Research Fellowship in Multi-Dimensional Impacts of, and Responses to Indonesian Peatland Fires

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

ID: 7075344 (Ref.No. ENVEE1443)
Posted: February 22, 2021

Job Description

Are you an ambitious environmental social scientist inspired to work in a multi-disciplinary team to develop solutions to a leading global environmental challenge? Do you have a PhD in human geography, environmental science or a discipline relevant to this project, strong experience of interdisciplinary research and a commitment to solutions-focused work?

This interdisciplinary position offers an exciting opportunity to engage with a broader research group in a large interdisciplinary project focused on understanding the impacts of peatland fires and responses to them. Specifically, this position is focussed on understanding the distributional impacts of peatland fires for local actors in the landscape. Better understanding of the human dimension of peat fires, and their responses, is critical if we are to develop policies and practices can rebuild, regenerate and revitalize human wellbeing in these landscapes while enhancing resilience and mitigating fire risk. The approach will involve expanding impact metrics to improve current knowledge on the impacts of global environmental change on human well-being (subjective, objective and relational) and relational values in peatland frontiers. 

These values are both impacted by landscape change, as well as play a part in driving land use decisions by different actors – therefore understanding them is central to governance responses. Part of the work will also involve a cost benefit analysis of potential interventions to reduce fire. There is great potential to make interdisciplinary links across the project, develop partnerships with Indonesian and UK-based collaborators, and combine desk-based with field-based research to generate an evidence base that can inform policy that is locally relevant. The position will be co-supervised by academics based at University of Leeds and University of East Anglia (UEA) and there will be opportunities (subject to COVID-19 travel restrictions) for extended research visits to UEA.

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

Dr Rory Padfield, Lecturer in Sustainability



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.
Due to funding limitations, it is unlikely an appointment will be made above £33,797 p.a.
Working Time:  100% - We will consider job share / flexible working arrangements
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (until 31 August 2023 (due to external funding))
Release Date:  Friday 19 February 2021
Closing Date:  Thursday 11 March 2021
Reference:  ENVEE1443

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