Postdoctoral Research Assistant – Political Economy of Forecast-based Financing

University of Reading - Geography & Environmental Science

We are seeking a highly motivated social scientist with a solid understanding of national & international disaster risk reduction & humanitarian financing systems to join an international project team working to reduce natural hazard impacts on vulnerable communities.

The researcher will become part of the FATHUM project (Forecasts for AnTicipatory HUManitarian Action), which is funded by NERC and DfID as part of their Science for Humanitarian Emergencies & Resilience (SHEAR) programme. The multidisciplinary FATHUM team aim to carry out research that enables the successful implementation and scale-up of Forecast-based Financing (FbF) locally, nationally and internationally. Part of this project requires research to understand how FbF could be scaled up and embedded in national and international humanitarian financing systems.

You will have:

  • A PhD or equivalent in human geography, international development, development economics or other relevant discipline.
  • A solid understanding of national and international disaster risk reduction & humanitarian financing systems.
  • Experience of interviewing senior officials / senior management staff and fieldwork in a developing country.
  • Strong communication skills

Informal contact details                                                                                
Contact role: Senior Research Fellow, FATHUM Work Package Leader       
Contact name: Dr Emily Wilkinson                                                                  
Contact phone: 02079220435                                                                        
Contact email:

Alternative informal contact details
Contact role: Senior Research Fellow, FATHUM Principal Investigator
Contact name: Dr Liz Stephens
Contact phone: 0118 378 7586
Contact email:

Interview date to be confirmed.

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, is a Stonewall Diversity and Global Diversity Champion, and supports the principles of the Race Equality Charter and Athena SWAN. Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.

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