Research Associate

University of Cambridge - Department of Geography

Making Dams Sustainable

We are looking for a part time or full time Research Associate to work on a project analysing the work and impact of the World Commission on Dams (WCD, 1997-2000). The WCD was a science-policy interface that sought to change prevailing paradigms of international dam design.

The project will review the WCD's work and recommendations and assess its long-term impacts, in the light of the subsequent surge in new dam construction. It is hoped that this review will provide insights into future opportunities to improve the sustainability of dam design and construction.

The work is funded under a Global Challenges Research Fund project DAMS 2.0: Design and assessment of resilient and sustainable interventions in water-energy-food-environment Mega-Systems (to be re-named FutureDAMS), in a multi-institution research collaboration led by the University of Manchester. The post holder will work under the supervision of Professor Bill Adams in the Department of Geography

We are seeking an individual with research experience in the fields of science policy, political ecology or development, and experience of qualitative social science methods. Knowledge of water resource development projects is an advantage, as is knowledge of the work of the World Commission on Dams or other science-policy interfaces.  As part of the project, the post-holder will potentially travel to meetings with other research partners internationally (Ghana, Nile Basin, Myanmar) and in the UK (Manchester, Surrey, IIED London, Southampton, NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology Wallingford).

Informal inquiries should be directed to Professor Bill Adams by email,

Interviews will be held on 30th May 2018.

Fixed-term: The post is available immediately, for a two year fixed appointment.  Funds are available until 31st December 2020.

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Please quote reference LC15299 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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