Research Fellow - Global Economy and Finance Programme

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Chatham House

London, United Kingdom

Application Deadline
£39,001 - £47,000


Are you keen to ensure international macroeconomic policy meets the challenges of climate change? Are you concerned why it is proving so difficult to fund measures to prevent future pandemics?

If you are passionate about applying your economic skills and knowledge to real world problems and achieving high impact, then please read on!

Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, is one of the world's leading independent policy institutes. Based in London, our mission is to help build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world.

We are seeking a Research Fellow with outstanding economic skills and analytical ability to join our diverse, multi-disciplinary team. The position is located in our Global Economy and Finance Programme (GEF), a collaborative and intellectually stimulating environment, which works to ensure that independent analysis of global economic issues translates into timely policy insights for experts and decision-makers around the world.

The successful candidate’s first assignment will be to work on the programme's ambitious research agenda on climate change and international macroeconomics. Future topics will be equally interesting, potentially including developing country debt, global public health and the reform of the international monetary system. There will be opportunities to design, develop and seek funding for creative new research projects in the field of international economics and to publish the results of your research online and in print media and journals.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and do not discriminate on the basis of protected characteristics. We encourage applications from all backgrounds. If you require assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please contact us on

Main Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the GEF Programme’s Director, Creon Butler, the successful candidate will:


  • Play a key role in delivering on-going research projects in international economic policy by producing high quality policy-relevant research outputs for publication by the institute.
  • Develop, design and deliver new research projects contributing to the programme’s strategy.
  • Work with colleagues and external partners to develop innovative research methods, capture synergies across the institute and maximise impact.
  • Communicate analysis, insights and policy recommendations based on research to target audiences, including policy makers, media and opinion formers.


  • Work with colleagues to evaluate funding needs, identify opportunities and build relationships; draft research concept notes and grant proposals.

Project Management

  • Successfully deliver projects by defining objectives and outputs, setting and meeting timelines and overseeing budget management.
  • Monitor and evaluate project impact and ensure that target audiences are fully engaged.

Event Management

  • Contribute to the design and delivery of programme events, conferences and roundtables, using economic expertise, networks and subject knowledge.
  • Develop high quality meeting agendas and well-focussed speaker and attendee lists.



  • Advanced economic analytical and quantitative skills.
  • Economic research skills.
  • The ability to write and present clearly and concisely for a variety of audiences, putting forward complex information and arguments persuasively.
  • Strong interpersonal and team building skills.
  • Organisational skills and a keen eye for detail; ability to prioritise across multiple projects and take initiative.


  • Proven research experience in economics in an academic, business or public policy context, ideally with a focus on international macroeconomics and some experience with macroeconomic modelling; some knowledge of climate change economics is desirable.
  • Experience in researching and writing economic thought pieces and policy recommendations for diverse audiences (including ideally experience writing for external publication).
  • Demonstrated ability to make good judgements on project management and deliver completed projects on time.


Benefits include approximately 37 days annual leave (inclusive of public holidays and Chatham House closure days), enhanced pension scheme, employee assistance programme, life assurance, enhanced Maternity and Paternity and other benefits designed to suit your own personal lifestyle. All of this, in a professional, engaging and intellectually stimulating environment.

Existing and unrestricted right to work in the UK is a requirement. Please note that we are unable to offer visa sponsorship for this role.

Salary: £39,001 - £47,000

Contract: Full time (35 hours per week), Permanent.

To apply for the position, please submit the following:

  • CV
  • Cover letter detailing your motivation, skills and experience relevant to the role

Closing Date: Thursday 28 October 2021 at 10 am. Interviews will be held during the week commencing 8 November 2021. You will be notified on the status of your application within 4 weeks of the closing date.


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