LKAS Post-Doctoral Fellowship in ‘Stressed Environments and Communities’ - application call now open

3-year Fellowship in ‘Stressed Environments and Communities’


As part of the University of Glasgow’s Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Fellowship Scheme, the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences (GES) is seeking an exceptional and ambitious researcher to advance ‘Stressed Environments and Communities’ as a priority research area.

In GES, we examine how environments and communities become ‘stressed’, across differing timescales, and with multiple planetary, ecological, geopolitical and emotional consequences. We undertake collaborative and interdisciplinary studies of compromised landscapes (coastal, fluvial and built), contaminated environments (terrestrial and maritime), and the life-worlds of affected communities. We seek to understand how everyday lives and ordinary expectations are being significantly impacted by Anthropocene-associated extreme weather events, disrupted seasonality and climate variability, and how new environmental and biomedical pressures experienced worldwide produce unexpected multispecies entanglements and conditions for life-threatening trans-species infections. We are concerned not only with contemporary threats posed to infrastructures and architectures, health and well-being, land and life, but with how a shared burden of responsibility can produce scientifically-informed strategies for environmental mitigation and adaptation, and socio-spatial conditions for coping, caring and campaigning.

Our research offers effective means to lobby for greater equity in access to resources, and to foster creative environmental partnerships, realised locally and globally, thereby achieving meaningful impact.

The University of Glasgow, and School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, welcomes applications from outstanding researchers who examine how anticipations of future stresses feed into modes of environmental intervention and governance, variously prioritising insecurity and risk-calculation, resilience and renewal, sustainability and remediation, therapy and well-being.


Primary contact for ‘Stressed Environments and Communities’:                          

Professor Hayden Lorimer (


Application Process

The University of Glasgow’s application call is now open, and will close on Monday 9 January 2017.

Visit the University's vacancies page and use the reference number 015287 to find job details and begin applying. All applications must include a research proposal using the Research Proposal Proforma. This will need to be appended to your cover letter for submission via the University of Glasgow's electronic recruitment system. For any queries regarding the application process, please contact the University's Recruitment Team.


Scheme Details

The University of Glasgow’s Lord Kelvin Adam Smith (LKAS) Fellowship Scheme awards three-year fully-funded fellowship positions, including full salary costs, offering Fellows the opportunity to establish, or further develop, an independent research career.

The eligibility criteria for the University of Glasgow’s LKAS Fellowship scheme state that applicants must:

  • be between 2 and 7 years post-PhD;
  • have at least two years’ experience at postdoctoral level or equivalent professional-level experience;
  • have produced one or more world-leading publications (equivalent to 4* rating in UK REF2014) since 1 January 2014.

These are essential criteria; if you do not meet all three then you will not be eligible for a Fully Funded Fellowship.

Further information on LKAS FAQs can be accessed here:


School of Geographical and Earth Sciences

In the School of GES research activities are organised and initiated by the Human Geography Research Group (HGRG), and, the Earth Systems Research Group (ESRG). ‘Stressed Environments and Communities’ presents opportunities to build new synergies between these two research groupings. In REF2014, HGRG ranked 1st in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research, and 1st for published outputs. In REF2014, ESRG ranked 1st in Scotland for both its world-leading publications and research environment.

Geography and Earth Science both ranked in the top 10 in the UK (Complete University Guide 2017, Guardian University Guide 2016)

Geography ranked 28th in the World (QS World University rankings by subject 2016)

Human Geography ranked 1st in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research, and 1st in UK for published work (REF 2014)

Earth Systems Research Group rated as 1st in Scotland for both its world-leading publications and research environment (REF 2014)