|Salary:||The starting salary will be from £40,745 on Grade F depending on qualifications and experience.|
|Placed On:||26th May 2023|
|Closes:||15th June 2023|
This full time post is available for 12 months from 1 October 2023 until 30 September 2024.
The Faculty wishes to recruit an outstanding and highly motivated Research
The Faculty wishes to recruit an outstanding & highly motivated Research Fellow to participate in the ‘Community Action’ team of the NERC-funded project “Renewing biodiversity through a people-in-nature approach (RENEW).” The wider RENEW partnership seeks to develop solutions to one of the major environmental challenges for humankind, the renewal of biodiversity.
The RENEW programme includes academics & partners across environmental sciences, data science, environmental intelligence, social sciences, humanities, arts, & business. RENEW is funded by NERC & involves 33 project partners. The post is funded by Natural England, one of RENEW’s major partners and a strategic partner with the University of Exeter.
The post entails producing a systematic literature review of social science research on including & involving communities historically excluded from nature in the biodiversity renewal efforts in the UK. Under their Protected Sites Strategy (PSS), Natural England are piloting working at five Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) across England. The PSS aims to transform these SSSIs into ‘battery packs’ for nature recovery. A central part of this work involves engaging local communities in renewal activities at the SSSIs. The post will involve liaising with teams at each of the five sites in order to establish their approaches to community inclusion. A ‘map’ of these approaches will then be used as a scaffold for the systematic review. This review will be a major building block in Natural England’s PSS as it scales up. It will also make a major research contribution of use to both academics & practitioners.
You will work closely with Professor Catriona McKinnon & Dr Alice Moseley in the Community Action Theme 2 Team.
To inform the scope of the systematic review, the postholder will engage with PSS pilot sites & RENEW partners to further understand their research needs & interests. This will entail meetings or potentially interviews/focus groups with these partners. You will therefore need to have good partner engagement skills, & ideally have experience in using social scientific methods such as interviews or focus groups, as well as an appreciation of principles of research co-design and knowledge co-production. You will lead on or participate in the preparation of a research ethics proposal if required. An understanding of the principles of research integrity & ethics is therefore essential.
Please read the Job Description for full details of this role.
Please contact Professor Catriona McKinnon, email@example.com
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