Senior Fellow (AC3)/Fellow (AC2) in Food Systems Economics

Medway, United Kingdom
£33,199 to £48,676
Monday, 12 August 2019
End of advertisement period
Wednesday, 2 October 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Food and Markets

Location:      Medway campus
Salary:      £33,199 to £48,676
Contract Type:      Permanent
Closing Date:      Wednesday 02 October 2019
Interview Date:      To be confirmed

Do you have what it takes to make an impact on global food and nutrition security? We are looking for exceptional candidates to help drive forward our work to improve the lives of poor people.

The Natural Resources Institute (NRI – of the University of Greenwich carries out specialised research, teaching, training and consultancy with a focus on food, agriculture, environment and sustainable livelihoods.

NRI is currently expanding its interdisciplinary research excellence to address food and nutrition security, especially in Africa. This expansion is funded by UKRI’s Research England under the ‘Expanding Excellence in England’ scheme. Elements of this new investment include new staff, PhD studentships, infrastructure and partnerships (see Investment will be across four specific areas:

  • Climate Change, Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Sustainable Agricultural Intensification
  • Food Loss and Waste
  • Food Systems for Improved Nutrition

NRI’s work is globally respected and has won many awards including a recent Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education. The Institute is located at the University’s vibrant Medway Campus in Chatham Maritime, Kent.

NRI is looking to appoint a Senior Fellow in Food Systems Economics. An appointment may be made at the Fellow level for a suitably qualified candidate. The focus on the role will be on high quality research, with a possible contribution to teaching activities of up to 10%. There may also be opportunities to supervise postgraduate MPhil/PhD students. This position contributes to the Food Loss and Waste Programme in the Food and Nutrition Security Initiative as well as other themes

Working within a multi-disciplinary team, the successful candidate will undertake research to develop models of food systems that can guide future research and policy that aims to tackle the underlying causes of food and nutrition security at both micro and macro levels.

The successful candidate will be comfortable bringing to bear food systems economics skills to a wide set of challenges across disciplines.Food systems is considered from a holistic perspective and may include, for example, aspects of productivity, inclusion, upgrading of value chains, reducing food loss and waste, increasing institutional efficiency (including policy and regulatory frameworks), developing and growing micro and small food enterprises, building resilience among rural populations, measuring trade-offs between factors and improving health and welfare.

It is anticipated that work will focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Previous experience in this region would be an advantage. International travel is an expectation of this role.

For informal enquiries, please contact the Programme Leader (Professor Ben Bennett ( or Head of Department (Dr Andy Frost (

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

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