SAGES – THEME 4 CO-LEADER OPPORTUNITY: Transformations in Society & Environmental Policy
SAGES currently has an opening for Theme 4 co-leadership: Transformations in Society & Environmental Policy.
SAGES Theme 4 is currently led by Daniel Gilmour (Abertay). In line with other themes, SAGES is now looking for a bright, enthusiastic person to join Daniel in co-leading Theme 4.
More details on what Theme leadership entails are detailed below;
Theme leadership is not onerous – rather, it is a great way to learn the workings of SAGES, influence the direction, and meet a wide cross-section of geoscientists in Scotland. Theme leaders play a pivotal role in decision making on funding for: International Collaboration Scheme, Small Grants, International Conference support, Fora and other discretionary funding streams under SAGES’ control. Theme leaders sit on the Research and Innovation Committee (RICom), which meets every 6 months in a combined session with SAGES Executive Committee (ExCom). Theme leaders are not expected to drive forward new areas of activity within SAGES per se, but are expected to become knowledgeable about the breadth of activity within their theme area across the partnership, and help facilitate a balanced support of those areas through the funding routes outlined above. It is a great opportunity to learn more about all areas of geoscience and to facilitate their development by SAGES.
This is a particularly exciting time for Theme 4 activities: Transformations in Society & Environmental Policy. SAGES is working closely with other research pools, Innovation Centres and Universities Scotland with multiple COP26 preparations. The future funding of research pooling in Scotland after July 2022 will inevitably require a very strong human geography and social sciences flavour. It is a widely expressed view (e.g. UK Committee on Climate Change) that Net Zero is more a socio/behavioural than a technological challenge.
We encourage people to apply – it is a great opportunity to extend your understanding of the interplay between geoscience, society & environmental policy and to help steer the future of research networks in Scotland.
The process of nomination is a simple one: Email your CV and cover letter to Carol Thomson, SAGES Administrator
Deadline: Thursday 22 April 2021.
We are also happy to speak informally to anyone who is interested in the role.