Research Fellow in System Dynamics and Food Value Chains

SOAS University of London - Centre for Development, Environment and Policy

The role and its responsibilities

SOAS is leading a new research project funded by the Gates Foundation. This project will examine an intervention to improve the market availability of vegetables and poultry meat in India, Bangladesh and Ethiopia. We will research the potential for this pilot intervention to be improved and scaled up. The project will characterise the value chains and collect data in study areas. The information will be integrated into a System Dynamics modelling framework, which will be used to simulate modifications to the scheme, scaling out prospects, etc. This appointment is being made to help deliver this research agenda.

The successful candidate will have primary responsibility for field work and organising data collection in India and Ethiopia, and for the system dynamics modelling based on participatory approaches. She/he will be supported by the rest of the project team, including staff at the study sites. The Research Fellow will also contribute to research design and writing of reports and journal articles. The base will be London, but the Fellow will spend substantial periods of time at the study sites, and will travel between the UK, India, Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Vietnam (ILRI) as necessary.

Skills and experience

  • Experience with System Dynamics modelling. Research experience in contexts/disciplines such as environmental science, agriculture/food, ecology, economics, social sciences, health or natural resources will be particularly appropriate. A PhD would be desirable, though not a requirement.
  • Ability to adapt quickly to new research settings and problems.
  • Research experience in developing countries, especially relating to field data collection would be desirable, though not a requirement.
  • A collaborative research outlook and ability to work effectively as part of an interdisciplinary research team.

Further information

For an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Bhavani Shankar,

Competitive benefits package

As an employer of choice SOAS offers an extensive benefits package including:

    • 30 days holiday plus bank holidays and additional School closure days (pro rata for part time staff)
    • Pension scheme with generous employer contribution
    • Various loan schemes including season ticket and IT equipment
    • Cycle to Work Scheme
    • Enhanced Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Pay provisions, childcare voucher scheme, financial support for childcare

About the Centre for Development, Environment and Policy

The Centre undertakes research in the fields of applied economics, nutrition, health, sustainability and development. It brings together staff with strong but diverse specialist skills with experience in, and commitment to, the promotion of sustainable development and effective policy.

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Closing date:    25th January 2018

Completed applications must be received by 23:59 on the closing date to be considered.

Interviews will provisionally be held in the week commencing: 12th February 2018

If you have any questions or require any assistance with regard to the application process, please contact

At SOAS we celebrate diversity and promote equality and inclusion amongst our staff and students. As such, we welcome applications from all, regardless of personal characteristics or background.  

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