MDT Fellow in Rural Water Security

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Position Type: 
Full-Time
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Doctorate

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The work undertaken by The James Hutton Group is at the top of the global agenda tackling problems such as the impact of climate change and threats to food, biodiversity, soils, and water security

The Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences (SEGS) group contains a range of researchers, using a range of qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods and often taking interdisciplinary and/or participatory perspectives. We seek to address major contemporary social and economic research challenges, such as natural resource governance, ecosystem services valuation, sustainable behaviours, rural community vibrancy, and wellbeing and socioeconomic transitions in rural economies. The activities of the group frequently unite around a particular project and many members work on more than one topic. Work ranges from case study areas in Scotland through EU-wide projects to projects in developing countries such as Africa, Latin America, etc.

We are seeking to appoint a Macaulay Development Trust (MDT) Fellowship in Social Innovation for Rural Water Security within SEGS. This is one of several exciting new positions which are linked to the newly launched Hydro Nation International Centre. Depending on the level of qualifications and experience the postholder can either be appointed at Band D or E.

More information on the detail of the post and the post holder can be found below in the job description.

Main Purpose of Job

  • To develop knowledge about community-based approaches and/or social innovation to enhance understandings of water (in)security in rural Scotland.
  • To provide leadership (at band E) and conduct original research linking rural social innovation, water resource management, and adaptive water governance.
  • To identify and use an appropriate range of methods to characterize water security challenges for rural Scotland at present and in the future, as well as to understand local level perspectives on rural water security.
  • To engage in knowledge exchange and to develop future research agendas in dialogue with Scottish water resource stakeholders including communities, practitioners, and decision makers.
  • To collaborate with colleagues in SEGS and the Institute to develop impact pathways related to rural social innovation, water resource management, and adaptive water governance.
  • To highlight social science approaches to water research within wider multidisciplinary platforms within the Institute.

Main duties of post holder

To undertake research including project design, data collection, data analysis, interpretation of the results and producing final research products.

The post holder will conduct research that will explore:

  • The spatial diversity of the challenges facing Scotland’s rural water sector and identify priority regions and issues for research.
  • Drivers, barriers, and risks associated with social innovation for rural communities in Scotland.
  • Policy mechanisms to support a water secure future for rural Scotland

This work may also wish to consider:

  • Community responses to recent drought events
  • Emerging technical advances in rural water services delivery
  • Future scenarios of climatic, regulatory, and population change for rural Scotland
  • To promote and disseminate their own, and other work ongoing within the Institute, in national and international settings both to scientific and policy-practitioner audiences.
  • To lead (Band E) proposals for external funding, identify funding opportunities for others, and contribute (Band D/E) where appropriate to other bids in the area.
  • To supervise staff (Band E) and potentially co-supervise research students (Band D/E).
  • To contribute to the procedures of the Department and wider Institute.
  • To undertake, and where relevant provide, training and profession development.

Qualifications/Experience/Skills

Essential Qualifications

  • PhD in relevant field or Masters and equivalent experience (Band D)
  • PhD in relevant discipline (Band E)

Desirable Qualifications

  • PhD focus on Natural Resources Governance, Water Policy/ Management, or Rural Studies/Rural Policy.

Essential Experience (Band D)

  • Experience using qualitative methods to gather data about environmental or natural resource issues.
  • Evidence of ability to interact positively, effectively, and confidently with collaborators in formal and informal situations
  • Evidence of effective written communication in English
  • Willingness to work in interdisciplinary research teams

Essential Experience (Band E)

  • Experience using qualitative methods to gather data about environmental or natural resource issues. 
  • Awareness of, and interest in using the range of methods and datasets available to characterise water resource challenges
  • Evidence of ability to interact positively, effectively, and confidently with collaborators in formal and informal situations
  • Evidence of project and people management experience e.g. working with budgets, line management; ability to lead teams
  • Evidence of contribution to funding proposals
  • Evidence of effective written communication in English through publications in peer reviewed journals
  • Evidence of working in interdisciplinary research teams
  • Experience of working in multi-stakeholder research partnerships

Desirable Experience (Band D)

  • Awareness of, and interest in, using the range of methods and datasets available to characterise water resource challenges
  • Experience utilising mixed methods approaches and/or experience conducting spatial analysis
  • Evidence of contribution to funding proposals
  • Publication record in peer reviewed journals
  • Experience of working in multi-stakeholder research partnerships

Desirable Experience (Band E)

  • Experience utilising mixed methods approaches and/or experience conducting spatial analysis
  • Evidence of leading successful funding bids
  • Ability to interpret and use spatial modelling outputs.  Ability to use GIS and other spatial analysis tools

Essential Skills

  • Qualitative research methods
  • Willingness to communicate with range of audiences including academic, business, NGOs and policy

Desirable Skills

  • Ability to interpret and use spatial modelling outputs.  Ability to use GIS and other spatial analysis tools (Band E)

Other Essential Requirements

  • Fit with the ethos, values and mission of the Institute
  • Willingness to travel and work off-site

Other Desirable Requirements

  • Vision for the Fellowship
  • Driving license valid in the UK

Note: Due to the current COVID-19 lockdown restrictions it is possible that interviewing of candidates will be held remotely. You should therefore ensure you have access to a broadband connection and ideally a PC or laptop.

We will not consider the use of 3rd party recruitment agencies for the sourcing of candidates for this position. 

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