Lecturer in Environmental Social Science
Australian National University, School of Sociology

Position overview

The School of Sociology and the Fenner School of Environment and Society seeks to make a three year fixed term appointment for a lecturer in Environmental Social Science. We welcome applications from outstanding academics working in this field. Subfields are open, but applicants with expertise in either climate adaptation or human-animal studies will be particularly welcomed.

The successful applicant will have an outstanding record of or demonstrated potential for excellence in research and publication, and in education. They will be expected to carry out undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, to undertake research relevant to their field of expertise, to contribute to the supervision of Honours and PhD students and to work collegially with members of both schools. The expected teaching load is three courses a year. This position is based in Canberra.

The Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS) is Australia’s major institution for theoretical and empirical research in the social sciences. It is also a significant presence in the nation’s undergraduate, postgraduate and postdoctoral training in the social sciences and has an international reputation for exceptional social science research.  We are proud that we teach what we research.

We contribute to public debates in Australia and internationally across the whole social sciences spectrum.  We convene workshops, public lectures, debates and roundtables that address issues of public and community importance, and these can be found in the websites of our individual schools and centres.

The Fenner School of Environment & Society (FSES) is unique in Australia and is among very few places in the world where researchers from physical, biological and social sciences work together on solutions to the big environmental challenges facing society. The School has a particularly strong record researching long-term environment and sustainability issues and challenges, and has extensive national and international networks with governments, NGOs, research organisations and the private sector, offering significant longitudinal expertise, knowledge and influence.


Associate Professor Gavin Smith, E: gavin.smith@anu.edu.au T: 02 6125 0323

Associate Professor Lorrae van Kerkhoff, E. lorrae.vankerkhoff@anu.edu.au T: 02 6125 2748

The Schools actively encourage women, applicants of non-binary gender, and applicants from diverse cultural backgrounds to apply for this position. They are committed to developing a diverse staffing profile, and supporting flexible working arrangements that take into account caring responsibilities.

ANU values diversity and inclusion and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to those of all backgrounds and identities. For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit https://services.anu.edu.au/human-resources/respect-inclusion

Application information

In order to apply for this role please upload the following documents:

  • A statement addressing the selection criteria.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.
  • Other documents, that support your application e.g. cover letter, evidence of performance.

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