Research Fellow in Environmental Economics

University of Leeds School of Earth and Environment

United Kingdom

Research Fellow in Environmental Economics

Do you want to join one of the leading international teams studying climate change and biodiversity in river networks? Do you want to become the central point of contact for the economic valuation of ecosystem services in this interdisciplinary team? Would you like to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive universities?

From October 2020, Prof. Julia Martin-Ortega, Dr. Thijs Dekker and Dr. Martin Dallimer will lead the analysis of the socio-economic strand of the Horizon 2020 , which together with 25 European and international partners, will provide critical information for the design and implementation of innovative nature-based solutions to mitigate and adapt to climate change impacts on drying river networks.

The aim of the DRYvER (Securing biodiversity, functional integrity and ecosystem services in DRYing riVER networks) is to collect, analyse and model data from nine case studies in Europe and South America to create a novel, global meta-system approach that incorporates hydrology, socio-economics, ecology and biogeochemistry. Central to that process is the economic valuation of ecosystem services provided by such critical ecosystems and for which we are looking for a research fellow with experience in multiple valuation techniques to join our team.

The work will involve, in principle, international travel to several of the following countries: France, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, Finland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria and Brazil, in order to carry out fieldwork for the implementation of environmental valuation (with the support of local partners), as well as attend project meetings.

In all events, overseas stays are likely to last for less than 10 days. The frequency of international travel will depend on the development of the research process, but could include up to 2 visits per case study (to a maximum of 6 case studies) over the duration of the project, and one to two project meetings per year.

International travel is not planned for the first year of the project and, in any case, it will be adapted to the evolution of the COVID pandemic. Alternative delivery of research plans have been put in place in case the pandemic prevents international travel for the whole or most of the duration of the project so that the research for this post can still be delivered (e.g. video-conference project meetings, online stated preferences techniques implementation).

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

, University of Leeds project Principal Investigator


Location: Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service: Faculty of Environment
School/Institute: School of Earth and Environment
Category: Research
Grade: Grade 7
Salary: £33,797 to £40,322 p.a. pro rata
due to funding limitations an appointment will not be made above £36,914 p.a. pro rata.
Working Time: 80% of full time equivalent - We will consider job share / flexible working arrangements
Post Type: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term (until 31 August 2024 due to external funding. Post to start no earlier than 1 January 2021)
Release Date: Thursday 15 October 2020
Closing Date: Saturday 14 November 2020
Reference: ENVEE1425

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