Research Fellow in Perceptions & Behaviour in Coastal Communities in South East Asia

University of Plymouth - School of Psychology, Faculty of Health & Human Sciences

The above full-time, fixed term post is available from 1 January 2018 to 31st December 2021 in the School of Psychology at the University of Plymouth. This 4 year (48 month) post is part of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) supported ‘Blue Communities’ project funded by RCUK. The project is a collaboration between 3 UK institutions: Plymouth Marine Laboratories (PML, lead), the University of Exeter and the University of Plymouth; and several institutions and non-governmental bodies across South East Asia including in Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines and China.

The overall aim of the project is to: “develop interdisciplinary research capability and lasting collaborations that: facilitate innovative application of integrated planning in the marine environment within the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme and other marine parks and their communities in South East Asia, and respond to the UN Sustainable Development Goals of no poverty, zero hunger and good health and well-being for coastal communities through the sustainable use of marine resources”.

You will apply social and behavioural research methods to a) co-create instruments and methods to elicit perceptions and behaviour patterns from coastal communities, implement these tools, analyse data and write up results, and b) support training programmes to increase capacity in psychological, social and behavioural research and analysis skills among our partner organisations in South East Asia. You will work primarily with Dr Sabine Pahl (School of Psychology, University of Plymouth) but will be tightly integrated with the rest of the team. 

The overall project team is multi-disciplinary, including evidence synthesis, psychology, epidemiology, health geography, marine sciences and environmental/health economics, and is based in the cities of Plymouth, Penryn and Truro in the Southwest of England. You will be expected to collaborate extensively with other colleagues in Plymouth Marine Laboratories, the Universities of Plymouth and Exeter as well as our international partners in South East Asia. The post will involve travel to all collaborating countries for research as well as training programme delivery.

This post is subject to funding confirmation.

For further information regarding this post, please contact Dr Sabine Pahl (

Clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service will be required for this position.

This is a full-time post working 37 hours per week on a fixed-term basis for 4 years, starting January 2018. 

Closing date: 12 midnight, Sunday 10th September 2017.

Interviews are likely to be held between 2nd October and 12th October in Plymouth.

University of Plymouth is committed to an inclusive culture and respecting diversity, and welcomes applications from all sections of the community and is a Stonewall diversity champion.

The University holds a Bronze Athena SWAN Award which recognises commitment to advancing women’s careers in STEMM academia.

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