Deadline: 12.02.24

Lectureship in Circular Economy & Sustainability Transformations/

University of Edinburgh
United Kingdom

  • UE08: £45,585 – £54,395 Per Annum
  • College of Science and Engineering, School of Geosciences, Institute of Geography and the Lived Environment
  • Full Time 35 hours per week
  • Open Ended Contract – Permanent


The Opportunity:

The School of Geosciences at the University of Edinburgh wishes to appoint a full-time Lecturer in Circular Economy and Sustainability Transformations on an open-ended contract. We are seeking a highly motivated individual with an interdisciplinary approach and skillset who can join our community of geography, environment and sustainability researchers, to undertake teaching and research relating to the Circular Economy and wider field of Sustainability Transformations.

The successful candidate will have a track record of high-quality research and scholarship and be able to demonstrate the enthusiasm and ability to undertake original cross-disciplinary research. Their research interests might include, though are not limited to, the study of: circular economy practices; conceptualising circular society futures; circular economy in design or business, shaping social attitudes for a circular economy; geographies of resource regeneration, restoration and re-use in action; community driven and collective action models of the circular economy; sharing economies.


We are looking for an individual who is a committed and enthusiastic teacher, ready to make innovative and high-quality contributions to the MSc degree programme in Circular Economy in partnership with the Edinburgh Futures Institute (EFI). EFI programmes are delivered in a distinctive teaching/learning model which includes simultaneous on-campus and online delivery (‘fusion teaching’), in teaching spaces and digital learning environments designed to enable on-site/online sharing of all teaching and learning activity. Postgraduate study at EFI is an opportunity for students and academic staff to develop new ways of thinking and learning, to create new ideas and to help build new futures. See more about postgraduate studies at EFI here:


For the MSc in Circular Economy degree programme, the role will include elements of course delivery, assessment and organisation, cohort leadership, supervision of dissertations and graduate research projects. It may also include creating a new optional course in a circular economy related topic to compliment the suite of option courses on the MSc Circular Economy. Making connections with the wider community of circular economy professionals within business, government, NGOs and think-tanks will also be key to establishing a long-term, vibrant and attractive MSc offering.

Applicants will also have the ability to contribute to the wider teaching provision within the School of Geosciences’ suite of environmental PGT degree programmes, or the undergraduate MA Geography programme. The role may also encompass other contributions to School citizenship and administration.


Your skills and attributes for success: 

A PhD in a relevant area or equivalent professional experience, skills and knowledge in the domain of Circular Economy and Sustainability Transformations.

A track record of delivering high quality research and academic publications in the field of Circular Economy extending into broader questions of Sustainability Transformations

Experience teaching in an interdisciplinary programme in a higher education setting and assessing student performance

Knowledge of current teaching and learning methods in higher education

Experience of research and teaching in the area of Circular Economy and Sustainability Transformations


As a valued member of our team you can expect: 

A competitive salary of £45,585 – £54,395 per annum

An exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work.

To be part of a diverse and vibrant international community

Comprehensive Staff Benefits, such as a generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts, family-friendly initiatives, and flexible work options. Check out the full list on our staff benefits page and use our reward calculator to discover the total value of your pay and benefits


Please include the following documentation when applying:

  • CV
  • Teaching statement
  • Research statement
  • Covering letter


Championing equality, diversity and inclusion

The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality.


The School of GeoSciences is actively trying to build a more diverse academic community. We strongly welcome applications from under-represented groups within the Institute, including candidates who are LGBTQ+, disabled and from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds.


Prior to any employment commencing with the University you will be required to evidence your right to work in the UK. Further information is available on our right to work webpages

The University is able to sponsor the employment of international workers in this role. If successful, an international applicant requiring sponsorship to work in the UK will need to satisfy the UK Home Office’s English Language requirements and apply for and secure a Skilled Worker Visa.


Key dates to note

The closing date for applications is 12th February 2024

Unless stated otherwise the closing time for applications is 11:59pm GMT. If you are applying outside the UK the closing time on our adverts automatically adjusts to your browsers local time zone.

Interviews will be held in March 2024


Informal Enquiries 

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Head of Institute of Geography and the Lived Environment, Professor Hayden Lorimer  [email protected]


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