Opportunities

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellowships (MSCA-PF): Call for expressions of interest for projects on ecosystem services and nature-based solutions

The ReNature NbS group is looking to host talented researchers who will work as part of our industrial innovation team and are interested to apply for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the framework of the new Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) programme.


Research Topic

Research field: Environment and Geosciences ENV

Keywords: climate change, ecosystem services; green infrastructure; social-environmental justice; nature-based solutions

Nature-based solutions (NbS) provide benefits to biodiversity, support ecosystem service flows to society, and are considered an opportunity for sustainable and resilient urbanisation. There is, therefore, a consensus that NbS can also play a significant role in tackling some of challenges associated with climate change and local drivers, such as rapid urbanisation, which may lead to trade-offs and a decreasing supply of ecosystem services. However, implementing nature-based solutions is inherently complex and requires consideration of a range of environmental and socio-economic conditions that may impact on their effectiveness. As industrial innovation expert, we work with key stakeholders by providing policy support and promoting evidence-based implementation of greening measures and nature-based solutions. Within this context, we would be interested to host MSCA Postdoctoral Fellows who are willing to monitor and assess biodiversity and ecosystem services across a rural-urban gradient, develop opportunities to operationalise ecosystem services concepts by providing novel tools that can be use by planner, policy-makers, businesses and the public, and engage with stakeholders to build-on existing participatory work by developing living lab approaches that encourage cooperation and facilitate adaptive management of cultural ecosystems.

Through our work, we aim to help the young fellow launch a successful career by gaining valuable experience while making influential contacts in the innovation and non-academic sector.

Guidance and support will be provided at application and post-award stage to ensure that you get the best of your time whilst working with us. The fellowships offer research funding but also an opportunity to gain experience abroad in disciplines that will progress your careers.

Opportunities

We are on the look-out for people who would like to work with us to develop the evidence base, collate existing evidence and conduct applied research about nature-based solutions and ecosystem services. We welcome applications from potential Masters and Doctoral students for supervised research.

Please get in touch if you would like to join our research team or to collaborate with us.