Postdoctoral Fellow on Comparative Analysis of Social-Ecological System Resilience

The Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC), Sweden, seeks an outstanding interdisciplinary researcher to lead comparative analysis of resilience in social-ecological systems. 

An explosion of interest in resilience has lead to a profession of attempts to measure resilience, however there is relatively little comparative research that evaluates what social-ecological features of particular places actually promote resilience and transformation.

SRC researchers have developed a resilience analysis framework to assess behavioural responses that build resilience. This framework operationalizes and updates theoretical work on resilience to define a set of traits that can be assessed across social-ecological case studies.  This framework has been used to develop a case study template and practical methods to code these traits based upon information from published papers, reports, and expert information from case study researchers, and then analyses and compare these cases using Qualitative Case Analysis (QCA) to examine which traits explained resilience or loss of resilience.

Main responsibilities
The postdoc will develop and analyze the database of social-ecological reilience case studies.

Specific tasks:

  • Generalizing the existing approach to work in a diverse set of social-ecological contexts, with a particular focus on developing world and development.
  • Revise and extend the social-ecological case framework to better capture difficult to identify social-ecological connections and incorporate new research on transformation.
  • Applying this revised framework to code a set of cases.  These cases will include previously coded ones as well as new cases focussed in developing locations in which social-ecological research has been conducted.
  • Conduct comparative analysis of how social-ecological traits enable resilience & transformation in different contexts.
  • Using the results of this work to developing a simplified monitoring and assessment framework based on this research that could be applied by practitioners with limited knowledge & time.
  • Link this research to other SRC research and synthesis, particularly under the GRAID programme.

You will be part of GRAID team and work closely with other staff at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. The work includes some travel to partner events of relevance to the position and its deliverables. Approximately 80% of your time would be spent on the case study analysis and 20% on integrating their research with the broader GRAID research effort.

Qualification requirements
Researchers are appointed primarily for purposes of research and must hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country.

Assessment criteria
The degree should have been completed no more than three years before the deadline for applications. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances, which may involve sick leave, parental leave, clinical attachment, elected positions in trade unions, or similar.

In the appointment process, special attention will be given to:

  • knowledge of social-ecological resilience literature
  • experience and awareness of international development issues
  • experience conducting comparative case analysis
  • experience with QCA or similar analytical methods
  • excellent team-work and interpersonal skills

Application deadline: 12th of August 2016

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