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23 January 2020

Funded PhD Project at UCL STEaPP, London

Policy Development in Practice: Tools and Innovation for Integrating Knowledge Types (EPSRC funded)

University College London (UCL), Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) is looking for PhD applications (including a 2-page proposal) on the topic of ‘Policy Development in Practice: Tools and Innovation for Integrating Knowledge Types’.

The overarching research question to be addressed with this PhD project is therefore: how do policy analysts integrate effectively in practice? Potential subsidiary areas of interest include:

  • What methods are used to integrate different types of knowledge within policy teams?
  • What are some of the recent influential innovations in analytic practices?
  • What challenges are encountered in knowledge integration?
  • What makes employed methods credible or perceived as legitimate
  • How easily are integrative methods learnt and adopted?

The specific research aims, purpose and questions should be shaped by the PhD candidate’s interests. Drawing on UCL STEaPP’s ongoing programme of work, we propose to begin with a research pilot focusing on UK-specific experiences, although there is scope to explore non-UK and international perspectives. The UCL STEaPP faculty has access to data sources via both UK and international policy profession streams and ‘innovation labs’ (and their analytical training and best practice events).

Funding Notes

Full EPSRC studentship available, covering fees plus a topped-up stipend of £23,186 per annum (2020/21 figure).
To apply for EPSRC funding you must have settled status in the UK and have been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the Studentship.

Application deadline: 28 February 2020. more

23 January 2020

Research Associate ‘Emergence and Evolution of Next Generation Services’

The Loughborough University is seeking to appoint a Research Associate in Quantitative Methods to work on the research project ‘Emergence and Evolution of Next Generation Services’. This collaborative project between Loughborough University’s School of Social Sciences and Humanities and School of Business and Economics is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The project is part of the UK Research and Innovation “Next Generation Services Challenge” and bridges two existing research groups:  Technology Driven Next Generation Insurance (TECHNGI) in Loughborough University and Next Generation Professional Service Firms at the University of Sheffield.

Candidates should be passionate quantitative researchers who can further our understanding of how AI is fostering new types of professional services and transforming the composition of the existing service sector.

Fixed-term until March 2021.
Package: Specialist and Supporting Academic Research Grade 6 from £30,942 – £40,322 per annum. Subject to annual pay award.

Informal enquiries should be made by email to Michiel van Meeteren at M.Van-Meeteren@lboro.ac.uk.

Application Closing Date:  16 February 2020.

Interviews will be held during the week beginning 9 March 2020.

Click here for more details.

22 January 2020

Professor in economy at the Université Paris Nanterre

The Université Paris-Nanterre is looking to recruit an Professor in economy featuring environmental economics and macroeconomy.

Interested candidates can submit their CV as well as an abstract by the 20 February, 2020

Further details can be found here.

20 January 2020

Assistant Professor in Human Geography at the London School of Economics (LSE)

The LSE is looking to recruit an Assistant Professor in Human Geography to complement and extend the existing strengths of the Urbanisation, Planning and Development cluster in the Department of Geography and Environment, one of the leading geography departments in the world as ranked by the QS World University Subject Rankings 2019.

The salary scale starts at £55,974 per annum (pay award pending) and the salary scale can be found on the LSE website.

Candidates should have;

  • a completed PhD or submitted their PhD in geography or a related discipline by the time of interview and research interests in any sub-field of human geography
  • a track record or trajectory of internationally excellent publications
  • the ability to teach human geography at graduate and undergraduate and levels

In addition, expertise in race, gender, class or sexuality, urban and social justice, infrastructure, violence, or urban environmental issues is desirable.

To apply for this post, please go to www.lse.ac.uk/LSEJobs.  Should you have any queries about the role, please email s.colegate@lse.ac.uk.

The closing date for receipt of applications: Sunday 16th February 2020 (23.59 UK time). Any late applications will not be considered.

Interview date is Tuesday 17th March 2020, with Presentations to be given on Monday 16th March 2020.

Further details can be found here.

17 January 2020

Deputy Director at Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities (CFE), OECD

The OECD is a global economic forum working with 36 member countries and more than 100 emerging and developing economies to make better policies for better lives. The Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities (CFE) is the focal point for the OECD’s work in these areas and provides comparative statistics, analysis and capacity building.

CFE is looking for a dynamic and visionary Deputy Director with strong leadership skills, extensive management experience and sound knowledge of the CFE’s main policy areas. The Deputy Director will support the Director in advancing the Strategic Orientations of the Secretary General and his 21×21 agenda.


Academic Background
An advanced university degree in economics or another relevant discipline.

