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UKRI GCRF One Ocean Hub Deputy Director (320222)

University of Strathclyde - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - School of Law

Location: Glasgow
Salary: £52,560 to £59,135 Grade 9.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 18th September 2020
Closes: 8th November 2020
Job Ref: 276779

Term: Fixed (until 12/02/2024)

UKRI GCRF One Ocean Hub

This is an exciting opportunity to join the One Ocean Hub, a new, £20M global hub for interdisciplinary research funded through the UKRI Global Challenges Research Fund. The Hub seeks to address intractable challenges faced by developing countries in relation to ocean management. Through this 5-year initiative, researchers from the UK will work with colleagues across the world to address the challenges of South Africa, Namibia, Ghana, Fiji and Solomon Islands in realising the economic, socio-cultural and environmental benefits from the ocean. The Hub will weave learning from the ocean, ranging from the traditional knowledge of the peoples who rely upon it to marine sciences, innovative legal approaches and artistic methods. Our aim is to bridge the disconnections in law, science and society across all levels from the local to the international. We aim to empower vulnerable communities, woman and youth to shape and benefit from the blue economy through inclusive and integrated governance approaches required to ensure a healthy ocean and flourishing economies.

We are looking to appoint a Deputy Director to play a key leadership role, helping to consolidate the Hub as a Centre of Excellence in interdisciplinary research on ocean governance in a development context. You will work closely with the Director and Co-Directors, the administrative team of the Hub, and the Hub’s Advisory Board, to shape the strategic direction of the Hub and contribute to growing the Hub and its research and skills offerings and delivering on the Hub’s ambitious impact goals.

Together with the Director, you will be responsible for: ensuring substantive synergies across all research programmes of the One Ocean Hub; managing and monitoring distributed work streams; and contributing to monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) of research outcomes and of impacts from research and capacity building; deputising for the Director on research issues as appropriate. You will lead the development of knowledge exchange and impact activities; contribute to the training and mentoring of researchers across the Hub; and establish a Hub Doctoral Training Centre. You will lead individual and collaborative research activities which contribute to the Hub’s interdisciplinary research activity.

To be considered for the role, you will have a PhD and extensive professional experience in a relevant discipline, such as international law of the sea, international environmental law and governance, ocean policy and/or international development studies. You will have a sustained track record of high quality publications in this area, a track record of attracting international consultancies and other externally funded projects, and a consolidated, global professional network of relevance to the work of the One Ocean Hub. You will be able to work across disciplinary boundaries and across different scales (national, regional, international).

You will be able to hit the ground running and integrate quickly into a diverse, highly motivated team. You will be flexible and adaptable as the Hub is a dynamic learning network for transformational research for development, which operates at multiple scales and across three regions (Caribbean, Africa, South Pacific).

Formal interviews for this post are likely to be held on Monday, 9 November 2020.

Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Fiona McKenna, Head of Operations, GCRF One Ocean Hub (

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