics. We encourage applications from all backgrounds. If you require assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please contact us on [email protected]

Key Responsibilities


  • Contribute to the Centre’s research activities using a range of research methodologies, demonstrating its position as a leader on this topic.
  • Promote the Centre and your related research through presentations, publications and the media.
  • Work with colleagues in the Environment and Society Centre and Chatham House to identify funding opportunities and contribute to funding proposals.


  • Develop and maintain relationships with key staff to identify and facilitate research and policy-relevant events.
  • Establish and maintain networks and links with key individuals, businesses, and institutions that are relevant to your research.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with team members, Chatham House staff and external partners to support and build on our existing research.
  • Maintain and strengthen relationships with existing core sponsors on related work, involving them in relevant meetings and on occasion, where appropriate, providing tailored briefings.


  • Support the production of high quality policy-relevant research, for publication by the Centre – including reports, research papers, op-eds and expert comments.
  • Contribute to project design and delivery, including defining objectives, goals and outputs, and delivering on project activities (including research, events and publications).
  • Convey complex information clearly and concisely to different audiences in oral and written formats, tailoring content and approach accordingly.
  • Promote your research area and our work on it as widely as possible, and publicise research project activity and its policy relevance.

Personal Specification

  • Strong experience within this field of study, with a Master’s degree in a relevant subject area or experience in a similar role.
  • Superb communication skills, able to present information and arguments persuasively, both in person and in writing.
  • Ability to form relationships both internally and with external organizations.
  • Experience helping to develop successful funding bids.
  • Outstanding organizational skills and work logically and methodically.
  • Proven trouble-shooting and problem-solving abilities with a track record to work quickly and effectively under pressure while balancing multiple commitments.
  • Dedicated, self-motivating approach, with a collegiate, collaborative and consistent approach to work.


Benefits include approximately 37 days annual leave (inclusive of public holidays and Chatham House closure days), enhanced pension scheme, employee assistance programme, life assurance, and other benefits designed to suit your personal lifestyle. All of this, in a professional, engaging, and intellectually stimulating environment.

Salary: £37,000 per annum

Contract: Full-time, 12 Month FTC, Maternity Cover.

Location: Hybrid (Office/Home), minimum 2 days in the office per week.

Closing Date: Friday 6 October 2023. You will be notified of the status of your application within 4 weeks of the role closing. 

Interviews: We are aiming to hold interviews week commencing 16th and 23rd October 2023. 

Please note: The Job Description as outlined above will not be available once the closing date has passed. Please ensure you keep a copy for your own records.

Department: Research

Locations: London

Remote status: Hybrid Remote





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