Research post available (the contribution of natural and cultural heritage to population health)

CRESH has a new short term research post available , based in Glasgow

The purpose of the post is to undertake research and development for a project assessing and valuing the contribution of natural and cultural heritage to population health, wellbeing and happiness in Scotland. The project aims to explore whether an influence of Scotland’s cultural and natural heritage on health, wellbeing and happiness can be detected, measured and economically valued using secondary survey and routinely collected data. This post is to assess feasibility and, if possible, to develop a suitable approach. To that end, the job will involve reviewing relevant literature and existing practices, finding and appraising existing data sets which could contribute, beginning the design of appropriate methods (if feasible) and helping to build a coalition of interested parties and funders. The National Trust for Scotland (NTS) owns and manages some of Scotland’s greatest natural and cultural heritage and this project will be a collaboration between NTS and the University of Glasgow. This post might suit a range of numerate backgrounds including (but not limited to) economics, social or environmental science.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. To play a leading role in reviewing the relevant literature and in the search for key extant data sets that could be used in this project.

2. To play a leading role in assessing the feasibility of assessing and valuing the contribution of natural and cultural heritage to population health, wellbeing and happiness in Scotland, via secondary data sets and, if deemed feasible, in specifying the methods to be used.

3. To liaise with the NTS, including securing access to any useful data they have and can share, and communicating the progress of the project and its findings.

4. To document the progress of the research, administer team meetings and write progress blog posts as required.

5. To write up the findings/outcomes in a preliminary report.

6. To collaborate with other members of the group, and external interested parties as appropriate, in order to develop the work of the group as a whole.

7. To undertake or assist with the dissemination of the project progress and findings through presentations to a variety of audiences and, if appropriate, academic paper(s).

8. To assist, if required, in the preparation of further funding bids to continue the project.

9. To collaborate with colleagues and participate in team meetings/discussions and centre research group activities.

Salary will be on the University’s Research and Teaching Grade, level 7, £31,948 – £35,938 per annum.

This post is fixed term for 6 months. To find out more contact Richard.Mitchell@glasgow.ac.uk

Closing date: Friday 18th May 2012.

You can apply online here

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