Rights Lab Research Associate/Fellow in Human and Environment Interactions (fixed term)

Closing Date
Sunday, 13th February 2022
Job Type
Agriculture, Food, and Veterinary; Physical and Environmental Science; Social Sciences and Social Care.
£27924 to £40927 per annum, (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £31406 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

This role is part of the University’s Rights Lab Beacon of Excellence, which is delivering world-leading research to help end modern slavery. Working as part of a multidisciplinary team, the role-holder will deliver research, stakeholder engagement, and impact within the Rights Lab’s Ecosystems and the Environment programme, which seeks to answer the question: how is environmental change interconnected with modern slavery?

You will work in a team led by Dr Jess Sparks to conduct quantitative, international research and engagement focused on understanding the environmental degradation-climate change-modern slavery nexus across landscapes, sectors, and geographies. Current areas of focus in this research programme include the links between overfishing and forced labour on fishing vessels; social and environmental trade-offs in transitions to sustainable food systems; and the relationship between deforestation and modern slavery. Specifically, your work will focus on integrating and modelling modern slavery data obtained through primary survey research with secondary environmental data to understand interactions.

The research work is international in scope, and covers a wide range of approaches, forms of exploitation, and contexts. Applications are therefore welcome from researchers who wish to bring their particular perspective or method to the programme. The role-holder will have the opportunity to shape a new research agenda based on their interests and expertise, and be supported to use their initiative and creativity to identify new project areas. The role-holder will be supported to develop their own funding proposals and fellowships for future research.

We welcome applications from recent PhD graduates or applicants who are close to completion, as well as from applicants with postdoctoral experience. 

This is a full-time role, available as a fixed-term, 12-month post with the potential for continuation (start date negotiable). However, we will also consider applications from candidates who wish to work part-time, and job-share arrangements may be considered. 

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Jessica Sparks email Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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