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Hawke's Bay Regional Council Chair Integrated Catchments

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Hawke's Bay Regional Council Chair in Integrated Catchments
Office of the Vice-Chancellor (Based in Napier)

This is an exciting and mission critical new position for the future management of New Zealand’s natural resources. It will be based in the warm wine growing region of Hawke’s Bay and will report initially to the Deputy Vice- Chancellor Research. The University of Waikato and Hawke’s Bay Regional Council have partnered in a shared mission to create new knowledge and relevant tools, methods and processes to support the sustainable use and protection of natural resources across environmental, economic, social and cultural outcomes.

To be successful in this role you will have specific expertise within the Social Sciences, in particular:

  • Social-ecological systems, social norms, influence and engaging with communities.
  • In depth understanding of the drivers for social change on both an individual and collective level.
  • Research for policy or practice and community change.

In addition, you will understand the role of science in transformation and have an interest and/or experience in the following areas:

  • Integrated catchment management or adaptive management approaches of catchments.
  • Bio-physical science in a relevant discipline – freshwater or terrestrial ecology, water quality, environmental science.

The University is committed to delivering a world-class education and research portfolio, providing a full and dynamic university experience, distinctive in character, and pursuing strong international links to advance knowledge.
You will be PhD qualified in the field of social science, possibly around Environmental Sociology and be highly recognised for your contribution to the academic field at a national and international level through your demonstrated track record of high quality publications, other research contributions and presentations. You will also have demonstrated ability to engage with and work collaboratively with a range of partners/stakeholders including tangata whenua and the primary sector.

Closing Date: 29 April 2019 (NZ time) Vacancy number:380433
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