PostDoctoral Research Associate (Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution) (Udall Center)

University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ, United States
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Position Highlights

The Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy of the University of Arizona and the John McCain III National Center for Environmental Conflict Resolution, a program of the Morris K. and Stewart L. Udall Foundation (Udall Foundation), seek to appoint a post-doctoral researcher/ practitioner at 1.0 FTE for 12 months to conduct applied research on the topic of ECCR. This individual will be working under super vision of Dr. Andrea Gerlak. Such research should specifically examine the role of engagement and inclusivity within ECCR processes that involve, impact, or inform Federal agencies and issues.

Areas of focus for the research/practitioner include but are not limited to: Federal environmental processes (e.g., NEPA; Endangered Species Act Section 6; National Historical Preservation Act Section 106) that have undergone policy or on-the-ground changes to stakeholder engagement practices due to pandemic response and/or calls for greater accountability; Federal environmental processes and policies that intersect with state, local, and/or nongovernmental organizations; Federal environmental processes that provide opportunities for meaningful engagement, and result in decisions and outcomes that impact diverse stakeholders; ECCR processes that intersect with Native Nations and Tribal governments. Emerging and evolving collaboration and conflict resolution approaches that have been developed or influenced by the Covid-19 pandemic and social disruption.

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Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

Appropriate methodological approaches include but are not limited to:

  • Assessments and assessment protocols designed to collect data, evaluate attitudes and perspectives, explore emerging and evolving collaboration and communications approaches, and/or link to ongoing initiatives
  • Reviews of emerging technologies, policies, and engagement approaches, with a focus on immediate and future impacts to engagement and obstacles for inclusion of diverse stakeholder groups including marginalized communities
  • Evaluations of impacts, outcomes, attitudes, and trends related to ECCR processes, including systemic approaches to engaging impacted stakeholders and communities
    Research developed in cooperation with others, such as ECCR practitioners, Native Nations, community members, and stakeholders. 

The researcher/practitioner will collaborate with scientists and professionals at both the Udall Center and Udall Foundation. Outputs from the appointment will include:

  • One or more peer-reviewed publications in the fields of alternative dispute resolution, environmental policy, collaborative governance, applied science, or related
  • One or more policy white papers outlining the research findings for Federal officials, conflict resolution practitioners, and industry personnel
  • Participation in a Fall 2021 symposium on contemporary environmental issues co-convened by the Udall Center and Udall Foundation, and potentially in other relevant Federal or environmental conflict resolution forums
  • One or more proposals for extramural funding to continue and expand the line of research
  • Demonstrated interest and study in the ECCR field.
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in conflict resolution, sociology, anthropology, geography, environmental policy, planning, or a related field.
  • Practitioner experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with traditionally marginalized communities.