Senior Lecturer/Researcher Human Geography/Food Systems (AC3)

Medway, United Kingdom
£39,610 to £48,676
Monday, 12 August 2019
End of advertisement period
Tuesday, 10 September 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Livelihoods & Institutions

Location:      Medway campus
Salary:      £39,610 to £48,676
Contract Type:      Permanent
Closing Date:      Tuesday 10 September 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 Lecturer/Researcher in Human Geography/Food Systems. There is an expectation of a balanced contribution between high quality research and teaching. There may also be opportunities to supervise postgraduate MPhil/PhD students.

NRI will lead BA Human Geography from 2020 to complement its current provision in BSc Geography. The Jobholder will act as the Programme Leader for BA Human Geography developing a programme that recruits an acceptable number of students, and delivers high levels of student satisfaction, high levels of student attainment and good employability outcomes.

Working within a multi-disciplinary team, the successful candidate will undertake research (from a human geography perspective) to support the development of food systems and inform policies to tackle the underlying causes of food and nutrition security at both micro and macro levels.

The successful candidate will have a strong research track record in human geography with experience relevant to the development of food systems in support of food and nutrition security. The focus will be on the spatial dimensions of food systems and networks, food availability and accessibility to different population groups. The candidate will contribute to the interdisciplinary programmatic approach to food and nutrition security, considering the interaction of human activity and the environment, both rural and urban, and the wider context of climate change and climate variability. 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 Director of NRI (Professor Andrew Westby ( or Head of Department (Professor Vegard Iversen (

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

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