Research Assistant in Environmental Governance

The James Hutton Institute

12 Months Fixed Term

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.

Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences (SEGS) are an innovative, dynamic group of about 40 researchers using a wide range of qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods and often taking interdisciplinary and/or participatory perspectives.

We are seeking a highly motivated researcher to undertake qualitative social research on the challenges of enabling more sustainable and equitable natural resource management.  The work will be team-based, working across disciplines within the SEGS group and also working with other researchers in the James Hutton Institute and beyond.

The candidate must have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a relevant discipline, and expertise in qualitative research, particularly in relation to implementing and analyzing semi-structured interviews.  Familiarity with other methods of data collection and analysis, including mixed methods, focus groups and/or content analysis, would be of advantage.  Awareness of current challenges in environmental governance as well as strong communication and team-working skills are essential.  Familiarity with Scottish, UK and European policies relating to the environment would be regarded a strength.

This post will be based in Aberdeen, Scotland; there will be a requirement for occasional travel within Scotland and to Europe for project meetings.

For further information and to apply please visit For informal enquiries please contact Kerry Waylen (

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

Closing date 12th August 2018

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