Rebuilding Macroeconomics is a new research Network, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) over four years which encourages and supports innovative approaches to ‘real world’ macroeconomic policy questions. We particularly welcome inter-disciplinary approaches and alternative methodologies to our most pressing macroeconomic issues. The project is hosted by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR). Further details can be found on our website www.rebuildingmacroeconomics.ac.uk

The structure of the Network includes six ‘Research Hubs’. The purpose of each  Hub is to bring together a group of scholars from different backgrounds in macroeconomics and disciplines like anthropology, computer and network science, sociology and psychology etc. and (where relevant) policy makers with potentially different approaches to an important macroeconomic issue. The “Sustainable Growth” Hub will address issues relating to rising population growth and diminishing natural resources. The Co-Leaders of the  Sustainable Growth Hub, Professor Michael Grubb (UCL) and Dr Tiago Cavalcanti (University of Cambridge) intend to run the initial workshop for their Hub in late September  2018, with a view to issuing the Hub’s Research Call shortly afterwards.

Prior to running the workshop, it would be very useful for the Hub to be able to produce and circulate a background paper, which would distil the essential ideas and literatures that the non-Economics academic disciplines would be bringing to the discussion, presenting them in ways which would be comprehensible to Macroeconomists, and indicate possible key points of connection to macroeconomic growth and decision-making theories.   The paper would aim to: select the key input areas from these other disciplines; summarise recent research in these subjects; and outline how these factors might relate to principles of Macroeconomic theory. The background paper will be approximately 10,000 words long, and will need to be completed over the summer of 2018 in a period of about three months (allowing for final revision after the workshop to enable the paper to form a background document for the Research Call).

We are thus seeking a researcher to undertake preparatory work for this document. Applicants should possess a Master’s degree, ideally in Economics or another Social Science, or else in interdisciplinary environment and sustainability studies. The salary for the work would be approximately £7,653 for the full three months, at 1.0 FTE (£30,612 p.a. pro rata). The person appointed may be based at NIESR, or possibly at another Research Organisation, but will be under the academic supervision of Professor Grubb at UCL.

Applications for this role should take the form of a one-page CV, including full contact details, and a one-page statement outlining why the applicant is interested in this role. These documents should be submitted as attachments and sent to Richard Arnold, at r.arnold@niesr.ac.uk, by 24.00 on 28 June 2018.

21 June 2018

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