Research Fellow – AR2738NB

We are seeking to appoint a Research Fellow to work with Dr. Ariadne Collins (PI in School of International Relations), Dr Lydia Cole (Co-I in School of Geography and Sustainable Development) and Dr Theo Reeves-Evison (Birmingham School of Art) on a research project titled 'Toward a Political Ecology of Volume'.  


The project seeks to develop a volumetric understanding of the state within the sub-discipline of political ecology by investigating the expansion of state claims to carbon in the atmosphere through carbon offsetting and minerals beneath the ocean floor through deep-sea mining. With a particular focus on the Global South, the project will investigate and visualize the colonial and volumetric dimensions of international efforts to manage the areas traditionally known as the global commons and threats to their sustainability.  


The successful applicant will have (or be near to completion of) a PhD in an area related to volumetric social and ecological dynamics, including but not limited to International Relations, Geography, the Environmental Arts and Humanities, and the Climate or Atmospheric Sciences. Expertise in the sub-discipline of political ecology and/or familiarity with the global commons and interdisciplinary environmental challenges will be an asset.  


The post is available for 9 months starting 1 November 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter.   


Further details of the project can be found by contacting the principal investigator at  


Applications are particularly welcome from women, people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented in research posts at the University.    


Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of the St Andrews experience.  We strive to create a fair and inclusive culture demonstrated through our commitment to diversity awards (Athena Swan, Carer Positive, LGBT Charter, Race Charters and Stonewall). We celebrate diversity by promoting profiles of BAME, LGBTIQ+ staff and supporting networks including the Staff BAME Network; Staff with Disabilities Network; Staff LGBTIQ+ Network; and the Staff Parents & Carers Network.  Full details available online:  


Closing Date: 28 September 2022                       Interview Date: 7 October 2022   


Please quote ref AR2738NB   


Further Particulars: AR2738NB FPs.doc



School of International Relations

Salary: £35,333 - £38,592 per annum pro rata 

Start Date: 1 November 2022, or as soon as possible 

Fixed term: 9 months

Research Fellow – AR2738NB