Environmental Economist Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

Environmental Economist

CefasCentre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science
Closing date: 21 Feb 2018


Lowestoft, Eastern, NR33 0HT

Job description


Cefas is a world leader in marine science and technology, providing innovative solutions for the aquatic environment. We are the most diverse centre for applied marine and freshwater science and research, covering an unrivaled breadth of specialist areas to provide a fully integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to all our customers’ needs. The agency began its life in 1902 at Lowestoft and now employs around 530 people. Our professional scientists, technicians and project managers deliver excellent science across the marine sector, including fisheries, marine ecology, water chemistry, oceanography, aquaculture, environmental economics and coastal geomorphology.

Cefas offers the following benefits package:

  • Very strong emphasis on career pathways and training
  • Excellent pay, set within the pay band according to skills and experience
  • Flexible working
  • 25 days of annual leave increasing by one day for each year of service up to 30 days
  • An outstanding reputation locally and internationally
  • Civil Service Pension scheme (alpha)
  • Extensive Civil Service discounts through CSSC and MyLifeStyle schemes


The purpose of this job is to contribute to the provision of advice and science related to the economics of the marine environment. The post-holder will draw on existing activities in Cefas which make use of the results of economic analysis and valuation of economic services in UK shelf seas and will develop the integration of social science and economic considerations into the advisory process to support our government customers. This is of strategic importance to Cefas and the post holder will support a growing area of study in marine environmental science, particularly to support UK objectives to ensure good environmental status of the marine environment.

The core team of Cefas’ economists participate in national (UK) and Internationally funded research, and other collaborations, including academia – for example, through the Collaborative Centre for the Sustainable Use of the Seas, Cefas holds a strategic alliance with the University of East Anglia, and CSERGE.


You will provide mainly theoretical, but also technical, support to the socio-economic research programmes, and collaborate with other teams to provide advice on natural capital and ecosystem services project/study design and analysis.
You must be outgoing, flexible, and capable of undertaking a range of activities in support of the Social and Economic Assessment Team.

Duties will include:

  • Design, management, and analysis of research projects/studies on coastal and marine natural capital and ecosystem services valuation in the Social and Economic Assessment team and provide relevant support across Cefas.
  • Review of and supervision of research projects/studies on coastal and marine natural capital and ecosystem services valuation.
  • Lead and contribute to the development and application of environmental economics valuation tools.
  • Manage and deliver research and consultancy work with government departments (in the UK (e.g. Defra), but also abroad), or within the EU research opportunities, the UK Research Councils and public sector, or the private sector.
  • Working across Cefas and with other research and academic institutions to enhance existing relationships, identify and gather the data required by current and future environmental economics studies, and provide support in data management and analysis.
  • Theoretical and applied research to improve the accounting and management of the marine natural capital, including the extraction, compilation, and analysis of data from local, national, and international databases.
  • Publish in internationally peer-reviewed papers.
  • Represent Cefas at national and international conferences/workshops/meetings to enhance the profile and reputation of the function.


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