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Research Associate

Imperial College London - Centre for Environmental Policy

Location: London
Salary: £37,486 to £46,499
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 22nd May 2019
Closes: 23rd June 2019
Job Ref: NAT00445
 

Job description

Job summary

We are seeking to recruit a Research Associate to work with Dr Alex Collins and partners on the European Union Interreg Project Nature Smart Cities. The successful candidate will  across the 2 Seas (NSCiti2S) in order to support the delivery of project’s outputs. The NSCiti2S project aims to address the knowledge gap that exists for local authorities (LAs) that prevents them from deploying green infrastructure (GI) on a scale that enables urban landscapes to adapt to the future impacts of climate change and build more sustainable communities.

A key aspect of Imperial College’s involvement in the project is to assist in the development of tools and approaches that will assist towns and cities in self-funding GI and climate investment programmes, reducing and removing the reliance on subsidies. In order to do this a good understanding of the barriers and enablers for GI implementation, along with understanding of approval and financing processes is required. Therefore, a series of semi-structured interviews with LAs and other professional involved with the development of GI are planned.

This post will assist in the development of the methodology for this, including the ethics approval and undertake the interviews and analysis. The post will also involve interpreting the results in order to make suggestions for approaches and methodologies to assist LA implementing GI. Additionally, the role will involve researching the economic, social and environmental benefits of GI and assisting in developing materials for the project’s capacity building programme. 

Duties and responsibilities

  • Assist in the development of the methodology for a series of semi-structured interviews investigating the barriers and enablers and approval and financing processes for GI implementation, including the preparation of documentation for ethic approval
  • Undertake a series of semi-structured interviews investigating the barriers and enablers and approval and financing processes for GI implementation with Local Authorities and other professionals involved with the development and implementation of GI 
  • Analyse the findings of the semi-structured interviews including transcribing, identifying themes and coding results 
  • Write up of the findings from the semi-structured interviews for academic and policy and practice audiences 
  • Provide input to the development of approaches and methodologies to assist LA implementing GI based on the findings of the semi-structured interviews
  • Research the economic, social and environmental benefits of GI and provide this information in a format that is easily understood by LA, policy makers and practitioners 
  • Assist in developing materials for the project’s capacity building programme 

Essential requirements 

  • A PhD in Environmental Research or equivalent experience working in a similar area
  • Experience of working as part of a research team to generate results and preparing manuscripts 
  • Experience of working in a research-oriented environment
  • Experience of working on international projects
  • Experience in semi-structured interview technique.
  • Knowledge of GI and environmental management 
  • Ability to conduct qualitative analysis Successful work in a research-oriented environment 

Further information

This is a full-time, fixed-term position for 1 year, based at the South Kensington Campus.

For informal queries, please contact Dr Alexandra Collins (Lecturer in Environmental Sustainability) by email at alexandra.collins@imperial.ac.uk 

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.

   
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