Canadian Science Policy Fellowship

Location: Victoria
Hosted by: Ministry of Agriculture
Required language(s): English
Climate change is already impacting the agriculture sector in British Columbia. The BC Ministry of Agriculture and the BC Agriculture and Food Climate Action Initiative have made significant progress in identifying agricultural adaptation priorities in recent years. However, understanding of actual adaptation practice adoption rates and determinants of adoption remains unclear. It is necessary to gain a better understanding of the opportunities and barriers to adaptation practice adoption, for example how regulations and policy impact BC producers’ ability to adapt to climate change. This is key to designing programs and policies to increase adaptation practices adoption in BC.

Areas of investigation may include:
Investigating and identifying the determinants of adaptation practice adoption - why some producers adopt adaptation practices and others do not – and evaluating how policy tools can be used to increase the rate of climate adaptation practices adoption;
Reviewing impacts of the policy and regulatory regime on agricultural businesses in BC to better understand its relationship to agricultural adaptation; evaluating for coordination, flexibility, consistency, and transparency;
Evaluating the co-benefits of adaptation and mitigation and what role co-benefits play in adoption of adaptation practices;
Evaluating the role of the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) in climate change adaptation and co-benefits of ALR for local extreme events mitigation.
Policy ActivitiesThe fellow would work closely with the Ministry of Agriculture’s Climate Action team in Victoria, with regular reporting and engagement through meetings, discussions, and sharing interim research products. The fellow would be positioned at the nexus of public policy (regional, provincial, national), field-based expertise (agrologists and producers), integrated adaptation programming (the Climate Action Initiative), and academic knowledge of adaptation to climate change (through research collaborations and networks).

The type of policy engagement and activities that the fellow may undertake include:
Managing critical reviews of current scientific literature for the Ministry;
Leading analysis, publication and dissemination of results in scientific reports;
Leading policy review, identifying successes or deficiencies in current policies;
Evaluating programming and advising senior management on future research requirements and/or policy direction;
Leading presentation of findings to the Executive Director and Deputy Minister.
Required expertiseThe fellow would have a diverse skill-set and interdisciplinary background in order to leverage knowledge and expertise across the sector (from science, industry, and the public service);
A PhD in Agricultural science, land and food systems, land use planning, environmental studies, geography, resource management, soil science or a related field;
Experience working with diverse stakeholders through collaboration and/or consultation;
Experience conducting meetings, speaking publicly, and producing high quality publications;
An ability to work independently, define appropriate project scope, and manage time and project milestones effectively.
Desirable qualificationsThe ideal candidate would also have:
Knowledge and expertise in BC food system and climate change impacts;
Policy knowledge and/or experience.