Research Associate in Circular Economy, Digitalisation, and Net-Zero Transitions

University of Oxford


The Environmental Change Institute (ECI) is seeking to appoint a highly motivated Research Associate to investigate the potential contribution of digitalisation to circular economy practices in the transition towards net-zero emissions. The successful applicant will be part of the Oxford team led by Professor Charlie Wilson working on the Horizon Europe funded CircEUlar project which seeks to analyse, understand, co-design, and quantitatively model circular economy and net-zero pathways.

The postholder will be expected to manage their own academic and administrative activities to co-ordinate multiple aspects of work to meet deadlines. You will design and implement new empirical research on digitalisation as an enabler of circular economy practices, with an emphasis on the energy and materials-intensive buildings and transport sectors. You will research digital provenance systems for tracking material use from extraction to final product. You will also research the opportunities being created by digitalisation for firms to use energy and materials more efficiently in their production practices, advancing the aims of the circular economy. As part of your role, you will prepare papers  and prepare briefing notes for policymakers, write blogs and social media posts, and contribute to the impact of the research in the public policy sphere.

You will hold, or be close to completion of, a PhD (or DPhil) in economics, business studies, geography, design, engineering, environmental studies, innovation and technological change, or other relevant applied social or technical scientific disciplines. You will be familiar with circular economy and net-zero topics. You will be comfortable working with both qualitative and quantitative data, with a good foundation in quantitative analytical techniques. You will have demonstrated the capacity to research and publish on relevant topics, build research collaborations, and present research findings. You will have excellent written and spoken English, good IT skills, good team working skills, and a demonstrated ability to understand and analyse data.

Applications are particularly welcome and encouraged from women, black, and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in posts in the School of Geography and the Environment (SoGE). SoGE and ECI are committed to equality and value diversity.

This is a full-time, fixed-term post for 18 months starting in September 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. Part-time working arrangements can also be discussed.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement as part of your online application.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon (UK time) on 17 June 2022, and interviews are likely to be held at the end of June or early July.

 Informal enquiries about the post can be directed towards Prof Charlie Wilson ([email protected]).

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