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FIDELIO is a research project funded by the European Research Council. The research team of the project is collecting a large volume of social data capturing social impacts of European Protected Areas. We are looking for a research associate to join our team for 6 months (0.5 FTE). Main responsibilites of the research associate will be the collection and analysis of quantitative (structured questionnaires) and qualitative (interviews) social data from key stakeholders in the Black Forest National Park area (Germany).

Due to the current situation the researcher would be expected to work mainly from home. Significant part of the fieldwork will also be done by distance (e.g. online surveys, interviews via Skype). 

Essential skills: PhD (or near completion) in environmental sociology, environmental policy, human geography or similar research area, knowledge of main theories regarding human-nature interaction, experience in analysing qualitative social data, fluent in German language. 

Desirable skills: experience in using NVivo software

The researcher will be employed via the Temporary Employment Service of Cambridge University (equivalent to a Grade 7 salary scale) 

If you are interested in this post please send your CV with a short coverletter at: 

Please note the succesful candidate will need to provide the necessary legal evidence of right to work in the UK. For more info please visit:



Recent publications and reports

Nikoleta Jones, James McGinlay, Angela Jones et al. (2021) COVID-19 and protected areas: Impacts, conflicts and possible management solutions, Conservation Letters, e12800


Vassilis Gkoumas, James McGinlay, Andreas Kontoleon, Nikoleta Jones (2021) National Park of East Macedonia and Thrace, Greece: Exploring local perceptions of the National Park and its social impacts. Fidelio report no. 4  


James McGinlay, Vassilis Gkoumas, Jens Holtvoeth et al. (2020) The Impact of COVID-19 on the management of European Protected Areas and Policy Implications, Forests, 11 (11) 1214


Jens Holtvoeth, Nikoleta Jones (2020) Eifel National Park: Exploring views of local residents on the National Park and the impact of COVID-19. Fidelio report no. 3


Jones N., Graziano M., Dimitrakopoulos P.G. (2020) Social impacts of European Protected Areas and policy recommendations. Environmental Science and Policy, 112, 134-140


Jones N., Malesios C., Kantargis A., Dimitrakopoulos P.G. (2020) The role of location and social impacts of Protected Areas on subjective wellbeing. Environmental Research Letters, In press


Jones N., McGinlay J. (2020). The impact of COVID-19 restrictions on local communities of Peak District National Park and management options during the pandemic. Fidelio Report no. 2