Senior Fellow (AC3)/Fellow (AC2) in Climate Change and Rural Institutions

Medway, United Kingdom
£33,199 to £48,676
12 Aug 2019
End of advertisement period
02 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Livelihoods & Institutions

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 Climate Change and Rural Institutions. An appointment may be made at the Fellow (Lecturer) 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 15%.There will also likely to be opportunities to supervise postgraduate MPhil/PhD students.

Candidates for this Senior Fellow/Fellow position are expected to enhance NRI’s capacity to research the role of rural institutions in facilitating or constraining adaptation to climate change and climate variability; and/or in facilitating or constraining the equitable participation of rural people in climate change mitigation initiatives. “Rural institutions” in this context could include: formal and informal institutions and organisations, including institutions with democratically elected members; branches of the government, private and civil society sectors; user groups and other governance, land tenure, agricultural services, and financial and marketing institutions.

Suitable candidates will have a PhD in development studies, social anthropology, economics (or agricultural economics), geography, political science or a related field and a credible, recent and relevant post-PhD research and publication record.

An appointment may be made at the Fellow (AC2) level where a suitable candidate has relevant skills, experience and profile.

The post holder is expected to have, and maintain strong stakeholder relationships at regional, national and international levels, across his/her research disciplines and a strong record of publication at the highest level. 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 John Morton ( or Head of Department (Professor Vegard Iversen (

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