Cities are hubs of economic activity and increasingly consumers of energy to sustain these activities. In the last decade urban population has surpassed non-urban population and the trend is expected to continue in the coming decades, particularly in Asia and Africa. Urbanization however brings major sustainability challenges which, if not adequately addressed, can hamper social and economic development.
We are seeking a passionate professional researcher to carry out empirical work and policy analysis as part of its research program on urban development and planning. Research work could include, governance models of urban infrastructure development, or housing and shelter sufficiency. The program is interdisciplinary in nature and includes economics, social science, policy analysis, environmental and energy studies, mathematics and data science.
Working with the program director and head of research, the successful candidate will provide on-going thought leadership, guidance and supervision to ensure research projects result in high quality and actionable policy options.
PhD in urban Planning, urban development, public policy or other related fields.
Min 10 years of confirmed professional experience working on energy-related urban development or planning, or other policy-related fields, preferably within a research institution, government or an international organization.
Thorough knowledge of international approaches on issues related to energy and urban development or planning
Demonstrated research experience within the following subjects: Urban development or planning, energy policies and initiatives, environmental policies, and economic growth
Strong experience of working in evidence-based public policy impacting public policy or institutional reforms;
Proven ability to draft analytical and evidence-based policy-relevant papers that are clear, concise and reader-friendly; successful peer-reviewed publication is a distinct advantage.
Demonstrated quantitative skills in econometrics, economic modeling, system dynamics, geographic information systems or agent-based modeling.
Experience of working in multidisciplinary teams and projects is an advantage.
Strong ability to gather relevant information and data
Good communication skills and enthusiastic team player
Excellent command of the English language (spoken/written)
The Research Fellow will be an expert on one or more of the following:
Urban systems modelling
Building Energy Modelling
Urban transport modelling (passenger and/or freight)
Urban policy analysis
Smart City analysis
Urban Big Data analysis
Geographic Information Systems
Draft, edit and produce evidence-based policy papers, working papers, reports and other publications on the above topics that are clear, concise and reader-friendly
Participate actively in policy and research networks and deliver presentations at conferences and workshops
Keep on top of the relevant literature and conduct succinct literature reviews, analysis of documentary and statistical material, identifying relevant policy issues
Identify research opportunities in regards energy and urban development/planning