Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Environmental Economics and Innovation, SMARTLINE Project

University of Exeter - University of Exeter Medical School

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a full time starting 1st September 2017.

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 21,000 students from more than 130 different countries and is in the top 1% of universities in the world with 98% of its research rated as being of international quality. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today.

The Smartline project is a research and innovation project aimed at supporting the growth of the eHealth and eWellbeing small and medium enterprise SME sector in Cornwall through the identification and support for products, processes and services that will improved the health and wellbeing of social housing tenants and build the cohesion of their communities. This is a partnership project involving the University of Exeter, Coastline Housing, Volunteer Cornwall and Cornwall Council.

Smartline is supported by funding from the European Regional Development Fund, part of the European Structural and Investment Funds, and as such, business support and engagement is fundamental to the delivery of the project and a key aspect of all posts within it.

Based at the internationally regarded, European Centre for Environment and Human Health in UEMS, this post will use mixed methods to explore issues of wellbeing and community cohesion within the Smartline project.

Key tasks will include:

  • - Design of a choice experiment questionnaire to analyse the market for potential eWellbeing/Smart Housing products
  • - Analysis of survey data
  • - Conducting cost-benefit analysis of potential interventions to improve wellbeing in social housing
  • - An ability to apply multivariate statistical analysis to data sets
  • - Supporting research and development needs of SMEs leading to products, processes and services
  • - Working with businesses and assisting in the delivery of workshops for co-creation of products

You will join a multidisciplinary team based at the University of Exeter Truro Campus Cornwall, UK . The appointee will be supervised by Dr Tim Taylor economics, Smartline PI , Dr Karyn Morrissey economics, geography and Prof Gareth Shaw and Mr Stephen Hickman innovation, located in the Business School .

The successful candidate will have an established record of research excellence in the application of mixed methods to assess wellbeing, with preference given to those with prior experience of working with communities and SMEs.

A PhD is essential in Economics or a related discipline. Experience of working with SMEs, and a track record in the exploitation of research to create social and/or economic impact would be preferable as would experience of environment and/or health issues. All applications relevant to our research strategy will be considered.

You may wish to consult our web site at for further details of the European Centre of Environment and Human Health.

To arrange an informal discussion please contact Dr Tim Taylor .

The College is proud to have a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment and impact to providing equality of opportunity and advancing the representation of women in STEM/M subjects. 

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer. We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce

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