Development Economist

UCLA

Los Angeles, California, USA

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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).


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