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Research Associate/Senior Research Associate

Lancaster Environment Centre
Salary:   £28,331 to £40,322
Closing Date:   Sunday 31 January 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  A3262

We welcome applications for this full-time post, tenable until September 2021, working with Professor Jess Davies (Lancaster Environment Centre), Dr Daniel Evans (Cranfield University), Dr Lingxuan Liu (Lancaster Management School).

You will join an interdisciplinary research project examining how urban food growing and urban greening influences the sustainability, resilience and health of our food system. The project is funded by BBSRC, ESRC, NERC and the Scottish Government under the Resilience of the UK food system in a global context third call and is a collaboration between the Lancaster University, University of Liverpool, and Cranfield University.

As part of the project team, you will identify under-researched ‘frontier’ zones/spaces in urban environments that could support food growing, urban greening, and ecosystem service delivery; explore the spatial distribution of these ‘frontier’ spaces in UK cities; and design and conduct a pilot experiment in two UK cities to determine the suitability of these frontier spaces for growing food, urban greening, and ecosystem service delivery. 

This research will involve literature/data synthesis, spatial analysis, and engagement with key stakeholders such as city councils, community food projects, and policy makers. This research will help advance our current understanding about the potential for urban environments to support food production, ensure food system resilience, and secure sustainable ecosystems.  

You will have a PhD in a relevant area (or be near completion for appointment at grade 6) and a demonstrable interest in the research area of urban food systems and ecosystem services as we are seeking a candidate that shares our excitement for this work. Research experience of analyzing large environmental and/or socioeconomic datasets, working with GIS software, and experimental design is desirable. You will have strong skills in time management, and ideally experience in working with stakeholders. 

You will join us on an indefinite contract however, the role remains contingent on external funding which, at this time is due to come to an end on 30 September 2021.

You are highly encouraged to contact Professor Jess Davies ( before applying, as she can provide further information regarding the project. 

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

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