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Associate Professor (AC/4)/Senior Fellow (AC/3) of Behavioural Sciences (Food and Nutrition Security)

Livelihoods & Institutions

Location:  Medway campus
Salary:  £40,322 to £59,135 per annum
Contract Type:  Permanent
Closing Date:  Thursday 16 January 2020
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  E3005

Do you have what it takes to make an impact on global food and nutrition security? We are looking for exceptional candidates to help drive forward our work to improve the lives of poor people. 

The Natural Resources Institute (NRI – of the University of Greenwich carries out specialised research, teaching, training and consultancy with a focus on food, agriculture, environment and sustainable livelihoods.  

NRI is currently expanding its interdisciplinary research excellence to address food and nutrition security, especially in Africa. This expansion is funded by UKRI’s Research England under the ‘Expanding Excellence in England’ scheme. Elements of this new investment include new staff, PhD studentships, infrastructure and partnerships (see Investment will be across four specific areas:

  • Climate Change, Agriculture and Natural Resources

  • Sustainable Agricultural Intensification

  • Food Loss and Waste

  • Food Systems for Improved Nutrition

NRI’s work is globally respected and has won many awards including a recent Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education. The Institute is located at the University’s vibrant Medway Campus in Chatham Maritime, Kent.

NRI is looking to appoint an Associate Professor in Behavioural Sciences.  An appointment may be made at the Senior Fellow (Senior Lecturer) level for a suitably qualified candidate.  The focus on the role will be on high quality research, with a possible contribution to teaching activities of up to 10-15%.There will also likely to be opportunities to supervise postgraduate MPhil/PhD students.

This role will strengthen NRI’s capacity for conducting high quality research and help design effective policies to encourage behavioural change with a view to strengthen women’s status, improve dietary adequacy and nutritional outcomes, galvanise innovation and the uptake of new agricultural technologies, promote sound environmental management and so forth. The ideal candidate will have a PhD in behavioural psychology, behavioural economics, social psychology or a related field and have extensive experience from conducting research examining choice and decision making and their social embeddedness in low-income contexts, ideally with farming communities in rural settings in Africa. Research experience of behaviour change related to nutrition messaging and food and nutrition security is desirable. A strong track record of publication in peer reviewed, international journals will be expected. 

The post holder is expected to have, and maintain strong stakeholder relationships at regional, national and international levels, across his/her research disciplines and a strong record of publication at the highest level.  It is anticipated that work will focus on sub-Saharan Africa.  Previous experience in this region would be an advantage.  International travel is an expectation of this role

For informal enquiries, please contact the Director of NRI (Professor Andrew Westby ( or Head of Department (Professor Vegard Iversen (

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. 



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