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Senior Research Associate - Energy and Climate Governance

Lancaster Environment Centre
Salary:   £34,804 to £40,322
Closing Date:   Sunday 28 February 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  A3282

We welcome applications for a Senior Research Associate to join this new initiative investigating citizen engagement in energy and climate governance

The UK has committed to reducing carbon emissions to net-zero by 2050. How will people respond to this challenge? What scope is there for people to live their lives differently, and how can government enable this shift? How can citizens work with government, to shape a climate strategy that works for them? 

The post will play a central role in a new research initiative investigating these questions, led by Prof Rebecca Willis (see the project website here) following on from her contribution to Climate Assembly UK. The postholder will work with the project team, consisting of Prof Willis, this post and two PhD positions, to develop new understandings of the role of the individual in governance, use deliberative methodologies to bring citizens together with experts, and co-design policy and strategy recommendations. 

The initiative is a partnership between Lancaster University, the Committee on Climate Change, the Energy System Catapult, the UK Energy Research Centre, and the Centre for Climate and Social Transformation (CAST). It is funded by UK Research and Innovation. You will join a lively, interdisciplinary department, Lancaster Environment Centre, with a strong tradition of quality research and impact with government and business. 

As part of the project team, you will undertake research to investigate how individuals are understood within climate and energy governance, through document analysis, engagement with key stakeholders in academia, business, government and other organisations, and through the design and implementation of deliberative research. You will work with the team to develop recommendations for embedding citizen deliberation into policymaking, and designing climate strategies and policies which engage and motivate people.  

You will have a PhD in a relevant field (or equivalent experience in a relevant research-intensive role), and experience in climate or energy policy and governance and / or deliberative research. This experience could have been gained in an academic or other context. You will have strong skills in collaborating with external stakeholders, as well as managing your own time and contributing to the project team. 

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 31 October 2025.

You are strongly encouraged to contact Rebecca Willis ( before applying, to discuss the role in more detail. 

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups. Jobshare applications are welcome. We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis. The department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in Higher Education and research. 


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