Consultancy: Literature review on the science-policy-practice interface

We are looking for an experienced consultant to conduct a desk-based literature review and develop two discussion papers on the science-policy-practice interface and approaches to transdisciplinary sustainability science.

The successful candidate will conduct a review on the conceptual and theoretical foundations that underpin common critiques of the science policy interface; as well as approaches to transdisciplinary sustainability science that will be used to strengthen the Institute’s delivery and support further professional development.

Key Responsibilities

Conduct a literature review on the critiques and commonly framed responses to the relationships between science, policy and practice. The review will be expansive, covering both the critical social science literature as well as more mainstream conservation sciences concerned with the challenges of integrating science into conservation policy and practice. It will also discuss alternative approaches to collaborative and transdisciplinary research, especially knowledge co-production, and identify examples of success across different sectors (including but not limited to biodiversity conservation, natural resource management, climate adaptation, water governance, sustainability certification and commodity analysis).

The review will become a foundational document to allow the development of two theoretically grounded, but practically-oriented discussion papers that will explore how science can more effectively contribute to achieving conservation outcomes. Throughout this process, the consultant will work with LHI staff to develop processes to support professional development. The successful candidate will work with LHI staff to develop both academic and plain language publications.

Desired Skills and Experience

• Masters Degree or PhD in environmental social sciences (sociology, anthropology, political science, human geography, political or human ecology)
• Strong background in social science theory and practice, particularly sociology of science and science and technology studies
• Minimum of 5 years of practical experience working in conservation and natural resource management and governance, particularly focused on working at the intersection of science, policy and practice
• Experience working internationally.
• Ability and enthusiasm for on-deadline short timeframe tasks

How to apply

Interested applicants should send their CV, accompanied by a letter of motivation to Carina Wyborn, no later than 25 July 2016.

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