Lecturer in Circular Economy and Sustainability Transformations

School of Geosciences, Institute of Geography and the Lived Environment 

Full Time: 35 hours per week 

The School of Geosciences at the University of Edinburgh wishes to appoint a full-time Lecturer in Circular Economy and Sustainability Transformations on an open-ended contract. We are seeking a highly motivated individual with an interdisciplinary approach and skillset who can join our community of geography, environment and sustainability researchers, to undertake teaching and research relating to the Circular Economy and wider field of Sustainability Transformations.  

The successful candidate will have a track record of high-quality research and scholarship and be able to demonstrate the enthusiasm and ability to undertake original cross-disciplinary research. Their research interests might include, but are not limited to, the study of: circular economy practices; conceptualising circular society futures; circular economy, green growth and post-growth approaches; shaping social attitudes for a circular economy; geographies of resource regeneration, restoration and re-use in action; community driven and collective action models of the circular economy; sharing economies. 

We are also looking for an individual who is a committed and enthusiastic teacher, ready to make innovative and high-quality contributions to the MSc degree programme in Circular Economy in partnership with the Edinburgh Futures Institute (EFI). EFI programmes are delivered in an innovative teaching/learning model which includes simultaneous on-campus and online delivery (‘fusion teaching’), in teaching spaces and digital learning environments designed to enable on-site/online sharing of all teaching and learning activity. Postgraduate study at EFI is an opportunity for students and academic staff to develop new ways of thinking and learning, to create new ideas and to help build new futures. See more about post-graduate studies at EFI here: https://efi.ed.ac.uk/  

For the MSc in Circular Economy degree programme, the role will include elements of course design, delivery, assessment and organization, cohort leadership, supervision of dissertations and graduate research projects. Making connections to the wider community of circular economy professionals within business, government, NGOs and think-tanks will also be key to establishing a vibrant and attractive MSc offering.  

Applicants will also have experience and abilities to enable contributions to wider teaching provision within the School of Geosciences’ suite of environmental PGT degree programmes, or the undergraduate MA Geography programme. The role may also encompass other contributions to School citizenship and administration.  

Informal Enquiries  

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Head of Institute of Geography and the Lived Environment, Professor Hayden Lorimer  [email protected]  

Your skills and attributes for success:   

  • A PhD in a relevant area or equivalent professional experience, skills and knowledge in the domain of Circular Economy and Sustainability Transformations. 
  • Ability to deliver high quality research and publications in the field of Circular Economy, extending into broader questions of Sustainability Transformations  
  • Experience teaching in an interdisciplinary programme in a higher education setting and assessing student performance  
  • Knowledge of current teaching and learning methods in higher education  
  • Experience of research and teaching in the area of Circular Economy and Sustainability Transformations  

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