This 2-year Fellowship within NYSERDA’s Energy and Environmental Analysis (EEA) team will support the development of a new research area for NYSERDA: An Engaged Social Sciences Research Program (E-SSRP) to study the social dimensions of an equitable and inclusive transition in a manner that centers the lived experiences of underserved and overburdened communities and prioritizes beneficial outcomes for disadvantaged communities.
A critical component of New York’s RGGI-funded program on Equity and Climate Transformation Research, this effort builds on the broad recognition of the need for greater contribution from the social sciences, including in recent reports from the National Academies and the IPCC, as well as New York’s Climate Act Disadvantaged Communities Barriers and Opportunities Report, which calls on State agencies to ensure that they have the capacity to support policy co-design processes with communities by producing knowledge through multi-disciplinary research partnerships that draw on diverse forms of expertise.
It is anticipated that the E-SSRP will:
Enhance NYSERDA’s capacity to develop rigorous and objective research drawing on multiple standpoints and perspectives
Support the articulation and realization of community-determined beneficial outcomes
Prioritize innovative social sciences and humanities (SSH) approaches
Foster collaborative research partnerships between academia, civil society, communities, and government
Involve close collaboration between NYSERDA’s Energy and Environmental Analysis (EEA) and Energy and Climate Equity (ECE) teams
Support initial planning, program design, and execution activities across all aspects of the E-SSRP
Review and catalog relevant literature, institutional precedents, and research activities
Plan and facilitate research workshops, symposia, brown bags, and other programming
Provide peer review of analytic work product
Support development, scoping, contracting, and oversight of various research projects
Foster multi-stakeholder collaboration among NYSERDA teams, government agencies, external researchers, and community organizations
Perform other responsibilities as assigned
2 years of energy, climate, environmental, or social justice experience
Strong analytical, research and communication skills
Ability to initiate independent projects and work across disciplines
Demonstrated problem-solving ability, resourcefulness, adaptability, and an instinct for surfacing valuable and pragmatic solutions
Team player with strong interpersonal skills
Meticulous attention to detail; strong planning and critical thinking skills with the ability to anticipate needs of key stakeholders
Enthusiasm for public service
Master’s or Ph.D. graduates with superior academic performance
Experience and/or familiarity with a range of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, ranging from ethnography and action research to socio-demographics and modeling.
Substantial familiarity with the state of the science in key areas such as energy justice, socio-technical transition, community-based research, deep decarbonization,
An advanced degree in an interdisciplinary field, with a focus on climate change, energy transition, and social sciences or related areas
Experience working with governance institutions, non-governmental groups, community-based organizations, and research institutions in the context of climate, environmental, or social justice issues.
The salary range is $64,718 – $84,204. Candidates will be considered based on qualifications and experience. An excellent benefits package is offered.
Please submit one file that includes both your cover letter and resume here.