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PDRA (Knowledge Exchange and Innovation) in Geospatial Analytics of the Bioeconomy

Reference:  AE0158
Campus:  Hull
Faculty/Area:  Research and Enterprise
School/Department:  Institutes
Subject Group/Team:  Energy and Environment Institute
Salary:  £34,189 to £39,609 per annum
Fixed Term
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date:  Friday 31 May 2019

(Knowledge Exchange and Innovation)

The University of Hull (UoH) is part of a project funded by Research England to promote the development of a bioeconomy across Yorkshire, the Humber region and the Tees Valley.   The bioeconomy uses biological resources for economic purposes including food, energy generation and also as components in manufacturing complex materials.  The fast-growing bioeconomy represents a major economic opportunity for the UK and particularly for the North of England, which has world-class bioeconomy assets.  The THYME Project will establish a new and highly innovative collaboration between the universities of York, Hull and Teesside that will become an exemplar for good practice in Knowledge Exchange between HEIs and industry, attracting trade and inward investment into sustainable bio-based industries and our HEIs.   The three fields of activity covered by the project are 1) Transforming bio-residues into materials for re-use; 2) Increasing the productivity of existing bioeconomy activities in the region; 3) repurposing disused land for bioeconomy activity.  These types of activity are closely related to the circular economy, which aims to maximise value extracted from all types of resources, including biological, whilst minimising waste.

The post-holder will be primarily involved in the development of a digital geographical system capable of capturing, analysing and presenting the engagement activities and seeking to understand the policy, social and economic foundations of the regional bioeconomy and developing publications for the dissemination of findings for both academic and non-academic audiences.  They will need to work closely with the other PDRAs involved in the project and with colleagues in chemical engineering and human and physical geography to collate spatial datasets and encapsulate understanding on stakeholder needs and behaviour to be used in the development of the geographical mapping, analytical, modelling systems. They will need to undertake data analytics and data mining activities with the aim of developing web-based / policy-friendly computational tools and modelling and ideally generating web-based databases.

The post will be based in the Energy and Environment Institute but will involve collaboration with colleagues from across the university and the other partner universities.   In addition, there will be opportunities to proactively engage with other circular economy related research.  For instance, Geography is leading an EU-funded international PhD-training network relating to the circular economy, and is co-leading the university’s contribution to an EPSRC-funded project evolving a Circular Plastics Economy, which also has a bioeconomic component.  Geography and Environmental studies research was ranked 3rd in the UK for its impact in Research Excellence Framework 2014.

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