Associate Professor

University of Warwick
Warwick, United Kingdom
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University/Academia/Research/Think tank
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Full time, permanent position.

The Institute for Global Sustainable Development (IGSD) is an innovative and agile cross-faculty research institute that forms part of a strategic investment by the University of Warwick to support global sustainable development research. Our mission is to be a hub for transdisciplinary research on global sustainable development, i.e. research that crosses disciplinary borders and includes non-academic stakeholder communities to achieve effective impact to some of the most important today’s challenges across the global North and South.

IGSD facilitates connections that transcend boundaries of disciplines by bringing together researchers in social science, humanities and natural sciences to catalyse social, economic and environmental changes. We help to create equitable multi-stakeholder partnerships to co-produce knowledge with industry and government partners and act as a focal point for world-class research with transformative impact to sustainable development challenges such as: climate resilience and socio-environmental justice; sustainable urbanisation, health and wellbeing; sustainable economies and the food-water-energy nexus.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, committed and collegial individual who will develop their own research portfolio in the area of global sustainable development and complement our existing research streams. These include a number of ongoing international research projects in which we engage critically and constructively with sustainable development frameworks (e.g. Agenda 2030, UN Sustainable Development Goals) and develop innovative transdisciplinary methods for co-producing research whilst empowering local stakeholders and communities to achieve global impact, for example by advancing new methods for the analysis and visualisation of geospatial sustainable development data.

You will have a PhD in a relevant field, an innovative research agenda around the sustainability of human-environment interactions and an excellent publication record, with a track record of significant research funding secured. We are particularly interested in transdisciplinary research that connects contextual, place-based understandings of sustainability transformations with the development of new theories and methods able to bridge existing siloed disciplines and the perspectives of non-academic practitioners. We welcome applications from academics from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds with interest and experience of building strong, equitable and multisectoral research partnerships and networks; who have a genuine interest in working across disciplines; and who share our enthusiasm for delivering impactful challenge-led research that contributes to global sustainable development.

IGSD is primarily focused on research and will aim to support you in building an ambitious research programme. In addition, it is anticipated that the postholder will make a significant contribution to postgraduate programmes in IGSD and the School for Cross-faculty Studies, including a recently awarded Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarships Programme that will launch in 2021. Therefore, the ability to teach across programmes and a desire to supervise postgraduate research students is required as we seek to educate the next generation of research leaders in global sustainable development.

Applications must include both a Curriculum Vitae and a two-page outline of their plans and intentions for research activities and grant capture. This bespoke plan will be treated in the strictest confidence and with full respect for ownership. This is a mandatory component of our selection process, without which we will be unable to progress your application.

This is an exciting opportunity to develop your own career and profile in this growing and dynamic Institute. The successful applicant will join a vibrant community of scholarship and critical engagement that provides a friendly working environment that values a diverse set of gender, cultural and disciplinary perspectives and worldviews. Applications from candidates in groups under-represented in the Higher Education sector are particularly welcome.

Job Description


This is an exciting opportunity for you to further develop your own career and profile by supporting the work of the Institute as it seeks to address contemporary challenges associated with global sustainable development. You will undertake research, teaching, administration and other activities in order to develop own career and profile, supporting the work of the Institute and developing and enhancing its reputation, both internal and external to the University.


Research and Scholarship

• Carry out independent research and act as principal investigator and project leader.
• Contribute to the research activities of the department by developing own research programme, planning and co-ordinating a broad research activity or programme, sustaining an extensive track record of published research findings, maintaining an expert reputation in own subject area at least at national, and usually international level, and providing guidance to staff and students on own specialist area.
• Contribute to the development of research strategies.
• Apply for, negotiate and manage research funds to the benefit of the individual's or others' research activity and the research standing of the University as measured by, for example, the REF.
• In managing research projects, manage and develop research staff and students, technical and other support staff engaged in research.
• Publish research outcomes in appropriate refereed journals of international standing, and publish and disseminate the results of research and scholarship in other outlets.
• Engage in external academic activities in accordance with the department's research strategy and which enhance the school's national/international research profile. Such activities may include, for example, delivery of research papers at conferences, membership of committees of academic bodies, external examining, participation in knowledge transfer, development of industrial links and other related activities, and journal editorships.

Teaching and Learning Support

• Engage in teaching at all levels using relevant teaching methods, e.g. lectures, seminars, tutorials, etc., working as part of the teaching team.
• Develop and apply appropriate teaching techniques and materials, which may be novel or innovative, which create interest, understanding and enthusiasm amongst students. This will include contribution to regular reflection on the enhancement of departmental curricula.
• Undertake curriculum design and deliver material across a range of programmes of study at various levels, using appropriate teaching, learning support and assessment methods, reviewing and improving as required.
• Supervise research students (PhD, M Phil, MSc, MASc).
• Supervise UG student projects and, where appropriate, placements and field trips.
• Take responsibility for academic duties (i.e. setting examination questions, marking, invigilation and pastoral support of students) required to sustain the delivery of high-quality teaching.
• Co-ordinate and undertake pastoral support for students within the programme, course or modules for which the post holder is responsible, liaising where necessary with other University agencies such as the Senior Tutor's Office.
• Provide first line support for colleagues, referring them to sources of further help if required.

Administration and Other Activities

• Contribute to the efficient management and administration of the department by performing administrative duties as allocated by the Director of the Institute for Global Sustainable Development and by taking on appropriate departmental responsibilities.
• Provide leadership to those working within programme areas, as course leader or equivalent, by for example co-ordinating the work of others to ensure that courses are delivered effectively or organising the work of a team by agreeing objectives and work plans.
• Contribute to the development of teams and individuals through the appraisal system and by providing advice on personal development.
• Act as a personal mentor to peers and colleagues.
• Likely to contribute to the management or monitoring of budgets (either project-based or departmental) and/or may contribute to the establishment and management of programme/departmental financial plans and budgets, in collaboration as appropriate.