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Lecturer in Conservation Social Science

School of Anthropology and Conservation

Location:  Canterbury
Salary:  £34,804 to £39,152 per annum
Grade:  Grade 7 Academic
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Release Date:  Monday 15 March 2021
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Sunday 25 April 2021  (unless otherwise stated)
Interview Date:  Thursday 20 May 2021
Reference:  HSS-025-21

The School of Anthropology and Conservation is seeking to appoint an ambitious and highly motivated Lecturer in Conservation Social Science, with a strong research profile in quantitative social science, to join the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE).

Applications are particularly welcomed from individuals with a strong research focus on quantitative conservation social sciences, with a profile that demonstrates their commitment to applied research that influences policy and/or practice. We are particularly interested in candidates that have a research focus on quantitative social sciences, including environmental economics, ecological economics, resource economics, conservation psychology, decision-science, conservation livelihoods/development, conservation law/governance and conservation criminology, although we will consider applications from other relevant fields based on the merit of the applicant.

The successful individual will also bring a cutting-edge research agenda and publication profile to the REF strategy of the School and the University.

We are looking to appoint a candidate who complements and enhances the core strengths of DICE and the School, and a demonstrable track-record in interdisciplinary research more generally

As Lecturer in Conservation Social Science you will:

  • Carry out internationally excellent, cutting-edge research, independently and collaboratively, at the forefront of conservation science
  • Pursue and secure external research funding through competitive research grant applications. 
  • Actively promote the School’s scholarly activities by significant engagement with the wider academic community, practitioner/policy community, research stakeholders/end users, professional associations and professional networks. 
  • Engage on a continuous and meaningful basis with colleagues in the School to ensure a cohesive and collegial work environment. 

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • PhD (or equivalent) in conservation relating to, environmental economics, ecological economics, psychology, decision-science or a relevant subject 
  • Specialist social science knowledge of, and research experience in, a field relevant to conservation social science. 
  • Experience in research and teaching specific to conservation science 

The School of Anthropology and Conservation is a multinational research community whose research and teaching has real world impact. Our creative lecturers, internationally recognised research, state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and welcoming student spaces create an inspiring learning environment.

The School hosts five research centres unique in the UK (Skeletal Biology Research Centre, Centre for Biocultural Diversity, Kent Interdisciplinary Centre for Spatial Studies, Centre for Ethnographical Research and the Durrell Institute for Conservation and Ecology), together with the Living Primates Research Group. Also associated with anthropology at Kent is the Powell-Cotton Museum, which has the largest collection of primatological material in the UK, and one of the largest ethnographic collections of sub-Saharan African artefacts. Our research staff are active at academic and professional conferences, both nationally and internationally, and publish in leading journals. Their work often attracts global media attention, and a number of our staff and students have received prestigious awards for their research and its contribution to science and real world issues. 

Please see the links below to view the full job description and also to apply for this post. If you require further information regarding the application process please contact The Resourcing Team on quoting ref number: HSS-025-21

If you are invited for an interview, we will request references for you at that stage. 

We particularly welcome applications from female and black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented at this level in this area
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Please note that we prioritise applications from current University of Kent redeployees. We will let you know if this post is to be filled by a redeployee as, in this instance, your application will unfortunately not be taken forward

Applications must be made via the University’s online application system; CVs or details sent directly to the department or via email cannot be considered.

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Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, all interviews will take place remotely. 

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