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Post-doctoral Researcher, SMARTS-SERD
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Field of study
Transforming world: Changing Demand lifestyle, human wellbeing
April 27, 2022
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Tel no. (66-2) 524-5056
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Post-doctoral Researcher
South and South-east Asia Multidiciplinary Applied Research Network on Transforming Societies of Global South (SMARTS@SERD)
School of Environment, Resources and Development


Accountable to the Centre- South and South-east Asia Multidisciplinary Applied Research Network on Transforming Societies of Global South (SMARTS@SERD-AIT), the PDF/Researcher will carry out research activities conducted by AIT for multiple research projects.


The Institute: The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), founded in 1959, is an autonomous, non-profit, international, postgraduate educational institution. The Institute offers degree and non-degree programs in three Schools. AIT promotes technological change and sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region through higher education, research and outreach. AIT has become a leading regional postgraduate institution and is actively working with public and private sector partners throughout the region and with some of the top universities in the world. It offers Master and Doctoral degrees, diploma and certificate programs in engineering, science, planning and management, and serves over 2,000 students from various countries across Asia and beyond. Teaching faculty, researchers and students from more than 45 countries form a unique international community on the Institute’s beautifully-landscaped residential campus, situated 42 km north of Bangkok. For more information about the institute, please visit


The objective of the newly started Centre is to “Study the impact of multilevel changes including climate change and other socio-technical changes on various societal scales in South and South-East Asia from a multidisciplinary perspective and influence global discourse by promoting scientific voices from global South highlighting unique challenge, equity, justice and regional niches in line with special focus on SDG 12 and its intersectoral linkage with other Sustainable Development Goals.” In line with this objective the Center and affiliated researchers undertake research on investigating the impact of climate change and other socio-technical global changes in transforming societies in South and South-East Asia from a multidisciplinary perspective with a focus on the five thematic areas: i)Infrastructure: Risks and Resilience, ii) Transforming world: Changing Demand, lifestyle, human wellbeing, iii) New Technologies:  Social Innovation and service provision , iv) Equity and Justice: in Sustainable Development & Transforming societies, v) Communication for Social Change and Transformation. The activities of the Centre include original research; knowledge creation and outreach through expert consulting for decision and policy support and building regional research network and capacities.

Job Description:

Scientific community has been arguing theoretically and empirically for quite long time that income growth is insufficient to measure societal welfare and individual wellbeing. Comprehensive analysis of changes in resource demand which is brought by technological innovation and social change is extremely important. There are various metrics which are used to represent these changes and wellbeing. Sustainable developmental goals (SDGs) provide a working framework for near term for representing various dimensions of sustainable development and has wellbeing for all as the core concept, however need to be revisited while planning for a longer time horizon. To develop more sustainable consumption pattern in future it  is important to understand what drives demand for services which are among the constituents of wellbeing. A typical approach to model individual preferences/behaviour is within market incentives structures. But there is multiple non market drivers also that shape individual preferences. The postdoc position is therefore expected to further develop insights and methods to capture what is shaping demand dynamically in the fast-growing economies of the South Asia and South East Asian region looking at the interaction and decomposition of infrastructure access, technological access and socio-cultural factors acknowledging the challenge of global net zero CO2 emission goal by the mid-century.

There are familiar discussions around “environmental” and “climate” justice and more recent issue of “just transitions” following the call for accelerating climate mitigation by all and the need for transformative changes. Embraced by activists, academics, and policymakers over many years, these earlier framings have successfully placed the needs and aspirations of low-income and minority communities on national and global policy agendas. The postdoc position is expected to explore grounded, lived experiences, grassroot, bottom-up solutions and inclusionary participatory framework to enhance legitimacy and acceptance for any transformative change. The post-doc will need to constantly frame the study within the larger objective of the centre’s work, other global efforts and a variety of modelling groups together with a dynamic team of researchers from the centre and AIT and will be supervised by Prof Joyashree Roy, Director of the Centre with support from Deputy Directors of the Centre Dr. Indrajit Pal and Dr. Joyee S Chatterjee.


  • Doctoral degree in Economics with demonstrable skills in quantitative modelling and analysis applied in the fields of environment, energy, climate change, sustainable development problems
  • Record of good quality high impact factor Journal publications
  • Experience with bottom-up modelling/accounting models/demand-side modelling/ modelling socio-economic behaviour/econometric modelling/economy wide  modelling/energy modelling
  • Strong interests in methodological and applied research
  • Familiarity with transformative changes and their drivers expected in various sustainable development scenarios within the region and globally
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English and preferably proficiency in at least one local language of any of the South Asian and South East Asian region to be able to engage with the social groups/communities
  • Excellent communication skills and interest in translating research ideas and findings for the benefit of non-academic stakeholders (e.g. managers and policymakers, through  blog posts, newspaper Op Eds, besides producing high impact factor peer reviewed journal articles)
  • The ability to work independently and as a team player, i.e., willingness to interact intensively with scientific colleagues with multicultural background and other diversity and the institutional/country  and multidisciplinary partners of the centre.
  • Ability to conceptualise research themes and conduct systematic literature research,  write project and assessment reports
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision and respect deadlines
  • Ability to work flexibly according to the needs of the project
  • Proven organizational skills and large team work experience
  • Lead and work jointly on academic papers for publication in peer reviewed Journals, organise and lead research meeting, workshops

Compensation and Benefits:

The initial appointment is for one year and is renewable up to the maximum period of three years based on performance and funding availability. The salary offered to the successful candidate is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Additional benefits include provident fund and medical benefits as per AIT’s policies and procedures.

Please send your application with the following to the following email address:

(1) full curriculum vitae, (2) two peer reviewed publications in related area (3) short letter of motivation related to this post (3) names and addresses of two referees who can assess the professional candidacy of the applicant.

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