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Assistant Professor in Blue Economy and Marine Governance

Assistant Professor in Blue Economy and Marine Governance


International Centre for Island Technology, Heriot-Watt University

The post is located in Orkney working from a purpose built building on the Orkney Innovation and Research Campus in the town of Stromness. The Campus is shared with other businesses working in marine related science and technology (e.g. EMEC and Aquatera). Stromness is home to a thriving community of researchers and professionals working in the fields of marine science and renewable energy. In addition to professional life, Orkney has excellent sports facilities and a thriving arts culture. Orkney has repeatedly been identified as one of the best places to live in the UK, and in some rankings THE best. All interests are well catered for and families will find good schools at all levels. The islands are home to several internationally famous festivals including the St Magnus Music and Arts Festival in the summer and the Science Festival in the autumn. We recommend looking at which provides information about Orkney and its economy, housing, leisure, education, health and environment.

Background to The School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society – EGIS
EGIS is the host school for ICIT in the University. It is one of the UK’s leading institutions for multidisciplinary research and teaching in areas critical to economic development and societal equity. It aims to attain excellence in the teaching of the core disciplines that contribute to a sustainable, resource and energy efficient society and are committed to undertaking high value, high impact research and knowledge transfer in topics of relevance to global challenges.

The main part of the school enjoys extensive facilities in modern, purpose-built accommodation on the Edinburgh campus. In 2019 ICIT moved into newly renovated buildings on the Orkney Research and Innovation Campus (ORIC) in Stromness. The ORIC site is shared with environmental and energy based companies and from 2021 will be home for the Island Centre for Net Zero. EGIS facilities in Dubai and Malaysia are contained within purpose-built campuses in Dubai Academic City and Putrajaya, respectively.

Heriot-Watt University has been named International University of the Year by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.


Orkney, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


Relevant divisions
Climate: Past, Present & Future (CL)
Energy, Resources and the Environment (ERE)
Ocean Sciences (OS)

Part time

Entry level

£32,817 - £49,553

Preferred education

Application deadline
31 May 2021

3 May 2021

Job description

As a family-friendly employer, we are open to full time and part time applicants.
We seek a range of applicants for an early/mid-career academic in the broad field of marine governance, particularly those interested in socio-economic aspects. You will be based in Heriot-Watt University’s International Centre for Island Technology (ICIT) on our Orkney campus – a specialist postgraduate teaching and research centre focusing on management of coastal and island resources. Orkney has some of the most ecologically diverse and intensively used sea areas in the UK. The fishing industry, marine energy technology, oil and gas, marine conservation, aquaculture and tourism all compete for sea space. Orkney has become a test bed for trialling new forms of marine governance. ICIT forms part of a cluster of local businesses and stakeholder groups involved in marine research and consultancy – spanning wave/tidal energy; environmental consultancies; community groups, and local authority marine planners. This cluster of activity provides a unique opportunity for industry collaborations around research and teaching. The successful candidate must engage with external organisations active in Orkney’s maritime community.

You will be developing and delivering innovative postgraduate teaching, including courses in marine planning, development appraisal and marine governance. You will be applying for funding and developing a research portfolio with a wider team of marine specialists within Heriot-Watt. You will supervise PhD students and publish high-impact research findings in industry-leading journals.
You will have a strong track record of research in marine resources and their management, with expertise in one or more of the following: marine/coastal governance and planning; allocation of marine resources; blue economy. We also welcome applications from candidates with research interests in environment/economy interactions generally, and in the implications of ‘net zero carbon’ for coastal communities. Candidates with a wider background in marine sciences are also welcome to apply. Candidates will be expected to show the international relevance of their work.

You will have evidence of research potential in areas complementary to staff based at ICIT and the wider Institute of Life and Earth Sciences. You will be flexible, forward-thinking, demonstrate a problem-solving approach, and have the ability to work both independently and collaboratively. You will have an interest to operate at the cross-disciplinary boundaries of ecology, natural resources, planning, engineering, and economics. You will demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills. You will show the international relevance of your work and will have the ability to link your research interests to international agendas like GCRF and UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and ethnic minority candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts at Heriot-Watt. Embracing diversity at Heriot-Watt University means we can select from the broadest pool to find the best person for the job – we encourage you to apply.

How to apply

For further application details and information please go to:
Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Sandy Kerr, Director ICIT,

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