Professional Background

  • Minimum 10 years of senior-level experience in dealing with policy issues in a national administration or international organisation. Good knowledge of the economic performance and institutional settings across OECD member countries and non-OECD economies.
  • A proven record of good diplomatic and negotiating skills at senior level and within a political decision-making environment.
  • A proven track record of managing a complex programme of work and budget within a diverse international team would be an advantage.
  • Excellent analytical skills and ability to work in a multidisciplinary manner in a multicultural setting. Proven track record of published economic and academic papers is an advantage.
  • Proven management skills and ability to motivate and manage a high-performing, multidisciplinary and multinational team.
  • Strong communication and presentation skills and the ability to interact confidently with various audiences, including the media. Ability to build support across member and partner countries for better policies, on the basis of evidence-based analysis.

Fluency in one of the two OECD official languages (English and French) and knowledge of the other, with a commitment to reach a good working level.Knowledge of other languages would be an asset

Contract Duration
Two years with the possibility of renewal

What the OECD offers
Monthly base salary starting from 12.030 EUR, plus allowances based on eligibility, exempt of French income tax

Application Closing Date: 25-02-2020, 10:59:00 PM


16 January 2020

English-language PhD Programme at Berlin Graduate School for Global and Transregional Studies

Berlin Graduate School for Global and Transregional Studies (BGTS) is delighted to annouce the open for applications for its three-year, English-language PhD programme in global and transregional studies.

The three-year English language doctoral programme at the BGTS provides state-of-the-art theory classes, solid training in research methods and research design, soft skills courses, and individual supervision. The programme focuses on contemporary contestations of the liberal script from historical, global, and comparative perspectives with a particular interest in global and transregional processes


  • Excellent Master’s degree, qualifying for PhD studies in the social sciences, history, economics, law, or area studies;
  • proof of C1-level English language skills or the equivalent;
  • most recent CV;
  • letter of motivation (600 words maximum);
  • research proposal (5,000 words maximum) with a timeline for your project;

The Berlin Graduate School for Global and Transregional Studies (BGTS) is the full-time PhD programme of the Cluster of Excellence “Contestations of the Liberal Script” (SCRIPTS) at Freie Universität Berlin in cooperation with Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Hertie School of Governance and others. The BGTS offers a rigorous and dynamic English-language PhD programme for exceptionally talented and motivated graduate students in the field of global and transregional studies, bringing together a broad spectrum of disciplines and methodological approaches.

Starting date of programme: 3 year full -time PhD programme starting September of each year in Berlin
Starting date for applications: 1 December of each year
Deadline for submitting applications: 31 January of each year (4 January of each year for Chinese applicants)
Final admission decision: early May of each year


13 January 2020

Lecturer in Politics, Governance and Development at the University of Manchester

A job opportunity at the Global Development Institute for a Full time Lecturer in Politics, Governance and Development position. This post will focus on the interlinkages between politics, governance and development and how a better understanding of these linkages can help advance both development theory and practice.

Applicants must have a relevant PhD or equivalent, some high quality publications, experience of conducting research in the global South and be able to provide excellent teaching. GDI is committed to mentoring early career researchers, and hosts a range of forums, including a female academics network and a work in progress seminar series.

As an equal opportunities employer also welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status.  All appointments are made on merit.

Job reference: HUM-15108
Location: Oxford Road, Manchester
Salary: £36,914 to £51,034 per annum, depending on relevant experience
Employment type: Permanent
Department/Division: Humanities, Global Development Institute
Contract Duration: Starting April 2020

Closing date: 06 February 2020 more

07 January 2020

4 positions for Lecturship/Senior Lecturship in Human Geography

The School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh wishes to make four appointments in Human Geography at Lecturer/Senior Lecturer level. The positions are open to all subfields of critical human geography, including cultural geography, development geography, economic geography, feminist geography, historical geography, and political geography. It also welcome scholars who will complement and extend the existing research strengths as well as those working with gender, sexuality and/or critical race theory and those addressing global political and environmental challenges. The appointees will be expected to contribute to core teaching in human geography (such as Human Geography, Economic and Political Geography), methods teaching and field courses. They will also be required to supervise and mark final year dissertation projects, supervise Masters and PhD students, act as a personal tutor and contribute to the administration of the Geography Degree Programme. They are expected to have at least two strong peer-reviewed academic publications that can be submitted to REF2021.

Location: Edinburgh
Lecturer Grade salary range: UE08 (£41,526 – £49,553)
Senior Lecturer salary range: UE09 (£52,559 – £59,135)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent

Interview dates expected to be early-March 2020. Feedback will only be provided to interviewed candidates. References will be sought for all shortlisted candidates.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Julie Cupples (Julie.Cupples@ed.ac.uk) or Dr Dan Swanton (dan.swanton@ed.ac.uk)

Closing Date: 03 February 2020 at 5pm GMT


10 December 2019

Postdoctor Reseach Fellow in Innovation and Regional Studies

The University of Stavanger, Norway invites applicants for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Innovation and Regional Studies at the UiS Business School, Department of Innovation, Management and Marketing. The position is vacant from 01.04.2020 and the appointment is for two years of research duties exclusively.

