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Junior Economist

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What will you be doing?

As a Junior Economist you will conduct ex ante and ex post economic impact assessments for urban innovation projects.  You will research relevant evidence to demonstrate the connection between proposed solutions and desired economic impact.  In addition to a focus on economics, you will work with environmental economists and social scientists within the Impact Assessment Team to analyse the overall impact of our projects. You will build and manage a dataset containing actual performance and outcomes from our projects.  In addition, you will apply the Future Cities Catapult Impact Assessment Framework and other economic principles to evaluate the impact of our organisation on cities and the Advanced Urban Services sector.   

Key Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with our multidisciplinary team (such as data scientists) to gather evidence and data for our analyses.
  • Identify and measure potential economic impact of urban innovation projects and organisations by developing a logic model or theory of change.
  • Apply economic principles such as additionality to ensure the rigour and validity of our analyses.
  • Work with environmental scientists and social scientists within the Impact Assessment Team to analyse non-economic impact of urban solutions.
  • Communicate findings in reports and presentations.
  • Construct a database to gather performance data of urban innovations from our internal projects and external sources.

Skills & Experience

  • Degree in Economics or related discipline.
  • Relevant or demonstrable experience in a quantitative or analytical role.
  • Experience of applying frameworks for measuring economic impact in use by UK government and industry.
  • Understanding of UK guidelines and best practices on calculating economic variables such as job creation, fiscal revenue, and value of time.
  • Excellent communication skills – both verbal and written.  Ability to explain complex economic concepts.
  • Capacity to manage ambiguity in projects and offer pragmatic solutions.
  • Demonstrate a can-do and collaborative attitude.

Role Specifics

  • Experience in at least one of the following areas: urban mobility, integrated urban planning, and healthy cities.
  • Knowledge of existing datasets containing economic and city information.

Interview Dates

CV Screening – 18th August, if successful you will be contacted w/c 21st August
1st Interview – 24th or 25th August, if successful you will be contacted w/c 28th August
2nd Interview – 31st August

Want to Apply?

If you meet the requirements and are keen to join Future Cities Catapult, please apply with your CV, Covering Letter and a Portfolio via our application portal. Please ensure all three are saved in one PDF and attached under CV.

Please note: The portfolio is compulsory, either as attachment or a website. We are interested in seeing your process, so feel free to include stages of your projects. 

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