Research Fellow or Senior Research Fellow in Energy/Ecological Economics

You will join the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC), a £17m investment by the Research Council’s UK Energy Programme in interdisciplinary energy research spanning 15 universities. UKERC is the UK’s flagship centre undertaking whole systems energy research, with a strong history of policy impact with the UK Government. It also acts as the gateway between the UK and the international energy research communities.

The University of Leeds forms one of the core partners for the third five year phase of the Centre, and heads one of the four themes. The theme is entitled “Energy, Economy and Society” and is led by Professor John Barrett. It focuses on interactions between the UK energy system and the UK economy and examines the potential implications for policies, markets and prices and affordability. The theme addresses fundamental questions relevant to energy policy in the UK, such as our ability to achieve a low carbon society in a growing economy where past trends show no absolute decoupling between energy demand and growth. To make informed decisions on energy and climate policy, a detailed understanding of the relationship between energy, the economy, business and innovation and society as a whole is required. Without this understanding, policy could be developed in a vacuum with a poor appreciation of the underlying drivers of energy demand, the relationship between innovation and finance, and the distributional effects of energy policy on society.

You will be joining the research team of Professor John Barrett and Professor Peter Taylor who both have a long history in applied and policy relevant research in the field of sustainable consumption and production modelling and climate policy.

You will have a PhD (or be close to obtaining a PhD for appointment at Grade 7) or have equivalent experience in a relevant discipline; e.g. Sustainable consumption and production, input-output modelling, energy economics, ecological economics, econometrics. Please see the person specification criteria for full details.

Location:  Leeds – Main Campus

Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Environment

School/Institute:  School of Earth and Environment

Category:  Research

Grade:  Grade 7 to Grade 8

Salary:  £31,342 to £45,954 per annum

Due to funding restrictions it is unlikely that an appointment will be made above Grade 8 salary spine point 38 (£39,685).

Contract Type:  Fixed Term (36 months)

Closing Date:  Thursday 14 May 2015

Reference:  ENVEE1043

Full time, fixed term for 36 months available from 1 July 2015

Job sharing arrangements can be considered

Informal enquiries to Professor John Barrett, Tel: +44 (0)113 343 2394, email

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