Postdoctoral Researcher – ‘Economics of Flooding’

Whitaker Institute and J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics, NUI Galway

Ref. No. NUIG RES 112-22

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time fixed term position as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the economics of flooding with Economics and the Whitaker Institute at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

This position is funded by the Environmental Protection Agency and is available from 1st August 2022 to contract end date of 31st July 2024

Project Description:

There is an urgent need globally, regionally and locally to identify Climate Resilient Development Pathways that integrate climate mitigation and adaptation policies, together with other social, economic and environmental considerations. Climate change threatens to undermine sustainable development, while also reinforcing inequalities both locally and internationally. At the same time, particular patterns and forms of economic development will have a large bearing on attempts to mitigate climate change, while also altering exposure to current and future climate risk. Against this context, the Climate Resilient Places project will integrate engineering, economics, socio-behavioural and community-led approaches to climate resilient development to generate a significant step forward in our understanding of future risks related to climate change – specifically flood hazards – at a highly local level in Ireland; how these risks are perceived and valued, and how they interact with policies across a range of related sectors including planning, climate mitigation and adaptation, and community development. The project will identify examples of co-benefits and trade-offs between adaptation and mitigation policies, and their interaction with social, economic and environmental objectives at a highly local level. Ultimately, the project’s results will be used to develop evidence based community-led approaches to climate resilient development pathways for Ireland. The project is funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, and is based in the Whitaker Institute/Discipline of Economics at NUI Galway’s J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics.

Job Description:

The postdoctoral researcher will be employed to undertake work in the area of estimating social and economic impacts of flooding and flood risk perceptions, and contribute towards a recently awarded project in the field of Climate Resilient Development funded by the EPA. The researcher will carry out econometric and spatial analysis to assess costs and impacts of flood risk at a highly local level under various climate scenarios, as well as survey and stakeholder engagement work on risk perceptions and climate resilient development. The successful candidate will work in a multidisciplinary team with colleagues in Economics, Civil Engineering, Psychology and the Centre for Economic Research on Inclusivity and Sustainability (CERIS) at the Whitaker Institute, National University of Ireland Galway.


  • Conduct research (both independently and as part of a team) in the area of socio-economic impacts of flood risk, specifically:
    • Data construction: combining flood risk maps with various spatially referenced socio-economic datasets using GIS software
    • Data analysis: Statistical and regression analysis of the impacts and distribution of flood risks across various socio-economic indicators
    • Mapping and data visualisation: Creating maps and other outputs to present data and results from the research in visual form
  • Contribute to the writing of scientific papers and reports for international journals and progress reporting to other researchers and industry partners.
  • Assist with the coordination of research activities and actively contribute to research outputs to meet project milestones.
  • Participate in and/or present at conferences and/or workshops relevant to the project as required.

Qualifications/Skills required:

Essential Requirements:

  • A PhD (or be near to completion of a PhD) in Economics
  • Demonstrated experience with econometric analysis of large datasets
  • Demonstrated experience of GIS software and spatial analysis techniques
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team, collaborate across disciplines and build effective relationships.
  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills in English.

Desirable Requirements:

  • Demonstrated experience of high-quality research in the economics of flooding or climate resilient development
  • Expertise in at least one of the following areas: real estate/housing economics, regional or spatial economics, urban economics
  • Experience designing and carrying out surveys or experimental methods in economics
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research with limited supervision.
  • Demonstrated track record of publications and conference presentations relative to opportunity.

Salary: €39,522 – €41,941 per annum pro rata for shorter and/or part-time contracts (public sector pay policy rules pertaining to new entrants will apply).

Start date: Position is available from 1st August 2022

Continuing Professional Development/Training:

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To Apply:

Applications to include a covering letter, CV, and the contact details of three referees should be sent, via e-mail (in word or PDF only) to Dr Tom McDermott

Please put reference number NUIG RES 112-22 in subject line of e-mail application.


Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm on the 27th May 2022

Interviews are planned to be held week commencing 7th June 2022 

We reserve the right to re-advertise or extend the closing date for this post.

National University of Ireland, Galway is an equal opportunities employer.

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