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New Fellowship: Modelling the supply chain-driven biodiversity threats for sustainable consumption

We seek a new Luc Hoffmann Institute Fellow to advance work on modelling the supply chain-driven biodiversity threats for sustainable consumption

The Stockholm Environment Institute’s York Centre (SEI York) and the Luc Hoffmann Institute are looking for a skilled and highly motivated PhD graduate, with experience in the biodiversity and sustainability challenges associated with the production of internationally traded farming commodities. The successful candidate will be enrolled on the Luc Hoffmann Institute’s Fellow’s Programme, and work within SEI York in close collaboration with SEI centres and the World Wildlife Fund UK.

About the project

The Modelling supply chain-driven biodiversity threats for sustainable consumption policies project aims to provide an improved understanding of the role of international trade as a driver of biodiversity loss, and help to identify key leverage points for delivering fairer and more effective systems of accountability. It focuses on quantitative approaches to link the mechanisms affecting biodiversity loss to the international economies and patterns of production and supply chain.

Position overview

  • Two (2) year Fellowship
  • Case studies focusing on WWF Priority Landscapes in South America and South East Asia
  • Additional mentoring and career development through Luc Hoffmann Institute and WWF-UK
  • Based at the Stockholm Environment Institute’s York Centre (SEI York), UK.
  • Non-OECD country applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

The successful applicant will take a leading role in developing new methods linking geo-spatial biodiversity and habitat datasets with ‘producer to consumer’ model outputs. S/he will also conduct focussed case studies of specific supply-chains related to major land-based commodities and the associated risks. Particular emphasis will be placed on WWF Priority Landscapes, including the Amazon and Cerrado in South America, and the rainforests of South East Asia. Outputs from this research will also inform WWF’s flagship ‘Living Planet’ report.

For this role, you will require a PhD in Environmental Science, Environmental Economics, Conservation or an associated subject (or equivalent experience), as well as knowledge and experience of GIS techniques and the use of geo-spatial data. The involvement of several international institutions in this research means that you should have highly developed communication skills and should be willing to travel within and outside the UK to conduct your research.

Application

Application deadline is 08 Jan 2016.

Please click HERE to apply.

Main image: © James Morgan / WWF-International

Luc Hoffmann InstituteNew Fellowship: Modelling the supply chain-driven biodiversity threats for sustainable consumption