Research Associate - Biodiversity and Ethnobiology
University of Kent - School of Anthropology and Conservation (SAC)
SAC is the lead partner in a NERC grant, 'Human Adaptation to Biodiversity Change: Building and Testing Concepts, Methods, and Tools for Understanding and Supporting Autonomous Adaptation', together with partners at the School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford University and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Rhodes University, South Africa, and the University of Agriculture, Bangalore, are project partners.
The project aims to kick start the development of appropriate conceptual frameworks, methods, and integrated models for understanding autonomous human adaptation to change in biodiversity and related ecosystem services, for eventual use to predict outcomes for biodiversity, ecosystem services, and human well-being in highly biodiversity dependent societies. The project will also provide evidence for the utility of these outputs to a new network of researchers and policy makers.
A part time (0.6) fixed term research associate is required until 31 December 2011, although for exceptional candidates the post may be offered on a flexible-time basis ranging up to 9 months full time. The Research Associate should have experience in ethnobiology, ethnoscience, or local knowledge systems; experience with ethnographic research and participant observation; and knowledge of livelihoods analysis. He/she will contribute to the day-to-day efforts of the research, provide continuity of results, support communications between project researchers and conduct field research in the Western Ghats, India.
For further information and to apply on-line please visit the University of Kent's website at http://www.kent.ac.uk/jobs/, and search for vacancy reference SS0361.