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Lectureship in Environment, Economy and Innovation (Fixed Term)

The Department of Geography invites applications for a two-year, fixed-term Lectureship, focusing on Environment, Economy and Innovation. The primary responsibilities of this post are to deliver teaching and support to the Department-hosted MPhil in Conservation Leadership, and to the Geographical Tripos; and to pursue research in cognate areas within the Natures, Cultures, Knowledges research theme (

This post is partly associated with the Department-hosted MPhil in Conservation Leadership (, and will be responsible for designing, delivering and supporting a module on 'Innovation for Conservation Leadership'. This module aims to provide future conservation leaders and professionals with skills to manage, innovate and be entrepreneurial. It includes a group consultancy project, which is co-designed and executed with organisations linked to the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, CCI ( The post-holder will be expected to take the lead in the teaching associated with this module, and to work with colleagues in CCI organisations to design, supervise and assess the group consultancy project. There is also an expectation that the post-holder will contribute to assessment, admissions and other teaching duties for the MPhil in Conservation Leadership.

In the Geographical Tripos (the undergraduate degree;, the post-holder will be expected to focus teaching on the interface between environment and the economy, with a particular emphasis on issues related to the values (and valuation) of nature, natural capital, ecosystem services and institutions and governance of human-nature relationships (including in the business and non-profit sectors). This teaching will contribute to the first year human geography paper, such as the section on Society, Environment and Sustainable Development, and to related papers in the second and third years, addressing issues at the interface of science, risk, policy and political ecology. The post-holder will also be expected to contribute to the Department's programme of teaching in geographical skills and methods, and contribute (if appropriate) to the Department's field trips. The candidate will be expected to play a role in the Department's teaching support and administration, including examinations, and in the delivery of teaching excellence across all areas of the Department.

Applicants are expected to have a completed PhD at the time of application, with research interests in the political economy and political ecology of conservation and sustainable development, including the management and governance of ecosystems and the roles of businesses, third sector organisations and civil society in the context of environmental change and the challenges of biodiversity conservation.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please provide a curriculum vitae (with information on research interests, publications, research funding obtained, and relevant teaching and other experience) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. In the covering letter, applicants are encouraged to explain how they see their research and teaching interests contributing to the Department's existing activities. Full contact details of two referees are required. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Interviews for shortlisted candidates are expected to take place in Cambridge on 22 June 2017.

Please quote reference LC11994 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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