Post-Doctoral Researcher in Agri-Environmental Approaches

The James Hutton Institute - Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences

The work undertaken by The James Hutton Group is right at the top of the global agenda tackling problems such as the impact of climate change and threats to food and water security.

The Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences (SEGS) group contains a range of researchers, using a range of qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods and often taking interdisciplinary and/or participatory perspectives.

We are seeking a highly motivated post-doctoral researcher. The successful candidate will be part of a team of researchers undertaking research on farmer decision-making and agri-environmental governance, particularly as it relates to agri-environmental management, governance of knowledge systems, land manager cooperation and agro-ecological practices in agriculture. The main focus of the post is to undertake primary data collection, analysis and stakeholder engagement within Scottish Government research addressing policy interventions to enhance sustainable management at the landscape scale and land management decision-making, and within the EU H2020 projects PLAID and Agri-Link on enhancing peer learning and on-farm demonstration.  This is an exciting time to be doing applied research in this area, with potential to influence policy makers at Scottish, UK and EU levels.

The candidate must have a PhD (or be nearing completion) in a related field (e.g. human geography, rural sociology, interdisciplinary agricultural research, behavioural economics), with a strong theoretical background in the areas of farmer cooperation, decision-making, farmer-to-farmer learning and/or governance and institutional analysis.

The successful candidate will be responsible for collaborating within interdisciplinary 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, and investigating policy instruments and governance mechanisms. Experience of engaging a variety of land managers and an established publication record 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 Kirsty Blackstock (

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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