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Job: Researcher in Food System Health, Environmental and Enterprise Metrics, University of Oxford, UK


Advertiser's description (via the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford)

A key challenge for the UK food system is how to move towards healthier diets with lower environmental impact while also enhancing local and national enterprise, including farmer incomes. BeanMeals will address this challenge by researching how to pursue systemic innovation in the food system to transform institutional catering and home-cooking by using healthier ingredients, and also change public procurement practices towards using more-local products.

You will apply knowledge and experience of qualitative and quantitative research methods, systems thinking and an understanding of the processes for food system transformation. A particular emphasis will be on agreeing metrics to estimate the health, environmental and enterprise impacts of scaling the use of UK-produced beans and for use in trade-off analyses. This will involve working closely with Researchers at collaborating universities as well as our local government, industry and NGO partners.  The role provides an opportunity to help shape the delivery of the whole project and actively engage with stakeholders in Leicestershire and the UK. You will carry out collaborative activities and workshops, contribute to ideas for new research projects and input in the preparation of research publications.

The successful candidate will hold, or be close to completion of, a PhD/DPhil relevant to food systems analysis. You will demonstrate experience in analysing interactions between health, environmental and economic variables and have relevant experience in qualitative and quantitative systems methods and approaches for trade-off analyses. Experience of participatory research processes and designing workshops is essential. Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write for publication, present research results, and represent the research group at meetings is a must. The post holder will need to be proactive, working both independently and as part of a team, whilst managing and prioritising a busy workload.  

Applications are particularly welcome and encouraged from women, black, and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in posts in SoGE. SoGE and ECI are committed to equality and value diversity.

This is a full-time post offered until 31 May 2024.


Read more here. Applications are accepted until 15 August 2022.