Welsh Government PhD Placement: Management and Protection of Protected Sites in Wales

Deadline for submission of applications: 20th December 2023@ 13:00hrs

Welsh Government is seeking a PhD candidate for a placement opportunity with The Interim Environmental Protection Assessor for Wales (IEPAW). The IEPAW is responsible for reviewing concerns about the functioning of environmental law in Wales; where warranted, the IEPAW may prepare reports on the functioning of the law for the Welsh Ministers. The IEPAW is part of an interim process in Wales until a permanent body to oversee compliance with environmental law is developed. Its focus is on the functioning of environmental law, not on breaches of that law.

Purpose of the Post

The post-holder will be responsible for assisting the IEPAW with preparation of a report on the legislative framework for protected sites in Wales, which will be delivered to Welsh Ministers regarding the functioning of environmental law in Wales.

Concerns about the functioning of environmental law fall into three broad categories:

  1. The law no longer delivers its intended objectives and outcomes, either because it is outdated, or it no longer functions in a way which protects the environment
  2. Guidance or information about the law is not accessible. The quality and availability of information or guidance impedes deliverability or operability for users.
  3. Practical delivery of the law is impeded. Where there are improvements which could be incorporated as a result of advances in science or technology or where barriers exist which frustrate or prevent practical delivery of law.

Key Tasks

Key duties will include:

  • Carrying out research on relevant legislation, guidance and information on protected sites, ensuring that all information is documented in a clear, cohesive and concise manner.
  • Analysis of data and evidence pertaining to protected sites.
  • Assisting with a review of relevant issues, including best practice in other countries and other jurisdictions.
  • Analysis of complex information, and evidence and identifying potential evidence gaps.
  • Drafting clear, concise summaries of findings which will form the basis of the report which will be presented to the Welsh Ministers.
  • Participating in meetings and events with colleagues, including stakeholders from external organisations.
  • Assimilation and coordination of expert evidence received, taking notes of evidence provided in oral evidence sessions, workshops, and seminars.

Please not that an academic background in law is required for this post.

For further information about the role and details of how to apply please download the following document:

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