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Research Fellow

Social Statistics & Demography

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £30,942 to £33,797 Pro rata per annum
Part Time (0.77 FTE) Fixed Term (3 Years)
Closing Date:  Friday 29 November 2019
Interview Date:   Wednesday 11 December 2019
Reference:  1193919CC

We are seeking an outstanding candidate to undertake research as part of the UKRI GCRF Trade, Development and Environment Hub on social impacts of trade. The focus of this post is to use a multidisciplinary and multi scale analysis to integrate social science research with geographical and environmental approaches to understand socioeconomic impacts of trade under the supervision of Trade Hub co-Investigators Professor Zoe Matthews and Dr Marije Schaafsma.

Be a part of the University of Southampton, an institution in the top 1% of world Universities and one of the UK’s top 15 research –intensive universities.  We have an international reputation for research, teaching and enterprise activities.

You will be based in the Faculty of Social Sciences and work in conjunction with the School of Geography and Environmental Science as well as collaborate with key scientists from a range of Hub partners and the Hub central team at the UN Environment ProgrammeWorld Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC Cambridge). The project brings together a unique range of disciplines and are committed to making trade sustainable for people and the planet.

The UKRI GCRF Trade, Development and Environment Hub, funded until 2024, is the first research hub of its kind, bringing together over 50 organisations from 15 different countries. The hub is investigating the trends and impacts of trade in wildlife, wild meat and agricultural goods and their trade will be traced across the world from their origins in Brazil, Cameroon, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Indonesia, Republic of Congo, and Tanzania. For more information see -impacts/

This post holder will focus on the social impacts of trade including creating measurements for wellbeing, tracking wellbeing and mapping impacts on wellbeing. This may involve assisting in the collection of primary data, or using existing household survey and census data, quantify and map current distributions of poverty and specific environmental vulnerabilities as well as tracking trends over time.

You will be responsible for analysing socio-economic data to investigate the correlations and links between environmental/land use/ecosystems factors and poverty. You will have a PhD* (or close to completion) in a relevant quantitative social science field. You will also have data analysis skills. Experience of working in low income countries would be advantageous and the post will require international travel.

* Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Marije Schaafsma ( and Prof. Zoe Matthews (

Additional information about Social Sciences, School of Geography and Environmental Science, and our research groups is available on our web pages at

Application procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Charlene Tyson (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 6803. Please quote reference 1193919CC on all correspondence.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

Further details:

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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