Assistant Professorial Research Fellow (ForestLAB Conservation Finance)

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Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment


Assistant Professorial Research Fellow (Conservation Finance)


The salary scale starts at £55,974 per annum (pay award pending) and the salary scale can be found on the LSE website. 


This is a fixed term appointment for 3 years (to June 2024)


The ForestLAB is a newly launched joint programme between the African Conservation Development Group and the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at LSE. The aim of the ForestLAB is to study and create a world class model of natural ecosystems management, which is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.


The Conservation Finance strand will advance the research on investment mechanisms that promote conservation and protection of forests and biodiversity. At the same time, the postholder will be required to study how ecosystems can help societies to address a variety of environmental and economic challenges in a sustainable way. The successful candidate will explore the use of processed geospatial information (e.g. time series of national land cover classifications) from the public and partner private sector companies to inform the development of sustainability and financial products. This work should be then applied to the design of conservation finance products. The post holder will be leading on the Conservation Finance research and co-ordinate the work of others in the ForestLAB team.


Candidates will have a PhD, or soon to be completed PhD, in a relevant subject including Economics; Data Science; Economic Geography by the post start date. In addition, candidates should have expertise in one of more of the following areas: spatial analysis techniques, analysis of spatial socio-economic data; geographical information systems (GIS), geographical data science. Proven ability, as evidenced by existing publications or potential to publish in top journals in the relevant field is expected, with a clear, well developed and viable strategy for future outstanding research that has the potential to result in world-leading publications.


The other criteria that will be used when shortlisting for this post can be found on the person specification, which is attached to this vacancy on the LSE’s online recruitment system.


In addition to a competitive salary the benefits that come with this job include an occupational pension scheme, a collegial faculty environment and excellent support, training and development opportunities.


For further information about the post, please see the how to apply document, job description and the person specification.


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The closing date for receipt of applications is 9 June 2021 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.



Assistant Professorial Research Fellow (ForestLAB Conservation Finance)