Post Doctoral Research Associate in Fire Governance (Closing date 16 March 2024)

Post Doctoral Research Associate in Fire Governance (Closing date 16 March 2024)

Department of Geography

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Location:  Egham
Salary:  £41,481 per annum – including London Allowance
Fixed Term
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours GMT on Saturday 16 March 2024

Full Time, Fixed Term

Applications are invited for the post of Post Doctoral Research Associate in Fire Governance within the Leverhulme Centre for Wildfires, Environment and Society (

The Centre was established in 2019 and is comprised of social and natural scientists from Imperial College, King’s College London, Royal Holloway and University of Reading, working together to create a new, integrative science of wildfire. The aim of the Centre is: to understand what factors govern wildfire regimes, including the sources, frequency, intensity, timing, and spatial pattern of fire; develop ways of predicting fire risks that include new biophysical understanding and account more reflexively for human-environment dynamics; quantify the impacts of fire on natural processes and human systems, including assessing their economic consequences and wider cultural meanings; and develop ideas for living with fire. The post holder will therefore join a vibrant interdisciplinary research community with a joint vision of producing evidence-based understanding of the human-fire nexus that can help inform policy and practice.

This post will contribute to the analysis of fire governance in the wider context of the governance of land and resources. It will look at multi-level governance and whether and how fire is represented in international agreements and national laws, and how these constrain and/or enable local level fire governance. Using an equity approach, the postholder will evaluate the differing agendas and motivations in fire management, the importance and challenge of partnerships, and how different actors perceive just outcomes and processes in different forms of fire management. The research may involve secondary data collation as well as empirical research through social science methods including ethnographic assessments, participatory workshops, observational studies and quantitative data collection. The post may include periods of international fieldwork, and the applicant must be willing and able to travel and work in Global South settings.

This is a full-time post for 2.75 years, immediately available from the 1st April 2024, or as soon as possible thereafter. The successful applicant will join one of the UK’s strongest Geography Departments, ranked 5th in the UK in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework and consistently ranked highly in the National Student Survey. The successful applicant will be a member of the world-leading Geopolitics, Development, Security and Justice (GDSJ) Research Group. The GDSJ group works on issues of mobility, security, governance, justice and rights across political, development, environmental and social geography, both in and across the Global North and Global South.

This post is based in Egham Surrey where the University is situated in a beautiful, leafy campus near to Windsor Great Park and within commuting distance from London. The successful candidate will also spend periods working with fellow researchers at the Leverhulme Centre’s hubs in Central London.

Informal enquiries can be made to Professor Jay Mistry at:

The Human Resources Department can be contacted with queries by email at:

Financial support can be provided for visas for international applicants.

Please quote the reference: 0224-054

Closing Date:   23:59, 16 March 2024

Interview Date: To Be Confirmed

Further details:   Job Description & Person Specification

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The university has adopted hybrid working for some roles therefore some remote working may be possible for this role.

Royal Holloway is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI), and encourages applications from all people regardless of age, disability, gender, marital status, parental status, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or trans status or history. More information on our structures and initiatives around EDI, including information on staff diversity networks, can be found on our Equality and Diversity Intranet page.