Research Fellow (Urban Sustainability)

Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

Bangkok, Thailand 🇹🇭

The role

We are looking for an experienced Research Fellow to undertake research for the SEI Initiative on Urban Development and also to lead the development of new research projects.

This role will include:


  • Identify, formulate, develop, lead and implement sustainable urban development research projects that further the aims and objectives of SEI, in particular, contributing to the SEI Initiative on Urban Development Impacts on Health and Sustainability
  • Ensure high quality research that will lead to publications and other information for various media
  • Identify funding sources, lead or contribute to fundraising, and seek to secure funding for these projects

Centre development

  • Provide guidance to junior research staff in research development and implementation, support professional and career development for junior research staff, and contribute to SEI’s staff development program
  • In collaboration with the SEI Communications Team and the Centre Communications Coordinator facilitate and support internal communications and outreach activities including e.g. presentations, speeches, dialogues and media articles
  • Contribute to strengthening the relationship between Asia Centre with the host institute (Chulalongkorn University) through joint research, policy engagement and capacity development activities

Other duties and responsibilities

  • Promote the aims and objectives of the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) as set out in its Mission and in conformation with the strategic plan
  • Implement the projects and/or research work according to the work plans and available budget, cooperate with and support the colleagues in the research team to ensure the on-time delivery and quality of outputs, and report progress in accordance with the SEI Project Manual including filling in your timesheets correctly
  • Be a proactive team member, cooperating with and supporting colleagues in your research group and/or collaborating with other groups within the Centre; participate in the crossing- centre communications
  • Ensure exchange of ideas with relevant institutes, scientists and experts including other SEI Centres
  • Respect and implement all the Institute policies, including the Institute Code of Conduct, environment policy and the institute secondment policy if the position is filled in through SEI internal secondment

Who you are

  • Very good research background in urban change, urban sustainability and urban governance in the Asian context, with a strong publication record having contributed to both the scientific and practitioner literature
  • Experience in project/research design, implementation and management
  • Good background in data processing and analysis through quantitative and qualitative methods, or mixed methods approaches
  • Proven experience in fundraising and writing of proposals
  • Fluency in spoken and written English, with ability to communicate research in different ways
  • Strong motivation, personal initiative and commitment to excellence and results, as well as enthusiasm for doing scientific research
  • Demonstrated record of interdisciplinary collaboration, partnership and team building and the desire to work in a collaborative environment

Desirable qualifications

  • Experience living and working in the Asian region, notably through engagement in a variety of public forums: conferences, workshops, dialogues, roundtable discussions, gender mainstreaming and capacity building projects
  • Experience in communicating scientific information to a range of different audiences. Expertise in GIS, spatial analysis, statistics and/or modelling
  • Interests in working at the interface of social science and policy engagement, and qualitative approaches
  • Knowledge of an Asian language and culture

Due to the international nature of SEI and our projects, you must be fluent and comfortable working in English.

How to apply

We continuously review applications and encourage you to apply as soon as possible. The final application deadline is 23 March 2018 at 23:59 ICT (Indochina Time). As we only accept applications through our system, please apply online using the button below and include:

  • Cover letter highlighting relevant qualifications and experience
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • A portfolio showing highlights of your work (PDF or link/s)