Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Environmental Economics (E&R)

University of Exeter


Faculty of Environment, Science & Economy

The above full-time permanent post is available immediately in the Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy, working in the Centre for Resilience in Environment, Water and Waste (CREWW) and the Institute of Land, Environment, Economics and Policy (LEEP).

Summary of the role

CREWW is an exciting new venture at the University of Exeter, directed by Prof Richard Brazier and  funded by a grant from Research England and investment by South West Water and the University of Exeter. CREWW has been established to undertake research into some of the most pressing environmental challenges of our time – namely how we can manage our precious natural resources in ways which are sustainable and resilient under the pressures of habitat degradation, climate change and population growth.

CREWW research focuses on pressing issues facing environmental resilience and the water and waste sectors, including:

  • How to manage people and land to deliver environmental resilience
  • Understanding how landscapes and people respond to flooding and drought, to improve future resilience
  • How to understand and motivate people to be agents of positive environmental change
  • How to protect drinking and bathing waters from pollution
  • Ensuring we have enough water to cope with a growing population and climate change
  • Protecting the water supply network
  • Predicting and preventing pollution from the waste and water networks

CREWW research is undertaken by academics who work with partners in industry, government and NGOs, to develop a shared understanding of the issues and practical solutions which will benefit the environment, society and economy.

This CREWW post will be a joint appointment with the Land, Environment, Economics and Policy (LEEP) Institute. The LEEP Institute within the Department of Economics, University of Exeter Business School is an internationally acclaimed, highly interdisciplinary research institute using economic methods to address the major environmental, economic and wellbeing challenges facing humanity.

The candidate will:

  • Fulfil research, teaching and administration duties as a lecturer/senior lecturer in environmental economics specialising in the application of a natural capital approach, within CREWW and LEEP. With regard to teaching, specifically, to contribute teaching and student support in both Geography and the Business School, within the Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy across our UG, PGT and PGR learning communities. Content would relate to issues that are currently relevant to the water industry, environmental resilience and natural capital.
  • Contribute to extending the research profile of Geography, collaborating with both human and physical Geography colleagues, as well as the Business School, to deepen the understanding of environmental economics across these disciplines. Particularly in areas related or complementary to the Centre for Resilience in Environment, Water and Waste (CREWW).
  • To contribute to the general operation of the Faculty as a member of its academic team.

For a Lecturer post you will have:

  • A PhD or equivalent in Geography or Economics and have an independent, internationally-recognised research programme in a relevant active field of research
  • A strong record in attracting funding for research, or demonstrate potential to attract such funding
  • An active approach to inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary research
  • Enthusiasm for delivering high quality undergraduate programmes
  • Strong connections and funded projects with business and community partners
  • Involvement in projects which develop impact.

For Senior Lecturer, in addition to the above, you will have:

  • A strong potential for research leadership
  • A track record in refereed publications and success in significant grant capture
  • Relationships with external organisations and funders/ and knowledge and experience of key sectors or business challenges

Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role by clicking on the attachment.

What we can offer you

  • Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research;
  • Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development
  • Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career
  • A multitude of staff benefits including sector leading benefits around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), Paternity leave (up to 6 weeks full pay), and a Fertility Treatment Policy
  • A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Devon

The University of Exeter

We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Polijobs World University Rankings 2023 and the 2022 Academic Ranking of World Universities released by Shanghai Rankings).  

Our research income in recent years means we’re the fastest growing UK Research University with some of the world’s most influential scientists, and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today. More than 99% of our research is of international quality and our world-leading research impact is growing faster than any other Russell Group university (2021 Research Excellence Framework). We are using the power of our education and research to create a sustainable, healthy and socially just future.  Our shared purpose and vision continually moves us forward to make a difference to our people, our communities, our partners and the world around us.  Read about our world leading research on Green Futures and how we are transforming education for a changing world. We are located in a beautiful part of the country and Exeter (a fast growing tech hub) is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO City of Literature

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community. Reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.

With over 30,000 students and 7,000 staff from 150 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and valued as a major strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive; where diverse voices are heard through our engagement with evidence-based charter frameworks for gender (Athena SWAN and Project Juno for Physics), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability Confident employer.

Informal Enquiries

Before submitting an application, you may wish to discuss the post further by contacting Professor Nicola Thomas [email protected] , Professor Richard Brazier, r.e.braz[email protected] or Professor Brett Day [email protected]

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