Research Fellow (volunteer): Climate Change and Sustainability Policy in Latin America

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Recruiting Organization: Region360

Volunteer Opportunity Description: Policy Lab

This volunteer (non paid) position is managed from Washington, DC, but work can be conducted remotely. At least basic Spanish language proficiency is required; candidates must be able to read policy literature in Spanish. Candidates based in Latin America are strongly encouraged to apply.

Our volunteer Research Fellowship is targeted for those with advanced degrees and/or some work experience after college. If you are currently an undergraduate student we have volunteer opportunities as Research Assistant.

We have developed a unique fellowship program with a strong training component. Our fellowship includes dedicated training on climate change science and sustainability topics; a step-by-step training sequence to develop a topic, conduct research using scientific and policy literature, and to complete a project that meets the standards of global climate conferences and policy publications. After exposure to the basic tenets in sustainability climate change policy, Fellows have the opportunity to pursue a specialized track of training in one quantitative or qualitative skills in one or more of our research labs.

Our goal is to support the future leaders and professionals in the climate, sustainability, and development sectors.

Region360 is a small collective of researchers, engineers, policy experts, and students interested in climate change and sustainability issues in Latin America. Region360 seeks to promote healthy, sustainable, and resilient societies in Latin America, particularly as climate change challenges increasingly affect vulnerable communities in the region. A multi-disciplinary, international initiative, our program promotes climate research in Latin America by both applying analytical methods and developing educational and policy initiatives. Region360 has two axes of action: 1) the development and implementation of technical methods in climate modeling, hydrology, and environmental engineering and 2) qualitative policy research on SDG’s, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and sustainable economies in Latin America. We are currently running three research groups (labs) in the areas of policy, hydroclimatology, and water justice.

The Policy Lab:

Our Policy Lab develops research projects to analyze the conditions of environmental and sustainability policy in Latin America. Based on this landscape research and the data produced by our technical programs we aim to develop and disseminate new knowledge to promote sustainable practices in the social, enterprise, and public sectors. Our Policy Lab generates important qualitative inputs to our technical programs to inform the development of quantitative analysis informed by local realities. Currently the Policy Lab is conducting work along three broad themes: SDG’s and Agenda 2030 progress; climate change ethics and justice; and implementation of sustainable economy approaches in Latin America (LCA, industrial ecology, circular economies, green economies).

This is a great opportunity for early career professionals to develop a keener understanding of the region while developing or enhancing research skills and deepening their knowledge of climate and policy issues in Latin America. We also invite individuals with experience living, traveling, and studying in the region who have an interest in sustainability to learn more about the program. If you are a seasoned expert with decades of experience or an advanced degree in environmental/climate change/sustainability issues and would like to support Region360, please email to learn about our pro-bono Senior Research Advisor opportunities.

Desired Skills:

-Basic knowledge of academic/policy research practices

-Experience conducting literature reviews or academic bibliographic research

-Basic knowledge of global sustainability policy issues

-Superb writing and editing skills

-Advanced Spanish reading/writing skills required; experience living/traveling in Latin America a plus.

-BA in related areas required, MA a plus.


-Support the implementation of a research program in the areas of sustainability, climate change, and environmental policy in Latin America.

-Research policy issues on sustainability in Latin America.

-Develop and manage bibliographies related to climate policy, climate justice, and sustainable economies.

-Support research for communications strategy.

-Support development of case studies, policy briefs, white papers, and other educational materials.

-Other tasks related to research and content development as needed.

Applicants should submit a CV/resume, cover letter describing their interest, and a writing sample (English or Spanish) to as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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