Posted on: 30 November, 2018
Application deadline: January 6, 2019

Research Fellow – School of Environment, University of Auckland, New Zealand

The University of Auckland – Research Fellow – School of Environment

Duration: 21 months fixed term, full time equivalent, with option of extending on pro rata basis if part time is preferred

The Opportunity

The Research Fellow will work in collaboration with Dr Tom Baker and Professor Laurence Murphy on a project investigating the potential for green capital to address major socio-environmental challenges. The project has a particular interest in the intersections of green capital with urban processes and politics. Specifically, the project will examine the practices, opportunities and risks associated with Green Bonds through theoretically engaged qualitative-empirical research (involving interviews, participant observation, and document analysis). Green Bonds have grown exponentially in recent years, and many see their potential in the trillions of dollars. Despite these high expectations, green capital markets raise fundamental but unanswered questions about altered infrastructure delivery and cost recovery mechanisms, exposure of publics to undue financial risks, achieving equitable environmental and social co-benefits, and reconfigured public participation in the governance of their environments (natural and engineered).

About the Role

The Research Fellow will have scope to shape the project and will be expected to carry out all activities related to the project, with input from the project leaders. The project’s funders expect several academic publications and short articles for non-academic audiences. The project budget covers data collection costs (including practitioner conference fees) and expenses related to the Research Fellow’s attendance at two academic conferences (one in Oceania and one in the Northern Hemisphere). The role may include a small amount of ad hoc research assistance for the project leaders. Prior knowledge of environmental issues is an asset, but not essential provided the Research Fellow brings transferable theoretical tools and/or familiarity with governance, policy, and/or finance.

Skills and Experience

  • Experience contributing to international theoretical discussions through empirical inquiry
  • Knowledge of critical social scientific literatures/perspectives that could benefit the project (such as, but not limited to, political economy, political ecology, urban theory, social studies of marketisation, science and technology studies)
  • Experience publishing in critical social science journals
  • Ability to write for non-academic publications (such as industry publications and popular media)
  • Strong qualitative research skills
  • Ability to communicate and build rapport with research participants from diverse backgrounds (such as public sector, business, consultancies)
  • Ability to work effectively under minimal supervision
  • PhD submitted by the time the Research Fellowship starts

Benefits

NZ$81,963 per annum, full time equivalent.

The University of Auckland (42,000 students) is New Zealand’s leading university and maintains significant computational, laboratory and analytic facilities. Auckland itself is frequently rated as one of the world’s most liveable cities.

The University is committed to providing an excellent working environment through:

  • Flexible employment practices
  • Career development programmes
  • A competitive salary with five weeks’ annual leave
  • Company superannuation scheme, discounted car parking, a generous parental leave allowance, childcare and a number of other discounts on internal and external services.

 For more information please visit Staff Benefits.

Start date: Start date is negotiable, but the Research Fellow is expected to start in the first half of 2019, or as close as possible thereafter.

Application procedure: Please direct inquiries about the position to Tom Baker via t.baker@auckland.ac.nz.

Applications must be submitted online via the University of Auckland job portal, by the closing date of Sunday 6 January, 11.59pm (NZT) to be considered.

Applications are to include: (1) a cover letter (max. two pages) discussing the applicant’s suitability for the role with reference to each of the ‘skills and experience’ criteria above, (2) an academic CV, and (3) contact details of two referees. Applications will be reviewed shortly after the deadline. Permission will be sought from applicants before their referees are contacted. Skype interviews may be conducted. All applicants will be notified of the outcome as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, there is limited scope to cover relocation costs.