Accepting Applications: Post-Doctoral Fellowship with the Global China Initiative

Boston University’s Global Development Policy Center is seeking a post-doctoral fellow for a research project on the implications of Chinese foreign investment on global biodiversity, land-use change, and indigenous people.

The position offers the unique opportunity to work with a novel, integrated database of Chinese overseas investment in order to examine the implications of such investment on land-use change, biodiversity, and livelihoods.

Successful candidates will come to Boston University for all or part of the 2020/21 academic year to engage with this project and pursue their own related research agenda.  They will also demonstrate a strong interest in being involved with ongoing research on overseas foreign investment as a driver of social and environmental change.

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in conservation biology, environmental science, economics, computer science,
  • Statistics, or a related field with a strong quantitative focus.
  • Open-source spatial data processing and visualization skills;
  • Ecosystem service mapping skills
  • Rigorous impact evaluation skills
  • Knowledge of or interest in Chinese policy and language
  • Familiarity with key theoretical frameworks in economics or quantitative social sciences.

Interested applicants can contact Professor Kevin P. Gallagher ( with their CV, a short letter of interest that includes a statement of research interests, two publications, and contact information of two references.

Review of applications will begin January 20, 2020. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Boston University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.