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We're hiring: Research Fellow in Environmental Law and Sustainability

7 Jul 2020

UCL Energy Institute's Islands Laboratory are looking for a Research Fellow in Environmental Law and Sustainability.

This is an opportunity to join UCL-Energy’s research staff as a core member of the UCL Islands Laboratory. In particular this individual would further deepen our expertise in the field of law, environment and sustainability with a particular emphasis on developing new qualitative methods applicable to multi-disciplinary research (disasters risk reduction and resilience for sustainable development, islands and SDGs, stakeholders’ engagement research) and contributing to other research when necessary.

The role involves working as part of the Islands Research Lab at UCL and contributing to the expansion of the Lab research portfolio, to the research findings and publications. The post holder will liaise, contribute and collaborate as needed, contribute to national and international grant applications, to scientific paper publications, collaborate with Islands Lab’s partners, work in close collaboration with partners of a diverse, multi-disciplinary research consortium and industrial partners from four continents and nine countries.

The post holder will contribute to the expansion of the Lab research portfolio and to scientific paper publications, and when necessary to grant applications.

The post has funding for 18 months in the first instance, further funding to support the post may be available.

About UCL Islands Laboratory
UCL Islands Lab explores new concepts and research on disasters risk reduction and resilience, climate change, circular economy, low carbon technologies and markets, business models and policy analysis. UCL Islands Lab expertise lies on dynamic models for energy systems, resource nexus, survey design and innovative data collection techniques, big data handling and visualization, business models, market models, environmental law and policies.

UCL Islands Laboratory is carrying out interdisciplinary research in governance of disasters risk reduction and resilience, resource nexus and allocation, climate change, often in collaboration with industry, governmental and international partners. UCL Islands Laboratory is active in several international research projects funded by the UKRI under the Belmont forum programme and BEIS under the UK-Canada fund scheme.

Key Requirements
Our ideal candidate will have a Postgraduate degree (in law, sustainability and environmental justice, international law and related fields) and a PhD (or be close to completion) in law, sustainability, resource nexus, stakeholders’ techniques and related fields, or commensurate research or experience in law firms or other organisations

Candidates should have experience in more than one of the following: stakeholder engagement, survey design, interviews, metrics, elicitation methods. Experience in policy delphi is desirable.

Further details
Go to the UCL jobs site for the full details of this vacancy, as well as a job description and person specification.

If you have specific questions about the role please contact Dr Catalina Spataru at

Closing date
28 Jul 2020

Interview date
10 August 2020

Additional information
Our department holds an Athena SWAN Silver award, in recognition of our commitment and demonstrable impact in advancing gender equality.

This appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for Research and Support Staff.

To apply and more details please see;

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