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Research Associate (Fixed Term) - TIGR2ESS project

TIGR2ESS: Transforming India's Green Revolution by Research and Empowerment for Sustainable food Supplies (A Global Challenges Research Fund project).  Based in Geography.

Defining a Second Green Revolution for India

We are looking for a full time Research Associate to work as part of a major new project exploring agricultural transformations and societal needs in India. The work is funded under a Global Challenges Research Fund project TIGR2ESS: Transforming India's Green Revolution by Research and Empowerment for Sustainable food Supplies, which is a multi-institution research collaboration led by the University of Cambridge. The post holder will work under the supervision of Professor Bhaskar Vira in the Department of Geography.

This post will provide support for the Flagship Project: Defining a Second Green Revolution for India. The research will explore the societal choices that will inform the 'second green revolution', and how this will be negotiated in India's contemporary political economy. It will seek to understand how the new agrarian ecosystem will balance the interests of farmers, agricultural labour, the food industry, distribution networks and supply chains, consumers and those involved in providing support services and inputs to this sector. To address these issues, the project will run a series of structured dialogues designed to challenge existing thinking and provide opportunities to articulate alternative visions for the future of Indian agriculture. Activities will include deliberative workshops and facilitated dialogues across the diverse agro-ecological regions of India; in-depth interviews with key stakeholders; rapid field research in a selection of demonstrator case studies; and policy workshops in India and the UK.

We are seeking an individual with research experience in the fields of science policy, political ecology or development, and experience of qualitative social science methods. Knowledge of Indian agriculture and rural development issues is an advantage, as is experience of facilitating stakeholder dialogue with elite experts as well as with grassroots actors, especially women. The post-holder will work closely with colleagues at the Universities of Cambridge and East Anglia in the UK, and with the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation and ICRISAT in India, and also engage with the other Flagship Programmes in the TIGR2ESS project.

  • Salary: £31,604-£38,833
  • Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.
  • Closing date: 13 June 2018
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  • Please quote reference LC15600 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.
  • Informal inquiries: should be directed to Professor Bhaskar Vira by email, bv101@cam.ac.uk.

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