Environmental Social Scientist

The James Hutton Institute - Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences

Fixed term - 3 years

We are looking for a highly motivated environmental social scientist to join the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences (SEGS) group. The successful candidate will contribute to our well-established research agenda at the James Hutton Institute on human-nature relationships and the governance of ecosystem services, land use and climate change. This is a three-year appointment.

Applicants must have a PhD (e.g., in psychology, sociology, political sciences or another relevant discipline) and demonstrable experience in qualitative social scientific research methods. An awareness of land management issues in Scotland and expertise in one particular topic area (e.g., climate change, woodland management, nature conservation, land use change) is highly desirable as is a strong theoretical background in perspectives such as discourse analysis, practice theory, governance analysis, social representation theory or other suitable approaches. 

A range of qualitative methods (interviews, focus group discussions, workshops) are likely to be used, and there will also be opportunities to explore the application of more specific methods such as participatory video, social network analysis or others. Experience and skills in quantitative methods for data collection and analysis will be an advantage. A willingness to work in interdisciplinary teams with natural scientists and other social scientists is essential.

This post will be based in Aberdeen with some requirements to travel within the UK and potentially also abroad.

Further information is available from www.hutton.ac.uk/careers. For informal enquiries please contact Anke Fischer anke.fischer@hutton.ac.uk

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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