Are you passionate about economics, the environment, and building a green economy? Are you a self-starter who wants to have an impact? Are you an excellent researcher, with experience in quantitative analysis?

The Smart Prosperity Institute (SPI) is hiring a new Research Associate (RA) in Resource and Environmental Economics. SPI is Canada’s leading green economy research institute and think tank, based at University of Ottawa.  SP turns world-class research into a high impact policy change for clean growth and innovation.  Our Research Associates will work with SP’s research team, its global network of academic experts, and its business leaders group on a range of environment-economy research issues, such as: clean innovation, circular economy, pollution pricing, climate policy, incentives for nature conservation, and how smart policies can drive clean growth in different sectors (agriculture, mining, manufacturing, building trades, energy, etc).  In addition to research, the RA will be involved in SPI’s events, communications and policy change work.

The Research Associate assists in the background economic research, data analysis, and mobilization and translation of knowledge from Canadian and international academics and researchers, and assists in the production of high-quality research reports and policy briefs, to support the adoption of innovative research findings in public policies to drive clean growth and clean innovation. 

Title: Research Associate – Resource and Environmental Economics
LocationSmart Prosperity Institute, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Number of Positions: Up to 2 positions may be offered, depending on suitability of candidates
Start dateas soon as possible



Research, writing and strategy

  1. Assists the Research Network Manager and Director of Research in the economic research, data analysis, and writing of high quality original publications, reports, and policy briefs to ensure Smart Prosperity Institute becomes a highly visible, credible and effective voice on clean growth and clean innovation in Canada.
  2. Assists in the “translation” of academic research by the SPI Research Network into reports and policy products (i.e. SPI Policy Briefs) that will reach policy makers and inform the development of market-based instruments and other innovative policy approaches to advance environmental and economic goals.
  3. Assists as needed in internal and external review processes ensure high quality research products. 


Data Analysis for Policy Research Planning & Outreach

  1. Tracks major trends in academic research and available economic data sources, in Canada and globally, to inform SPI’s work and ensure our academic and policy research remains academically and policy-relevant. 
  2. Assists SPI’s Research Network Manager and Director of Research by undertaking initial analyses of quantitative data sources and producing background reports to help catalyze new research initiatives among SPI’s network of leading Canadian and International academic experts in economics and environmental policy.

Communications, outreach and partnerships

  1. Assists in the execution of communications strategies for upcoming research products, including, as needed, presenting research findings at SPI events, and writing communications material to achieve high reach and impact.
  2. Assists the Research Network Manager and Director of Research in effectively engaging the members of our Canadian and International economics and environmental policy academic research networks.
  1. Helps strengthen SPI’s partnerships (with governments, businesses, and civil society) and fundraising efforts by assisting with background research and proposal writing, etc. 

Knowledge, Experience and Skills

The work requires:

  • Graduate level (Masters or Ph.D.*) degree, preferably in environmental, natural resource, or agricultural economics, or a related field with sound theoretical and practical knowledge of economics and environmental issues.

  • Very strong written research, writing and analytical thinking skills. 
  • Experience with quantitative research and economic data analysis methods.
  • Capacity to work on a number of projects simultaneously, with delivery of high-quality outcomes. 

  • Capacity to initiate and manage projects with minimal supervision.
  • Relevant work experience in the environment, innovation or natural resources areas (e.g. on policy, finance, economic analysis) would be an asset. 

  • Bilingualism (French/English) would be an asset.


*Note that for interested candidates with a Ph.D., it may be possible to explore a Post-Doc position with SPI at the University of Ottawa as opposed to an RA position.  Please indicate in your cover letter if this is an option you would like to explore.


Please send your CV and a cover letter that demonstrates how you meet the competencies above to jobs@smartprosperity.ca, including the job title in both the email subject line and cover letter. The deadline for applications is August 9, 2019. Applications will be reviewed as they arrive and this position may be filled prior to August 9, 2019, if the right candidate is found.


Smart Prosperity Institute (formerly Sustainable Prosperity) is a national research network and policy think tank based at the University of Ottawa. We deliver world-class research and work with public and private partners – all to advance practical policies and market solutions for a stronger, cleaner economy.

Learn more at institute.smartprosperity.ca