Senior Research Associate/Research Associate ("Unlocking Resilient Benefits from African Water Resources")

Lancaster University
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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An exciting opportunity exists to work as a Research Associate/Senior Research Associate on an international research project ‘Unlocking Resilient Benefits from African Water Resources’ which is funded by UKRI GCRF through the ARUA Water Centre of Excellence at Rhodes University, South Africa

In the project, researchers from African and UK country partners will use their distinctive Adaptive Systemic Approach to address problems of contested water supply and pollution. Alongside relevant scientific research, the project will build local competence in land and water governance.  The project will deliver a cohort of skilled water professionals, healthier ecosystems offering ecosystem services, and local people more able to benefit from their water and land resources.

This post, based at Lancaster University, will support Professor Frances Cleaver in delivering the social science aspects of the project in collaboration with partners in other institutions. A particular focus for this post holder will be on supporting transdisciplinary learning across the project, and on developing selected in-depth case studies which investigate process, power and meaning in water governance.  The appointee will also facilitate the overall coordination of the project, the development of themes, approaches and methods, joint learning, the management of data and communication and the generation and dissemination of outputs. They may undertake some short term limited fieldwork with project partners and will be expected to travel for project activities (depending on Covid-19 circumstances). 

You will hold a PhD or have equivalent substantial experience of research and international development practice in one of the following areas: water/natural resource governance and management, collective action, agriculture and rural livelihoods, sustainable rural or urban development. Experience of approaches to transformative social learning, and of working in large multi-disciplinary teams would be an advantage. You will have experience of working with a range of relevant social science research methods and you hold strong collaborative, communication and interpersonal skills. 

Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC), a department within Lancaster University offers a highly inclusive and stimulating environment for career development. We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis, as well as the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Professor Frances Cleaver at Lancaster University,

You will join us on an indefinite contract however, the role remains contingent on external funding which, at this time is due to come to an end on 31 March 2023.  There may be a possibility of an extension for 3 - 4 months depending on grade appointed to, budget and project requirements.

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.