Research Fellow in Water Security and Livelihoods

Cranfield, Bedford
£32,094 per annum
18 Sep 2017
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25 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Research Fellow in Water Security and Livelihoods 

School of Water, Energy and the Environment

Water / Cranfield Water Science Institute

(12 month Fixed Term contract, to commence 1 January 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter)

£32,094 per annum

Location: Based at Cranfield, Bedfordshire, MK43 0AL with 4 months field work in Ethiopia

The Cranfield Water Science Institute has over 25 years of successful research and teaching.  We host a suite of unique, near industrial-scale facilities that attract funding from across the water sector as well as from government and charitable trusts and we have strategic partnerships with several water utilities. The quality of our research and teaching on water and sanitation for low income countries was recognised this year through award of the Queens Anniversary Prize for Higher & Further Education.

We are looking for someone to join our team who is passionate about improving water supply to the 844 million people who still do not have access to even a basic source of drinking water. Specifically, someone to support research into the development of a novel water security indicator for pastoralists in Ethiopia. There are over 12 million pastoralists in Ethiopia and over 200 million worldwide. Many of these people use water in complex ways which are poorly accounted for by conventional water access and water security measures. 

Your research will form part of a new research agenda examining the potential for emotion and wellbeing based indicators to be used as a way to measure the success of water programmes for these vulnerable populations. Ultimately, this will help governments and aid agencies design and evaluate more appropriate water programmes for pastoralist communities in Ethiopia and elsewhere.

You will be responsible for organising and carrying out surveying fieldwork in Ethiopia as part of this project as well as analysing the collected data and supporting the development of significant conceptual and theoretical contributions to relevant literatures. 

You will have a PhD (or obtained by the time the role commences) in a relevant social science discipline with an international development dimension (e.g. development studies, anthropology, human geography, public health etc.), alongside experience of fieldwork in low income countries and analysing quantitative and qualitative data using dedicated software. The project will involve a four-month fieldwork period so you should have relevant overseas experience and aptitude for this type of work. You will be self-motivated and ready to develop your research career at Cranfield.

For an informal discussion, please contact Dr Paul Hutchings, Lecturer in WASH Impact Evaluation, on (T) +44 (0)1234 758352 or (E);

Cranfield University is committed to promoting a harmonious working and learning environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity, recognising that the contribution of all its people will be most effective in conditions which are inclusive.

We have been awarded an Institutional Athena SWAN Bronze award and have also achieved a Bronze Opportunity Now award.  We also run the Leadership Foundation’s Aurora Programme, which is a leadership development programme, aimed at women in an academic, technical or professional service role.  

Apply online now at or contact us for further details on E: or T: +44 (0)1234 750111 Ext. 4951. For any enquiries, please quote reference number 2532.   

Closing date for receipt of applications:       25 October 2017 

Interviews to be held:     13 November 2017