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Research Associate

Pentland Centre
Salary:   £27,831 to £32,236
Closing Date:   Sunday 23 June 2019
Interview Date:   Thursday 11 July 2019
Reference:  A2608

We welcome applications for this full-time fixed-term post until August 2021, working with Dr Lingxuan Liu who is based in Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business and Lancaster University China Centre.

You will join an interdisciplinary, multi-country research project to explore urban food systems in Chinese and European cities. The project SIRIUS is funded by ESRC under the JPI-UE Sustainable and Liveable Cities and Urban Areas ( and the consortium is a collaboration between Lancaster University, The Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT), and Chinese Academy of Science.

As part of the project team, you will be contributing to the research collaboration across the whole consortium regarding the city-food nexus themes, such as sustainability, resilience, innovation and interconnectedness, and be responsible for two main research strands in the project: 

1) To identify the natural and societal factors that will influence the vulnerability and resilience of urban food supply chains, thus develop scenarios of the urban food systems in the case study regions; 

2) To analyze how actors in the case cities translate urban food policies into concrete practices to initiate changes in the urban food system, and how food sustainability, resilience or innovations are prioritized politically. 

This will involve literature/data collection & synthesis, environmental system analysis, supply chain risk and resilience analysis, and engagement with key stakeholders such as city councils, community food projects, food industries, and policy makers. These research strands will help us understand the current and potential challenges and opportunities of urban food system.

You should have a PhD in a relevant area (or be near completion for appointment at grade 6) and expertise in quantitative research. You should have an academic or industrial background of supply chain management, sustainable cities, food sustainability etc. You will have strong skills of data mining, spatial analysis, scenario designing, and working with various stakeholders. Computational abilities, such as GIS, SPSS, Matlab, are desirable but not essential. You should have demonstrable interest and a track record of publications (or working papers in progress) in the research area of food consumption, urban food systems or food supply chains. Research experience in Asia and the ability to speak Asian languages is a strong asset.

This position starts on the 1 Sept 2019 or at a mutually agreed date. You are highly encouraged to contact Dr. Lingxuan Liu ( before applying, as he can provide further information regarding the project. 

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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