Senior Knowledge Broker

Hughes Hall Centre for Climate Change Engagement

Up to £36,914 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: carbon, climate & energy, sustainability, environmental policy & campaigning

Closing date: Thursday, 5th November 2020  


The role is to provide knowledge brokering and policy analysis for the Hughes Hall Centre for Climate Change Engagement (HHCCCE) and for a wider audience within the University of Cambridge in partnership with Cambridge Zero and the University’s Centre for Science & Policy. Experience working across the academic, policy and regulation, finance or business communities, and a prior understanding of climate change science and policy, is essential. 

Summary of the job

The role focuses on bringing together research data, insights and expertise from relevant fields to enable business leaders and policy makers to identify and understand the policy, technical and practical issues relevant to climate change. These fields may range from environmental, climate and behavioural science through to economics, finance, management and law. It also involves collaborative working, including with scientific and other research experts (in particular in law and economics), business leaders and policy makers.

The postholder will need to be able to work independently and with colleagues to initiate and deliver projects, or elements of projects related to the implications of climate change for the commercial sector and policy makers at national and international level. He or she will be able to synthesise and communicate research and analysis in fields relevant to these projects, and work with others to inform and influence relevant stakeholders.

The postholder will be expected to live in Cambridge or nearby and to contribute to building the organisation’s external profile, sustainability and growth.

Role and Responsibilities

The postholder will write policy briefs and research syntheses to support knowledge brokering and climate policy engagement with corporate and public policy stakeholders. He or she will develop an understanding of the debate, political context and emerging trends in relevant policy areas as they relate to business practices and policy formulation. The postholder will undertake research and analysis as required, as well as summarise and interpret the findings of research and analysis for internal and external audiences.

The postholder will manage some staff as well as multiple projects, taking responsibility for their development and dissemination. He or she will contribute to identifying opportunities and funding for new work; write policy, research, information and other materials for publications, including websites, academic and trade journals.

The postholder will maintain a good level of understanding of topics and technologies associated with climate change and will keep in touch with significant stakeholders to identify issues that may affect the organisation’s mission and objectives.

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