Agricultural Sociologist - Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences

The James Hutton Institute

We are seeking a highly motivated post-doctoral researcher to join the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences group (SEGS) at the James Hutton Institute.

The successful candidate will be part of a team of researchers undertaking research on farmer decision-making, particularly as it relates to agri-environmental management, land manager cooperation and using agro-ecological practices in agriculture. The main focus of the post is to undertake primary data collection, analysis and stakeholder engagement within three projects: two streams of Scottish Government research addressing policy interventions to enhance sustainable management at landscape scale and land management decision-making relating to the adoption of agro-ecological practices; and the H2020 project PLAID on enhancing peer learning and on-farm demonstration.

The candidate must have a PhD (or be nearing completion) in a related field (e.g. human geography, rural sociology, interdisciplinary agricultural research), with a strong theoretical background in the areas of farmer cooperation, decision-making, farmer-to-farmer learning and/or institutional analysis. The successful candidate will be responsible for collaborating within interdisciplinary teams to design and implement multiple research projects. The candidate’s main strengths should be in qualitative or mixed methods research, particularly in relation to understanding and influencing farmer behaviour, and investigating policy instruments and governance mechanisms. Experience of engaging a variety of land managers and an established publication record would also be assets.

This post will be based in Aberdeen, with occasional requirements to travel within Scotland and throughout Europe.

The duration of this position in until December 22nd 2017

Further information is available from   

The James Hutton Institute
Tel:  0844 928 5428

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