Social Researchers – Future Farming

York, Bristol and London
£29,604 – £37,916
07 Feb 2019
25 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

This is research with national influence. Defra is creating a great place for living for people in this country. Here, you can improve the countryside and rural economy, enhance food and farming, and protect against natural threats and hazards. You’ll inform animal and farming policy as well as public services. And, as part of a Department key to delivering a successful EU exit, much of the work will almost-immediately affect millions.

The role

In essence, you’ll join the research team supporting our Future Farming programme. It’s a policy-led role, with an immediate focus on work that will underpin the successor to the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy.


Together with economists, statisticians and natural scientists, you’ll weave social science into policy activities at this critical time, and help to deliver ambitious outcomes in the future. There’ll also be the chance to work in the field: designing and delivering engagement events with farmers.

Your background

It’s vital that you have at least a 2:1 in a research-led social science degree, such as demography, economics, human geography, linguistics, psychology, social anthropology, sociology and statistics (or a 2:2 with relevant postgraduate study).

A natural analyst, you’ll also have a good understanding of the latest methods and techniques. Used to leading small-scale research projects – from initial specifications through to interpretation of results – we’ll also expect you to bring strategic flair, clear-minded organisation and the confidence to collaborate with people of all levels.

Social Research in Defra

Our Researchers provide insight on policies’ context and impact that drive decisions. You’ll frame the challenge, identify ‘what works’, develop solutions and measure their impact. Though the EU exit features prominently, our close-knit community works across all our activities, from air quality and the future of farming to marine pollution.

Everyone here enjoys a choice of pensions and the potential to work flexibly. But the real draw should be the professional opportunity to influence our approach to the environment during this period of great change. 


(initial two-year posts)

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