Research Associate/Fellow in Sustainable Ecosystems and Society (Rights Lab)

University of Nottingham
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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This role is part of the University’s Rights Lab Beacon of Excellence, which is delivering world-leading research to help end modern slavery. Working as part of a multidisciplinary team, the role-holder will deliver research, stakeholder engagement, and impact within the Rights Lab’s Ecosystems and the Environment programme, which seeks to answer the question: how is environmental change interconnected with modern slavery?

The role-holder will work in a team led by Dr Jess Sparks to conduct quantitative, international research and engagement primarily focused on understanding the human costs of sustainable food by quantifying the risk of forced labour during the transition to sustainable food systems. They will locate, aggregate and quantitatively analyse large secondary datasets and contribute to the development of new data metrics and practice guidelines in collaboration with key government and civil society stakeholders. Other existing projects that the successful candidate may contribute to include: risk mapping sustainability threats in Chilean fisheries, carbon footprinting modern slavery, and a secondary data analysis of the relationship between forced marriage and climate change. 

Expanding on this research, the role-holder is expected to disseminate research, recommendations, and outputs through academic articles, reports, and briefings; contribute to workshops and conferences; engage with stakeholders and develop strategic partnerships; develop resources for policy and practice reform; support uptake of evidence-based recommendations by practitioners and policy-makers.

The role-holder will also have the opportunity to shape a new research agenda moving forward based in the individual’s expertise and interests and in alignment with the programme’s research strategy. They will develop new funding applications and contribute to the writing of policy and research reports for various audiences. The person appointed will have the opportunity to use their initiative and creativity to identify new project areas. They will have a public-facing role and represent the team externally.

We welcome applications from recent PhD graduates or applicants who are close to completion, as well as from applicants with postdoctoral experience. 

The post is offered on a full time (36.25 hours per week), fixed term contract for one year, (start date negotiable).Job share arrangements may be considered. 

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Jessica Sparks email . Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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