Agricultural Sociologist

The James Hutton Institute - Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences

Fixed term - 2 years

We are seeking a highly motivated post-doctoral researcher to join the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences group (SEGS) at the James Hutton Institute. The successful candidate will be part of a team of researchers undertaking research on farmer decision-making, particularly as it relates to agri-environmental engagement, water resources management and livestock disease control.  This is a two-year fixed term contract in the first instance.

The main focus of the post is to undertake primary data collection and analysis within four projects: the H2020 PLAID project on good practice in on-farm demonstration; a stream of Scottish Government research addressing monitor farms; a further stream of research into farmer environmental decision-making as part of ongoing research in the Lunan Catchment; and the EPIC centre of expertise on animal disease outbreaks.

The candidate must have a PhD (or be nearing completion) in a related field (e.g. human geography, rural sociology, interdisciplinary agricultural research), with a strong theoretical background in the areas of innovation, decision-making, risk cultures and perception, animal/human interactions and/or agricultural knowledge systems. The successful candidate will be responsible for collaborating within multi-disciplinary teams to design and implement multiple research projects. The candidate’s main strengths should be in qualitative or mixed methods research, particularly in relation to understanding and influencing farmer behaviour; skills in visual research methods, familiarity with ecosystem services concepts, external income generation and an established publication history would also be assets.

This post will be based in Aberdeen, with occasional requirements to travel within Scotland and throughout Europe.

Further information is available from  For informal enquiries, contact Lee-Ann Sutherland

The James Hutton Institute is committed to equal opportunities.  We welcome application from all who believe fit the essential criteria for this post.

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