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Urban Food Systems Post-doctoral Research Fellow

2013 January 25
by Paul Mabrey

Title: Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Urban Food Systems
Requisition Number: 0106071266
Position Type: Full Time Faculty
Position Status: No Response
Department: Admissions
Responsibilities: The New School’s Tishman Environment and Design Center (TEDC) seeks a
research fellow with a recent doctorate in policy, planning, geography, food studies, or a related field to
conduct research on urban food system governance structures, policies and programs and their contribution to sustainability and resilience. The project will examine the urban food policymaking process from a comparative perspective, and will begin to develop metrics and indicators to measure the impacts of food policies on urban resilience and sustainability. The ideal candidate will have expertise in food security, food justice, the ecological dimensions of food systems, and policy analysis and assessment with a focus on food systems.

The TEDC Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Urban Food Systems will work with faculty in TEDC and the  Environmental Studies program and may work with external colleagues from the UK, Netherlands, Germany  and US to conduct research on urban food systems that matches his/her interests and expertise.
The Fellow will also be expected to teach two courses per year that match his/her expertise and the needs  of the Environmental Studies program.
Potential areas of research include:
• Comparative analysis of urban food policymaking, including cross-city policy analysis focusing on one or more areas of food policymaking (e.g., public health, planning, infrastructure development)
• Measurement and valuation of urban ecosystem services of food production infrastructure
• Development, measurement and analysis of indicators of food systems sustainability
• Analysis of urban food movements and their impacts on urban policymaking
Minimum Qualifications: This position is open to social scientists from diverse backgrounds including
urban policy, city and regional planning, urban geography, politics, food studies, or related fields. Applicants must have completed their Ph.D. by the position start date. Strong organization, communication and writing skills are required. Candidates will be also expected to teach two courses per year, one introductory undergraduate course and one advanced undergraduate course, in an area of their expertise for the Environmental Studies program.
Preferred Qualifications:

• Demonstrated expertise in qualitative research methods; experience with
quantitative methods desired
• Familiarity with indicators and background in policy evaluation methods
• Knowledge of urban food policy and policymaking processes, and urban sustainability/resilience
• Excellent research design, organization, communication, and writing skills
• Experience teaching and course development
Job Family: No Response
Special Instructions to Applicants: Applicants should submit a cover letter that highlights the
applicant’s skills and abilities in areas relevant to this position; curriculum vitae; three sample
reprints/preprints (electronic versions); and names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of three references. These additional application materials should be sent (e-mail preferred) to: Dr. Timon McPhearson (, The New School’s Tishman Environment and Design Center, 79 Fifth Avenue, 16th Floor, NY, NY 10003.

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