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PDRA in Fire Governance

Royal Holloway, University of London - Department of Geography

Location: Egham
Salary: £41,481 per annum, including London Allowance
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 20th February 2024
Closes: 16th March 2024
Job Ref: 0224-055

Full Time, Fixed Term

Applications are invited for the post of Post Doctoral Research Associate in Fire Governance within the Leverhulme Centre for Wildfires, Environment and Society (https://centreforwildfires.org). 

The Centre was established in 2019 and is comprised of social and natural scientists from Imperial College, King’s College London, Royal Holloway and University of Reading, working together to create a new, integrative science of wildfire. The aim of the Centre is: to understand what factors govern wildfire regimes, including the sources, frequency, intensity, timing, and spatial pattern of fire; develop ways of predicting fire risks that include new biophysical understanding and account more reflexively for human-environment dynamics; quantify the impacts of fire on natural processes and human systems, including assessing their economic consequences and wider cultural meanings; and develop ideas for living with fire. The post holder will therefore join a vibrant interdisciplinary research community with a joint vision of producing evidence-based understanding of the human-fire nexus that can help inform policy and practice.

This post will contribute to the analysis of fire governance in the wider context of the governance of land and resources. It will look at multi-level governance and whether and how fire is represented in international agreements and national laws, and how these constrain and/or enable local level fire governance. Using an equity approach, the postholder will evaluate the differing agendas and motivations in fire management, the importance and challenge of partnerships, and how different actors perceive just outcomes and processes in different forms of fire management. The research may involve secondary data collation as well as empirical research through social science methods including ethnographic assessments, participatory workshops, observational studies and quantitative data collection. The post may include periods of international fieldwork, and the applicant must be willing and able to travel and work in Global South settings. 

The successful candidate will hold, or will have recently submitted, a PhD in a relevant field, and will have significant experience of human-environment interactions, social science methods, and local level fieldwork in the Global South. The PDRA will also have the opportunity to both lead and to contribute to publications arising from the research and to present results at UK and international conferences.

This is a full-time post for 2.75 years, immediately available from the 1st April 2024, or as soon as possible. The successful applicant will join one of the UK’s strongest Geography Departments, ranked 5th in the UK in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework and consistently ranked highly in the National Student Survey. The successful applicant will be a member of the world-leading Geopolitics, Development, Security and Justice (GDSJ) Research Group. The GDSJ group works on issues of mobility, security, governance, justice and rights across political, development, environmental and social geography, both in and across the Global North and Global South.

This post is based in Egham Surrey/Leverhulme Centre’s hubs in Central London/Hybrid working

Informal enquiries can be made to Professor Jay Mistry at: j.mistry@rhul.ac.uk

The Human Resources Department can be contacted with queries by email at: recruitment@rhul.ac.uk

Please quote the reference: 0224-055

Closing Date:   23:59, 16 March 2024

Interview Date: TBC

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