Scottish Land Commission: Development of Innovative Community Funding Models

Gain experience of working in a fast paced public policy development environment, and see your work being used in the real world. 
Stipend: £3,752 total for 3 months (3 month funding extension for ESRC students), plus expenses
Deadline for applications: 13 September 2019
About the host

SLC promotes a fair, inclusive and productive system of ownership, management and use of land that delivers greater benefit for all the people of Scotland.

Project details

Start date (or must start by): November 2019
End date (or must end by): February 2020
Location: Inverness, with some travel and opportunities for remote working
Mentor: James MacKessack-Leitch, Policy Officer 

In May the SLC published a report assessing “The Range, Nature and Applicability of Funding Models to Support Community Land Ownership.” The report identified funding models not used in Scotland, but the authors and SLC believe these models have potential to be adapted to Scottish circumstances.

The project will involve the research and development of at least two innovative funding models for a Scottish context. Specifically:

  • Founders Fund with Repayment Threshold, and
  • Impact Investing with Social Return on Impact Discount

Both models are currently used outwith Scotland to support community development and enterprise, and we believe they could be successfully adapted to the Scottish context.

If other suitable models are discovered during the course of the research consideration may be given to including them as well.

Research on the models and engagement with stakeholders will be necessary to develop the models and promote their understanding, and ultimately, use.

In terms of outputs we would expect a detailed final report, as well as initial work towards accessible and user friendly materials for wider dissemination.

Skills required
  • Candidates should have some experience in finance, and an interest in Community Ownership/Development.
  • It is essential candidates have good research skills and are committed to the project from the outset.
  • Candidates will have a significant amount of freedom in developing the project, so should be able to innovate and think critically, as well as manage their time and ensure the project is delivered on schedule.
  • Candidates will have to engage with a range of different stakeholders with differing views, and the public, throughout the project in a professional manner – a willingness to do so is essential, and previous engagement experience is desirable.
  • It is essential that candidates are able to provide detailed technical analysis for the final report.
  • Experience of communicating complex technical analysis clearly and simply, as well as writing accessible materials for a non-technical audience is desirable.

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Further information

All internships are paid positions (commensurate with Research Council doctoral stipend levels) and are normally full time, although part time working can be considered.

You will pause your PhD work for the duration of the internship and will receive an extension at the end of your research period. Students can claim up to a maximum of £2,400 (for a 3 month internship) to cover all reasonable travel and accommodation costs for the period of the internship. For example, commuting or relocation costs.

Internships are open to Social Science PhD students in Scotland regardless of funding. Please note that students with Tier 4 visas are not eligible to apply for full-time internships. 

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