Development Economist; UCLA IoES

Job Title: 
Development Economist
Job Location: 
Los Angeles, CA
Full-time - 1 year renewable contract
Application Deadline: 
Friday, July 26, 2019
Application Information: 

UCLA IoES is seeking a highly-motivated and pragmatic development economist who

wants to conduct research and analysis for real-world problems. The position is a

one-year contract appointment to conduct research and analysis in support of blue

economy development in small island developing states. This individual will be

conducting research and outreach as part of the Blue Prosperity program at UCLA.

This program, with funding from the Waitt Foundation, engages islands on using

marine spatial planning to support marine protection and sustainable development of

their blue economy.


The primary function of the economist will be working in partnership with the Waitt

Institute and partner island governments in the Pacific on key projects needed to

advance the Blue Prosperity Programs. Because the work is responsive to

Governments’ needs, expect a dynamic and applied portfolio of work. These projects

will seek to quantify the economic impact of different policy-, infrastructure-, and

business-development scenarios on the islands. For example, the economist may be

asked to estimate the impact to fisheries and tourism revenues if certain areas of the

ocean were to be closed to fishing or to calculate the revenue that would be

generated if a new tax was added to the hospitality industry in a particular city. The

economist will play a key role in helping the Waitt Institute build its Blue Economy

program, a key program to advance long-term ocean sustainability. The ideal

candidate will help lead a portfolio of work and help SIDS governments make

decisions based on the research and analysis provided.


The economist will work closely with other researchers at UCLA including those at

the business, law and public policy schools. Individual projects will be executed over

months, not years, and may require occasional weekend work. Key to this position is

the ability to execute work in a timely and efficient manner that aligns with

government decision-making. A flexible nature is necessary as projects are subject

to shifting due to a variety of factors, including weather, government decision-making,

scheduling, etc.


The ideal candidate will be a post-doctoral researcher who has experience working

on conservation and/or sustainable development economics, particularly in

developing countries. Familiarity with data-poor statistical and estimation techniques

is required. The position will require travel to foreign countries multiple times a year,

which may include extended stays (3 weeks).


For additional information about the position and to apply, please consult the posting

on the UCLA hiring system: Requisition Number: 30609


Desired start date is August/September 2019.

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