The Equity and Justice (EQU) Research Group within the IIASA Population and Just Societies (POPJUS) Program is looking to recruit a highly motivated research scholar to explore the ethical and governance challenges for enacting just transformational pathways to mitigate or halt biodiversity loss amid the climate crises.
The EQU Group focuses on the human dimension of selected globally relevant policy challenges, with the aim of delineating and advancing their analysis, management, and governance with special attention paid to the design and application of frameworks for identifying and assessing crucial underlying ethical questions. One key activity of the EQU group is investigating justice, finance and governance for the transitions required for implementing nature-based solutions. These solutions contribute to both climate mitigation and adaptation while helping to halt biodiversity loss within the European Union (building on the EU Green Deal and specifically the Biodiversity Strategy) and across the world. This entails identifying societal, policy and institutional enablers and barriers involving, for instance, ethical evaluation and empirical case studies, interviews, and discourse analyses. The candidate selected for this role will participate in fostering EQU research in these and related topics, and will join the Horizon Europe funded project, RAINFOREST.
The work will be carried out under the supervision of Dr. Thomas Schinko and in close collaboration with the IIASA Integrated Biosphere Futures (IBF) Research Group within the IIASA Biodiversity and Natural Resources (BNR) Program. The successful candidate will be comfortable working in inter- and transdisciplinary environments and be enthusiastic about interacting with stakeholders from all parts of society, including researchers working on global modeling, biodiversity, and agronomy to explore how science can better support policy and decision making.
Based on the methodological developments and scientific insights generated within the RAINFOREST project, the successful candidate will take on a leading role in further developing EQU research activities on governance and justice aspects at the climate-biodiversity nexus, including conceptualizing a biodiversity justice framework and applying for follow-up research grants.
main tasks and responsibilities
Philosophy and ethics of conservation biology and biodiversity loss, current governance approaches to reduce biodiversity loss, applied ecology, food systems, environmental economics, and conservation research.
Qualitative social-empirical methods and case study analysis, particularly interview design and systematic analysis using QDA tools (e.g., Nvivo).
Models applied to the food/biomass and biodiversity nexus, coupled with knowledge of climate change mitigation (desirable).
The selected candidate should be available to take up the position in the first quarter of 2024 . We offer an initial fixed-term, full-time (40 hours per week) employment contract for one year with the possibility for extension thereafter. Eligible applicants wishing to work part-time hours will also be considered.
Duties will be carried out at the IIASA premises in Laxenburg, near Vienna in Austria.
The successful candidate will be hired as Research Scholar (R2) according to the criteria described in the IIASA profiles for research careers.
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IIASA is committed to a working environment that promotes equality, diversity, tolerance and inclusion within its workforce. This is reflected in our IIASA core values. We encourage qualified candidates from all religious, ethnic, and social backgrounds to apply. In the case that candidates are equally qualified, preference will be given to applicants from countries where IIASA has a Member Organization.
To apply for this opportunity, you will need to provide the following documents in English: