Research Fellow (Conservation Conflicts)

University of Stirling

Post Details
Location: Stirling Campus         

The Post

A Research Fellow position is available at the University of Stirling to work in the research group of Dr Nils Bunnefeld on a European Research Council (ERC) funded project entitled “Resolving conflicts between food security and biodiversity conservation under uncertainty (ConFooBio)”. The post will be employed on a 44 months fixed term contract.

Conflicts between food security and biodiversity conservation are increasing in scale and intensity and have been shown to be damaging for both biodiversity and human livelihoods. Managing a specific natural resource often results in conflict between those stakeholders focussing on improving food security and those focussed on biodiversity conversation. Uncertainty, for example from climate change, decreases food security, puts further pressure on biodiversity and exacerbates these conflicts. ConFooBio aims to illuminate resolutions to such conflicts by developing a practical, transparent and flexible model for the sustainable future of natural resources that is also robust to uncertainty. ConFooBio will work on 7 topical case studies of conflicts: elephants and farming (Gabon), geese and farming (Denmark & UK), common cranes and farming (Sweden), grouse shooting and hen harrier conservation (UK), salmon farming and wild salmon (Norway) and wild reindeer conservation and tourism (Norway).

Description of Duties

The following activities will be expected of the post-holder:

  • Constructing and testing social-ecological simulation models.
  • Developing new ways of stakeholder engagement with theoretical models.
  • Leading on peer-reviewed publications.
  • Writing reports (e.g. to funder).

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