Lead Editors – People and Nature

Do you work across disciplines? Are you highly motivated in advancing the publication of work across research areas? Are you interested in research exploring relationships between humans and nature? We are looking for two Lead Editors to join our team on People and Nature.

About us

The British Ecological Society (BES) is the oldest ecological society in the world and our mission is to advance ecology and make it count. We have 7,000 members around the world and support the ecological community through our journals, meetings, grants and through our education, engagement and policy work. 

Launched in 2018, People and Nature is a broad scope, multidisciplinary journal covering all aspects of the relationships between humans and the natural world. The journal aims to foster innovation and experimentation and particularly encourages submissions that stimulate debate. The journal is gradually establishing itself as a leader in the field, with a broad, international audience, an active social media presence via Twitter and a dedicated journal blog 


About you 

We are seeking two Lead Editors to join the editorial team and to continue raising the Journal’s profile worldwide. The Journal’s editorial team will consist of Editor-in-Chief, Kevin Gaston, five Lead Editors who are supported by dedicated editorial office personnel, and an international board of around 70 Associate Editors from 20 countries. The Editors work together to determine journal strategy and to increase the reputation and quality of the Journal, in addition to making decisions on around 550 manuscripts submitted each year. Further details about the Journal and its current editorial team can be found at http://people-and-nature.org/ 

To complement our Editor team, we are looking for interdisciplinary researchers whose work encompasses social sciences and/or the humanities, ecology and/or conservation research, and collaboration. Because of the Journal’s scope, applicants should have experience of working across multiple disciplines. 

The ideal candidate will be a clear communicator who works well as part of a team and a good decision-maker who acts with integrity. They will have a solid understanding of their own field of research, as well as an overview of the wider scope of the journal; experience of reviewing and editing processes; commitment to maintaining the high editorial standards of the Journal; and an interest in ongoing developments within academic publishing. 

The journal recognises the importance of a board that is as diverse as it can be to better represent the breadth of the science and scientists and, in order to maintain this diversity, we welcome applications from leading researchers of any gender and geographic locations. We also encourage those from underrepresented demographic groups and geographic regions to apply. 

This post is a part-time three-year contract (honorarium c. £3468.70 per annum, which equates to approximately €3,950 or US$4,700) and located at the holder’s host university or organisation, based anywhere in the world. Some additional financial support is available to facilitate attendance at meetings with other BES Editors and to act as an ambassador for the Journal at relevant conferences. 



Applications will close on Sunday 10 December 2023.


Interviews will be held on Monday 18 December 2023, with further interviews in January 2024.

Interested candidates are welcome to discuss the post prior to application with Editor in Chief Kevin Gaston (k.j.gaston@exeter.ac.uk), the BES Head of Product Development, Phil Dooner (philip@britishecologicalsociety.org) or any of the journal’s Lead Editors.