Postdoctoral Researcher in Economics and Policy of Prairie Wetland Management

Monday, August 21, 2017

Prairie WaterSave is a project funded by the Global Water Futures Program at the University of Saskatchewan focused on improving sustainable water management and enhancing water resilience under a changing climate for Prairie communities. Dr. Ken Belcher, Professor Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to focus on examining the economics and policy of prairie wetland management and informing future wetland policy development. This is a full-time research position limited to a term ending on March 31, 2019.

The research will focus on the management, conservation, retention and restoration of prairie wetlands in western Canada with a focus on integrating costs and benefits of alternative wetland management with information on wetland functions to inform policy options in target landscapes. Prior experience with modelling of economic processes and ecosystem service valuation will be considered necessary, experience with spatially explicit data and geographic information system (GIS) databases will be considered an asset.

Applicants must have Ph.D. in a relevant applied economics field (e.g., agricultural economics, natural resource economics, ecological economics). The applicant should be comfortable working with researchers from other disciplines and able to integrate knowledge and methods to meet project objectives. The researcher will work under direct supervision of Dr. Belcher but will be expected to interact with the broader multi-disciplinary project team and partners in government and industry.

English proficiency is required and the successful applicant will demonstrate excellent English writing and oral communication skills.

Interested applicants should submit applications, in one consolidated file, by email to  Dr. Ken Belcher ( including a cover letter outlining their fit with this position, a copy of their CV and the names and contact information for three people who can be approached for a reference. The successful Postdoctoral fellow will hold their academic appointment with the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Saskatchewan.

Direct any questions about this opportunity by email to Dr. Ken Belcher (



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