Lecturer (Teaching) in Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency  

This position is a key appointment within the Institute for Sustainable Resources (ISR). The post holder will significantly strengthen ISR’s teaching and research capacity in strategies for circular economies and re-source efficiency.

The postholder will play an important role in our successful MSc in Sustainable Resources: Economics, Policy and Transitions.

The Sustainable Resources MSc provides students with the tools to work towards more sustainable, efficient, equitable and circular resource use. This degree equips students with the skills and knowledge to become leaders in a field that is increasingly critical to business, policymakers and civil society around at the global and local levels. Students benefit from a truly interdisciplinary-nary approach to the economics, policies and strategies of sustainable resources and first-hand experience from leading experts in the areas of the circular economy, resource efficiency and sustainable resource management. The programme has an international cohort of 50-70 students per year, with surveys indicating a very high student satisfaction. We are looking for an individual with the capacity and desire to further improve our educational offer.

Duties and responsibilities:


  • Make a significant contribution to the MSc in Sustainable Resources: Economics, Policy and Transitions, including leading or contributing to a module on Industrial Symbiosis and/or potentially developing their own module over time.
  • Contribute to theory, research design and/or methods training as part of the dissertation module.
  • Contribute to teaching on other modules and programmes as appropriate
  • Supervision of students at postgraduate level.
  • Develop research-led learning and teaching strategies in accordance with UCL’s Connected Curriculum.
  • Develop and apply innovative and appropriate teaching techniques and materials that create interest, understanding and enthusiasm amongst students.
  • Transfer knowledge including practical re-search skills, methods and techniques
  • Set, mark and assess work and examinations and provide students with feedback.
  • Challenge thinking, foster debate and develop the ability of students to engage in critical discourse and rational thinking
  • Provide pastoral care and support to students
  • Take on increasing responsibility for admissions and the rigorous and fair selection of students with the aim of eventually becoming admissions tutor for the MSc Sustainable Resources: Economics, Policy and Transitions
  • Take on gradually more responsibility with regard to surveying module leads' needs for assistance and the recruitment and management of postgraduate teaching assistants
  • Continuous professional development as a teacher and application as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


  • Develop their own research agenda on circular economy, resource efficiency and/or related fields; and develop synergies with their teaching activities.
  • Work with other ISR staff to develop and strengthen our research themes and groups.
  • Enhance the ISR’s international reputation by presenting at national and international conferences and events.
  • Seek ways of maximising the social, policy and economic impact of research through engaging with stakeholders beyond academia.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as in teams, in interdisciplinary and multicultural environments.

Engagement and networking activities

  • Active identification of and development of relations with industry partners at the cutting edge of sustainable industry and organisation of site visits.
  • Development of promotional content for the MSc programme.
  • Potentially development of philanthropic sources of scholarships for students less likely to attend otherwise.

Management and citizenship roles

  • Develop and lead internal and external networks
  • Undertake citizenship roles within ISR and BSEER as required
  • Willingness to participate in appropriate Institute, School and/ or Faculty committees
  • Attend relevant academic and coordination meetings
  • Contribute to the coordination of tasks associated with teaching and external engagement activities.

In addition, the post holder will be expected:

  • To actively follow and UCL policies including Equal Opportunities policies and be expected to give consideration within their role as to how they can actively advance equality of opportunity and good relations between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
  • The post holder has a responsibility to carry out their duties in a resource efficient way and actively support UCL’s Sustainability Strategy, policies and objectives within the remit of their role.
  • To maintain an awareness and observation of fire and health and safety regulations.
  • The above list is not exclusive or exhaustive and the post holder will be required to undertake such duties as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

The successful candidate will need to meet UCL’s expectations of core behaviours as outlined in https://www.ucl.ac.uk/human-resources/policies-advice/core-behaviours-framework

As duties and responsibilities change the job description will be reviewed and amended in consultation with the post holder.

The Bartlett and BAME

The Bartlett is committed to increasing the racial diversity of our staff. As part of this effort, we are trialling a scheme to automatically grant interviews to BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) applicants who meet all of the essential criteria for this post. If you are a BME applicant and wish to be considered for the automatic interview scheme please indicate this on your application under the section where we ask for “any other skills, achievements, experience or information, relevant to the role, which you would like to be considered.” Remember to also detail how you meet the essential criteria in your application.

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