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Post-Doctoral Research Assistant (Economics of Water)

The Global Commission on the Economics of Water, co-chaired by Professor Mariana Mazzucato, will develop a ground-breaking new approach to water economics, innovation, and governance. It represents the third in a trilogy of high-impact, global, and independent environmental reviews: the Stern Review rewrote the Economics of Climate Change; the Dasgupta Review rewrote the Economics of Biodiversity; and the Global Commission will rewrite the Economics of Water. The report will become the official document of the UN 2023 Water Conference, the first in 50 years, and aims to reshape the global multilateral governance structure around local, regional, national, and international water challenges.

The Post-Doctoral Research Assistant will be an integral part of supporting Professor Mazzucato's leadership of the Commission along with her three co-chairs: Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Senior Minister in the Singapore Government, and Johan Rockstrom, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. Coordinated by the Organisation of Economic Development and Coordination (OECD), the Commission is supported by a host of internationally recognised commissioners, including Yvonne Aki-Sawyer, Mayor of Freetown, and Alicia Barcena, Former Executive Secretary of ECLAC. Three world-leading water scholars lead the Commission’s research: Quentin Grafton, UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance, Joyeeta Gupta, co-chair of the Earth Commission of the Global Commons Alliance, and Aromar Revi, Lead Author of the 2018 IPPCC Specia l Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C.

The role 
The Post-Doctoral Research Assistant will focus primarily on using economics to better understand water governance for the common good, supporting Professor Mazzucato’s engagement with the Commission's meetings and outputs to ensure that an IIPP lens is applied across the Commission’s work. The ideal candidate will be a recent or impending PhD graduate in economics or a related field (e.g. development policy). The researcher should have a strong background or experience in studying public finance, energy transitions, development economics or industrial strategy in the Global South. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a strong research profile, and have effective communication skills (both oral and written), team-working skills, self-direction and the capacity for doing independent work.

As well as the exciting opportunities this role presents, we also offer some great benefits, including:
• 41 Days holiday (27 days annual leave 8 bank holiday and 6 closure days)
• Additional 5 days’ annual leave purchase scheme
• Defined benefit career average revalued earnings pension scheme (CARE)
• Cycle to work scheme and season ticket loan
• Immigration loan
• Relocation scheme for certain posts
• On-Site nursery (London Bloomsbury campus)
• On-site gym (London Bloomsbury campus)
• Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption pay
• Employee assistance programme
• Discounted medical insurance

Visit https://www.ucl.ac.uk/work-at-ucl/reward-and-benefits to find out more.

Our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion 
As London’s Global University, we know diversity fosters creativity and innovation, and we want our community to represent the diversity of the world’s talent. We are committed to equality of opportunity, to being fair and inclusive, and to being a place where we all belong. We therefore particularly encourage applications from candidates who are likely to be underrepresented in UCL’s workforce. These include people from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds; disabled people; LGBTQI+ people; and for our Grade 9 and 10 roles, women.

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