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Insects are key to the functioning of many UK ecosystems. However, many taxa are under pressure from pressures like climate change, agrochemical use and habitat loss, putting pressure on the ecosystem services they provide to human society. The DRUID (Drivers and Repercussions of UK Insect Declines) project aims to explore the economic and social consequences of pressures on UK insects.

We are looking for a creative, interdisciplinary researcher to join the project team and advance our understanding of the economic and social values of insects within the UK. The successful applicant will lead on work to: 1) Develop economic models of the economic value of ecosystem services provided by UK insects, 2) develop and conduct surveys and interviews in order to establish the social values associated with UK insects and 3) map and model how these values are likely to change under future conditions. Collectively, this work will put the successful candidate at the forefront of interdisciplinary research and provide a dynamic skillset and knowledge base for their career progression. There will also be opportunities for the successful candidate to collaborate with other project partners and participate in impact and outreach activities in order to engage with a wide variety of stakeholders.

The position is jointly funded by the University of Reading and University of Leeds and the successful candidate be employed for 12 months by each university sequentially but will be based at the University of their choice and supported by staff at both institutions for the duration. Experience in insect ecology is desirable but not necessary.

You will have:

  • A PhD in economics, ecological economics, environmental economics, agricultural economics, ecological modelling or similar
  • A strong understanding of environmental and/or ecological economics and economic valuation methods
  • Awareness of survey and interview techniques
  • Some understanding of invertebrate ecology, or ecology more broadly
  • Good personal skills and the capacity to organize workshops and meetings independently
  • A track record of publications in the peer-reviewed literature

Informal contact details
Contact role:Co-Investigator
Contact name:Tom Breeze
Contact phone:0118 378 6026
Contact email:t.d.breeze@reading.ac.uk

Alternative informal contact details
Contact role:
Contact name:Martin Dallimer
Contact phone:0113 3433036
Contact email: m.dallimer@leeds.ac.uk

Interview date: TBC

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. By reference to the applicable SOC code for this role, sponsorship may be possible under the Skilled Worker Route.  Applicants should ensure that they are able to meet the points requirement under the PBS.  There is further information about this on the UK Visas and Immigration Website.

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, supports the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter, and is a Diversity Champion for Stonewall, the leading LGBT+ rights organisation. Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.

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