Researcher, Place-Based Transitions, London

E3G is looking for a Researcher to join its Clean Economy team. A recognised global leader in the political economy of the climate transition, E3G is looking for a skilled analyst to support our work on place-based transitions, particularly around decarbonising buildings, as the UK moves towards zero emissions. You would ideally be based in E3G’s London Office, or based in the UK and willing to travel to London flexibly.

Context and overview of role

E3G is an independent European climate change think tank with a global outlook. We work on the frontier of the climate landscape tackling the barriers and advancing the solutions to a safe climate. Our goal is to translate climate politics, economics and policies into action. E3G is consistently ranked as one of the top ten most influential environmental think tanks in the world by the University of Pennsylvania’s Global Go To Think Tank Index.

E3G values diversity and encourages applications from all suitably qualified candidates regardless of age, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or ethnic background.

A transformation to a global climate neutral economy must happen by mid-century if we are to avoid dangerous climate change. E3G’s Clean Economy programme works to make this transformation a reality. The UK is a venue of vital importance as it prepares to host the COP26 climate conference in 2021, the success of which will be enhanced by the UK having a credible domestic climate and energy programme. Gaps persist for decarbonising homes and buildings through energy efficiency and zero carbon heat solutions, while making them more resilient to climate impacts – all within an approach which is sustainable and socially just.

This Researcher role will be situated in E3G’s Clean Economy Programme. The Programme’s work encompasses place-based transitions, industrial, trade and competition policy, and energy systems transformation. The candidate will support E3G’s work in the UK around the policies, politics, governance and financing of place-based transitions – particularly around energy efficiency, heat, fuel poverty and resilience of buildings and places.

E3G coordinates numerous industry and civil society coalitions working to advance and support ambitious government decision-making related to energy efficiency and heat, and this role will help advance the priorities and campaigns coordinated through those groups. There are opportunities for the successful candidate to work on the institutional and green finance solutions needed to underpin the transition, including with our work as secretariat of the Green Finance Institute’s Coalition for the Energy Efficiency of Buildings.

Key responsibilities

  • The candidate’s main focus will be undertaking analysis, helping to develop practical policy and institutional proposals, understanding the politics of change, supporting coalition work and campaigns in order to support ambitious government decision-making.

This will include:

  • Developing robust knowledge and thinking on UK heat and buildings decarbonisation and related finance and climate policy and politics – and connected social issues – monitoring developments in this area and interpreting in them in the context of E3G’s work.
  • Helping to engage with and convene key coalitions and NGOs, businesses, investors, citizens and consumer rights groups, unions and cities as well as helping to managing relationships with these stakeholders.
  • Support with coalition campaigns, including through advocacy work, political mapping, supportive research, relationship building and maintenance, and day-to-day coalition management.
  • Producing high-quality analysis and engaging communication materials, on political, policy and governance issues on these topics, and bringing this to bear on different areas of the Clean Economy team’s work.
  • Preparing clear, accessible research and analysis outputs to inform strategies, communications, reports and presentations for internal and external use.
  • Supporting preparations and running of workshops and meetings internally and with external partners and stakeholders.
  • Occasional travel may be required.

More detail about the role and the person specification will be explored during the interview process.

Person Description

You are intellectually curious and enthusiastic about developing solutions for a fair and inclusive transition towards climate neutral and resilient economies. You are committed to high quality outputs even when under pressure and use collaboration to achieve better outcomes. You are a creative thinker and able to learn fast. You are able to reflect on your own strengths and weaknesses and work in a team of diverse personalities.

You are comfortable with complex research projects and have experience of supporting analytical processes. You are able to identify and engage with a range of external stakeholders to understand and engage with their perspectives and communicate your ideas and findings to a varied audience.

Experience and skills

The successful candidate will:

  • Have research experience – ideally across disciplines or subject areas – in a professional or academic setting or other relevant professional experience.
  • Demonstrate a keen interest in UK climate policy, politics and finance, and experience in at least one of housing, energy efficiency, heat, fuel poverty and energy policy or technical issues.
  • Have strong research, analytical and thinking skills with intellectual curiosity, and creativity and proficiency working with complex information and databases.
  • Have a decent grasp of UK politics. Personal networks at a local and/or national level in the UK would be an advantage.
  • Be a supportive, collaborative and open colleague and team player.
  • Be well organised and focused on delivering desired outputs, results and outcomes.
  • Be adept at presenting clear, accessible analysis in written form and presenting ideas clearly and credibly with colleagues.
  • Communicate very effectively in written and spoken English. A good working knowledge of at least one European Union language besides English would be an advantage.
  • Be confident engaging stakeholders in government, industry, finance and civil society.
  • Be used to operating within diverse teams, with a high degree of cultural sensitivity.

The salary range for this full-time role is £27,000 – £34,000 based on experience. E3G is open to discussing part-time and flexible working arrangements.

How to apply

Please email your application in English to Please write ‘Researcher, Place-based Transitions (London)’ as well as your first name and surname in the subject line. Please include:

  • A CV of maximum two pages;
  • A cover letter of no more than one page outlining your motivation for the job;
  • An indication of when you would be able to start.

You must have the right to work in the UK. The deadline for applications is August 15th. The first round of interviews will be conducted the week commencing August 23rd.

We will not be able to respond to every applicant. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, we will not be shortlisting you on this occasion.

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