The objective of the position is to strengthen research, and to give researchers/scholars holding a doctoral degree within relevant academic fields the opportunity for further qualification toward a permanent academic position.

The subject area for the position is innovation and regional studies.

Qualifications requirements:

  • PhD with a specialisation in innovation, regional studies or other relevant subject areas is preferred, but applicants specialising in related areas will also be considered.The doctoral degree must be obtained before employment.
  • good oral and written communication skills in English

In the assessment the following criteria will be emphasised:

  • international experience and international networks
  • ability to conduct specific research of high quality
  • ability to handle a large work load and complete tasks
  • relevance, quality and feasibility of the project plan
  • good teamwork, communication skills and ability to participate in research communities across organisational units.
  • quantitative data analysis skills
  • personal skills and motivation for the position

Qualifications within the areas of creativity, innovation and commercialisation of research will be given emphasis in appointments to academic positions at the University.

What job offers:

  • varied duties in a large, exciting and socially important organisation
    an ambitious work community which is developing rapidly. We strive to include employees at all levels in strategic decisions and promote an informal atmosphere with a flat organisational structure
    colleague-based guidance programme (NyTi) if teaching is part of your position
  • salary in accordance with the State Salary Scale, l.pl 17.510, code 1352, NOK 530.000 – 590.000 gross per year with salary development according to seniority in the position. A higher salary may be considered in special cases.
  • automatic membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund, which provides favourable insurance- and retirement benefits
    favourable membership terms at a gym and at the university sports club
  • employment with an Inclusive Workplace organisation which is committed to reducing sick leave, increasing the proportion of employees with reduced working capacity, and increasing the number of professionally active seniors
  • Hjem-jobb-hjem, discounted public transport to and from work
    as an employee in Norway, you will have access to an optimal health service, as well as good pensions, generous maternity/paternity leave, and a competitive salary. Nursery places are guaranteed and reasonably priced
  • relocation programme in event of moving to Norway, including support and language courses for spouses

More information on the position:
Head of Department Espen Olsen, tel: 51831678 (espen.olsen@uis.no) or Pro-Rector Rune Dahl Fitjar, tel: +47 51831562 (rune.d.fitjar@uis.no)

Place of service: Ullandhaug
Application Closing Date: 01 February 2020


28 October 2019

Internship Programme at the OECD Trento Centre for Local Development, Italy

The OECD Trento Centre for Local Development is part of the Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities (CFE) of the OECD. The mission of the Trento Centre is to build capacities for local development in OECD member and non-member countries.

Recently, the OECD Trento centre has revamped its internship programme making it more flexible and comprehensive. Now, the applications are accepted any time for four 3-month internship periods during the year. OECD can be flexible in terms of the start and the end dates. The original internship duration can be extended several times up to 12 months of total duration.

OECD offers two internship streams:

  1. The Spatial Productivity Lab (SPL): a research-oriented programme with a strong empirical focus on regional development and productivity; currently, we work on several projects that leverage the micro-level and unconventional data.
  2. Capacity building: a stream of work closer aligned with subnational (regional and local) policy-making, evidence-based policy design and peer knowledge exchange.

Internships at OECD are open for students who:

  • Are enrolled in a full-time degree programme for the duration of the internship in a field or discipline related to the work of the OECD Trento Centre;
  • Are available for a minimum internship duration of three months (a four- to six-month duration is strongly preferred);
  • Have an excellent command of English;
  • Possess solid quantitative and IT skills;
  • Demonstrate excellent drafting and communication skills;
  • Are capable of working in multicultural and international team environment.

The internship is based in Trento, Italy. Interns can come from any country and are responsible for obtaining their VISA, if required.

OECD recruits interns on an on-going basis and applications are accepted throughout the year. You can apply anytime via our online application platform.

Your application will be considered for the round corresponding to the nearest of the four deadlines below:

  • 1 December 2019
  • 1 February 2020
  • 1 June 2020
  • 1 October 2020

Shortly after each deadline, all applications in the system are evaluated. Applicants who are not selected are removed from the system and are not considered during the next rounds.

The internship is expected to start in two months after the application deadline but an alternative timing can be agreed upon in certain circumstances.

More information is available here.

For more information on the OECD Trento Centre’s Internship Programme please consult  frequently asked questions or contact OECD.