Research Associate (Water and Food System Resilience and Efficiency)

University of East Anglia

Norwich, United Kingdom 🇬🇧

School of International Development
Faculty of Social Sciences

The International Development Centre UEA is staffed by a successful team of research-active academics, who collectively and collaboratively maintain an exceptional bidding culture and record of successful research funding awards in the School of International Development. The Centre is recruiting a part-time Research Associate to join a team studying the resilience of the UK fresh fruit & vegetable (FF&V) system (both domestic production and imported food) to water-related risks.  The project seeks to understand how, and where, the South African FF&V production and trade system is exposed to water-related risks and how the system can become more resilient to such risks in the future.  The research has been developed in response to themes identified within the Global Food Security (GFS) Programme, and is funded by the UK Research Councils.

We are looking for a talented, energetic and self-motivated early career researcher to help develop new interdisciplinary and integrated understandings and insights into water-efficiency, and the resilience of irrigated agricultural systems responding to UK driven food imports. You will be working with Professor Bruce Lankford at UEA and Professor Jerry Knox (Cranfield University) and liaising with partners in Oxford, NIAB East Malling Research, and the Institute of Natural Resources in South Africa.  You will be responsible for analysing data on South African and UK fresh fruit and vegetable production systems and imports to understand the links between agricultural water consumption and efficiency, to identify how these affect water-related risks, and to quantitatively and qualitatively critique the meaning of “resilience” within the fresh fruit and vegetable system in both the UK and South Africa.

You will have a PhD in Water Resources, Irrigation, Environmental Science, Agriculture, Horticulture or related discipline with an understanding of water in the agrifood sector, and will be able to satisfy all of the essential criteria listed in the person specification. You will be a self-directed and well-organised researcher with a committed interest to agricultural sustainability and food security.

This post is available on a part time (0.25fte), fixed term basis for two years from 1 March 2017, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Closing date: 12 noon on 3 February 2017.