Postdoctoral Researcher in Water Security and Society

School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford
Grade 7: £31,076 – £38,183 p.a.
Deadline: 10 July 2017

The REACH Programme is a 7-year, £15m programme funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID). This project, led by the University of Oxford, involves a research consortium of global leaders in water science, policy and practice. It aims to improve water security for 5 million poor people in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia by 2022. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of an ambitious research programme and global science-practitioner partnership working to deliver significant benefits for people living in poverty.

Reporting to Dr Rob Hope and Dr Katrina Charles, the postholder will lead applied and theoretical work linking social, legal or political


dimensions of water security and poverty in the REACH programme, including day-to-day supervision for junior research staff and close collaboration with interdisciplinary research staff linking poverty to water security. The postholder will lead research implementation activities in coordination with country partners and present results effectively to global and national science, policy and practice communities. The role will involve significant overseas travel.

The successful candidate must hold a PhD/DPhil (or have recently submitted) with experience in qualitative or quantitative methods in the social sciences such as sociology, geography, anthropology, political sciences, development economics or a related field. A strong publication record and familiarity with the existing literature and research are essential, as is experience in field research in challenging environments, ideally in Africa and/or Asia.

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UK Department for International Development Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

‘Access to water is a defining challenge for the 21st century. The UK has already helped 43 million people to access clean water, but there is far more to be done.’

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