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Message posted on 08/03/2023

Job alert: 2x 3-year Postdocs on Peat Restoration Controversies

Job alert: 2x 3-year postdocs exploring peatland restoration controversies (Universities of Bristol and Birmingham)

Are you interested in joining a new interdisciplinary research project to study controversies surrounding peatland restoration for carbon storage? The Peatscapes project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, is currently looking to recruit two postdoctoral researchers into 3-year posts. These positions present an exciting opportunity to work at the forefront of interdisciplinary research on natural climate solutions, ecological restoration, and resource-making.

The successful applicants will join a new, energetic and well-supported project team, co-led by Dr James Palmer (University of Bristol) and Dr Krg Kama (University of Birmingham). They will also work collaboratively with other social and natural science colleagues, and with wider stakeholders and communities involved in the management, use and restoration of peat-scapes in the UK and Estonia.

Post 1: Research Fellow in Peatland Restoration Controversies (Birmingham - closing date April 2nd) Job advert: troversies Full job description: 1/job/1480/?utm_medium=jobshare

Post 2: Research Associate in Peatland Restoration Controversies (Bristol - closing date March 31st) Job advert: controversies Full job description: 0Associate%20in%20Peatland%20Restoration%20Controversies

Further Project Details To date, most research into peat restoration has been led by ecological science, studying how peatland emissions will respond to future environmental change and landscape interventions. Yet peatlands are not just complex ecosystems. Given their diverse cultural importance and various uses as economic resources, they can be better understood as peat-scapes dynamic, working landscapes whose ultimate purpose and value is contested by different social groups. The Peatscapes project, accordingly, views restoration as a thorny social process that brings carbon-based imperatives into conflict with other ways of knowing and valuing peat natures. A more detailed overview of the Peatscapes project is available here. Please also follow @peatscapes on Twitter for project updates.

Main Duties Successful applicants will each lead primary data collection and analysis relating to two project case studies (either based in the UK or Estonia), including several months of on-site fieldwork. Key tasks include the use of participatory research methods, such as walking interviews and photovoice, to trace the knowledge controversies around peatland restoration and its place-specific implications for extant ways of living and working with peat. In addition, successful applicants will work with the project team to trace the emerging international geographies of peat restoration science and carbon accounting, drawing on a combination of desk-based policy analysis and interviews with peatland ecologists, restoration managers, funders and volunteers, as well as industry and local community representatives. In the final stages of the project, successful applicants will co-design and co-facilitate a multi-stakeholder workshop deploying inclusive, participatory approaches for developing place-specific visions of future peat-scapes, wherein climate objectives can be integrated with wider social and environmental goals.

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to consider applying for BOTH posts. Informal inquiries are very welcome, and should be directed to either Krg Kama (Birmingham, or James Palmer (Bristol,

Please circulate widely - and we look forward to hearing from any potential candidates! Krg and James


Dr Krg Kama (she/her)

Lecturer in Human Geography

University of Birmingham

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