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The Resolution Foundation is looking for a thoughtful and committed individual to lead our work on the economics of trade.

The UK’s departure from the European Union constitutes the largest change in the UK’s international trading arrangements for a generation, and this will have profound effects across the UK’s regions, sectors, labour markets and households. Changes in trading arrangements associated with Brexit have substantially raised trade costs vis a vis the EU, and may in the future permit the costs of trade with other parts of the world to fall. Significant decisions about future trading relationships within and beyond Europe are to stay as central features of UK economic policy debates. Those decisions should reflect the major implications they have for workers, firms and households’ living standards. Successful adjustment to shifting trade policy and trade patterns also requires the right policies relating to skills, regions, innovation, macroeconomics, the labour market and the tax and benefits system.

This key new senior role within the Foundation’s research team will focus on how the levers in trade policy can best be used, in conjunction with other policies, to improve the living standards of UK households, particularly those on low-to-middle incomes. Work will include both rigorous research, analysis of existing government policy and the development of realistic proposals for policy change.

The role would suit an individual with the ability to conduct economic and policy analysis independently at an advanced level. This ability should be at a level consistent with that obtained from significant experience working in government, think tanks and/or applied academic research, along with university level training in associated disciplines (or equivalent experience gained in another context). While formal training is not a prerequisite, a high degree of economic literacy is essential for this job.

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate detailed knowledge of the policy challenges associated with net zero (or the aptitude to acquire this knowledge quickly), the understanding to situate research finding in their policy context, and the ability to communicate the results to a wide range of stakeholders, verbally and in writing. A proven track record for delivering research impact and/or policy change is also essential.The Foundation prides itself on analytical rigour, and we strive to achieve standards of excellence in
all our work. This commitment is matched by dedication to our core purpose, working to improve the living standards of those on low-to-middle incomes. These twin pillars of rigour and purpose underpin everything we do. We are a fast-paced organisation, focused on responding to the current economic crisis as well as contributing to crucial longer-term public policy debates. The capability to work at pace on several different projects concurrently and a strong desire to progress within an academically-rigorous and policy-engaged research team are essential.The Resolution Foundation welcomes applications from all under-represented communities and groups. As part of our commitment to increasing diversity within both our own work force and the economic policy making sector, we offer pre-application discussions to Black, Asian and other Minority Ethnic candidates and all candidates with disabilities who would like to speak to someone about the role in advance. Please contact for more details.

We also offer the option for Black, Asian and other Minority Ethnic candidates and all candidates with disabilities to opt into a guaranteed interview scheme if they meet the essential requirements. Please tick the box during the application process if you would like to opt in to the guaranteed interview scheme.

Closing date: 08:59 on 17 March 2021
First and second interviews will be held week commencing 22 and 29 March 2021

For more information on how to apply, please download our application pack.

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