Research Fellow in Climate Smart Agriculture (Policy)

University of Leeds - School of Earth and Environment

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a background in environmental social sciences related to policy and governance? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities?

GCRF-AFRICAP is a new programme of work funded by the UK government aimed at establishing academic partnerships between UK and African research and policy institutions and developing capacity across these partnerships in the field of climate smart agriculture. It is driven by an aim to build capacity for, co-develop, and demonstrate nationally owned SDG-compliant agri-food development pathways that can be productive, sustainable, and climate-smart.

The University of Leeds, along with University of Aberdeen, Chatham House, UK Meteorological Services, and the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) have been awarded a significant grant to develop a programme of research and training activities in eastern and southern Africa. These activities will cross relevant disciplines inclusive of agronomic, climate, social, and ecological sciences, and particular emphasis will be placed on building capacities for research to directly inform policy (working through FANRPAN’s extensive networks in the region).

We hope to partner with Met Services, agricultural research organisations and universities in Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, and South Africa in several ways: running and providing bursaries for African and UK scholars to attend bespoke research training courses; jointly developing and running research projects; and developing and disseminating research outputs through joint research-policy forums. Some of these activities will see African scholars invited to participate in training programmes in the UK and others will involve Africa-based laboratory and field-work, as well as participation in regional workshops.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:
Dr Claire Quinn
Tel: +44 (0)113 343 8700, email:

Interview Date: Monday 18 December 2017.

Fixed-term until 31 December 2021.

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