Food, Farming and Countryside Commission

Senior Researcher: Natural Capital

By Madeleine Penkett

11th October 2021

This role will suit you if you are a skilled and radical economist and want to influence the future of sustainable farming and land management, joining a national, networked organisation, focussed on helping to make change happen.

Natural capital markets are emerging as a vehicle for new economic partnerships in agriculture and are developing quickly in a complex space. They represent significant investment opportunities for the work of farmers and growers that pursue more sustainable agriculture and food production. There are also potential risks associated with these new markets and questions remain about how the benefits will be equally accessed by farmers and growers right across the country.

By critically evaluating these markets this work will bridge the gap between large scale, sustainable financial investment and everyday farming practice, enabling small family farmers to benefit financially from the natural capital revolution. The work will also help to propose novel ways of financing agroecological farming in the UK that ensures a just transition for all.

This job will suit you if you have:

  • Expert knowledge of farming and/or farm business economics
  • Experience of managing complex, intersectoral work programmes with the ability to work across multiple projects simultaneously
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, able to establish effective working relationships with a diverse and authoritative group of stakeholders
  • Strong research experience and understanding of policy development
  • A shared sense of purpose for our mission, with commitment to finding practical solutions to the climate, nature, health and economic crises

To learn more about the role, please download the Job Description at the top of this page.

FFCC is committed to diversity, equality and inclusion and celebrates these qualities as essential principles of a fair and sustainable society. We welcome applications from all backgrounds and are actively seeking to ensure our team is representative of the diversity of UK countries.

Contract type: 12 months fixed term

Hours: Full time

Closing date: 23:59 on Saturday, 30th October 2021. Early applications are encouraged as we may appoint before the closing date.

Salary: Up to £45,000, dependent on experience

Location: Home based

To apply: Please send your CV and a one page cover letter, explaining why you are suitable for this role and your reasons for applying, to tom.burston@ffcc.co.uk