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15 April 2021

Junior Policy Analyst – Cities and Urbanisation in Africa , OECD

The OECD has opened a renewable 2-year position to work on cities and urbanisation in Africa. The position is targeted at recent PhD graduates in economics, geography or related disciplines with expertise on cities in developing countries.

Ideal Candidate Profile

Academic Background

  • An advanced university degree in in economics, geography, political science, public policy, urban planning or a related field with a focus on urban issues (a PhD would be an asset).

Professional Background

  • A minimum of two years of experience in conducting research on cities in an academic or policy-research environment.
  • A record of high quality publications on urban issues in particular in developing countries (recent PhD graduates may provide advanced drafts of papers instead of publications).
  • Very good knowledge of the state of research on cities and urbanisation and an in-depth understanding of the challenges faced by cities in developing countries.
  • Good understanding of the evidence needs of policy makers and an interest in conducting policy research in an international organisation.


  • Very good methodological skills, including excellent knowledge of advanced statistical/microeconometric methods as well as qualitative research methods.
  • Excellent drafting skills and the ability to adapt drafting styles to different audiences.
  • Experience in and command of working with geospatial data (QGIS, ArcGIS, etc.) and in using statistical/econometric software packages (R, Stata, SAS, etc.) is an asset.


  • Fluency in one of the two OECD official languages (English and French) and good knowledge of the other.
  • Knowledge of other languages would be an asset.

Core Competencies

  • For this role, the following competencies would be particularly important: Achievement focus, Analytical thinking, Drafting skills, Flexible thinking, Teamwork, Client focus, Diplomatic sensitivity.
  • Please refer to the full list of OECD Core Competencies and the level 3 indicators.

Application deadline: 29 April 2021 at 11:59:00 PM

26 March  2021

LSE Fellow in Urban Planning and Geography, London (UK)

The Department of Geography and Environment is seeking a full-time LSE Fellow in Urban Planning and Geography.  The successful candidate will join one of the world’s leading geography and environment departments, which enjoys very strong international student demand across a wide range of graduate and undergraduate programmes.

The successful candidate will contribute to teaching in the Department at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as carrying out administrative duties.

The successful candidate will preferably have a PhD in a relevant subject or be close to completing it. In addition, the successful candidate will have a relevant background and expertise in the field of urban planning and geography, whose work could include, but is not limited to, urban policy and planning, social life of cities, urban geography, and experiential learning. Some experience of university-level teaching is essential.

For further information about the post, please see the how to apply documentjob description and the person specification.

Application deadline:  4th May 2021 (23.59 UK time)


11 March  2021

Economic and policy analyst at JRC Seville, Spain

the Joint Research Center is opening a vacancy for a Contractual Agent in its team working with smart specialisation in the EU Enlargement and Neighbourhood Region. The position is based in Seville, Spain.

The objective of this position of “Economic and Policy Analyst” is to support the work of DG JRC Urban and Territorial Development Unit in adapting/applying the concept and methodology of smart specialisation to the EU Enlargement and Neighbourhood Region in order to foster place-based innovation for sustainability. In particular, this position is connected with Smart Specialisation in Eastern Partnership Countries.


  • Candidates should ideally have a PhD (doctoral diploma) or a minimum of 5 years professional experience, after university studies of at least 3 years attested by a diploma. The professional experience should include research projects and/or publications in the area of urban and regional development, STI policies or economic geography or experience in development, implementation or monitoring and evaluation of innovation policies. Experience with smart specialisation will be an asset.
  • Knowledge of STI policies and/or the EU Enlargement, Neighbourhood and international policy and relevant external regions is an advantage.
  • Excellent knowledge of English is required.
  • Very good command of Russian and/or French will be an advantage.
  • Knowledge of EU policies is an advantage.

The function and responsibilities of this position would thus include:

  • Policy Analysis and Advice: to carry out research activities on Smart Specialisation in the EU Enlargement and Neighbourhood Region, and the global context and feed into policy-making.
  • Project and Process Management: to prepare, review and follow up on deliverables and projects.
    The candidate might also initiate and manage smaller contracts with experts and external organisations in
    these areas, including project and financial documentation.

Application deadline: 31 March 2021 at 20:59 Brussel time

04 March  2021

Lecturer / Associate Professor in Social and Geographic Data Science at UCL, London

The Department of Geography at University College London is central to the expansion of Social Data Science in the Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences. To support this growth, the Department invites applications for the position of Lecturer/Associate Professor in Social and Geographic Data Science.

The Department encourages applications both from those trained in Quantitative Geography and from those with expertise in fields from the Computational Social Sciences who would welcome the opportunity to work in a Geography department. As well as carrying out research, the successful applicant will play a key role in delivery of the new MSc Social and Geographic Data Science, which brings together teaching on the technological and societal aspects of quantitative social data.

The appointment to be taken up in from 1 September 2021 or as soon as possible afterwards and is an open ended role.
Key Requirements
Applicants will be evaluated on the quality and significance of their research and its alignment with Departmental interests. We are particularly interested in applicants who would bring expertise in Geographic Information Science and who are researching in the broad areas of health or mobility (in all its forms, such as transport or migration), however connections to other areas of existing departmental research will also be valued.

Applicants must also demonstrate an aptitude for teaching, including (but not limited to) quantitative methods and their application, at both undergraduate and graduate levels. This demonstrated aptitude will be appropriate to the applicant’s career stage. The Department encourages applicants who have a record of accomplishment in interdisciplinary collaboration and engagement with both business and wider publics.
Further Details
A job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

To apply for the vacancy please click on the ‘Apply Now’ button below.

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Jason Dittmer, Head of Department: j.dittmer@ucl.ac.uk. If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Claire Betts, Department Manager: c.betts@ucl.ac.uk.

Application deadline: 02 April 2021

1 March  2021

7 fully-funded PhD Scholarships at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences, Groningen, The Netherlands

The Faculty of Spatial Sciences at the University of Groningen (RUG) is looking for PhD Scholarship candidates. We offer 7 fully-funded PhD Scholarships at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences starting September 1, 2021.

The procedure consists of the following steps:
Upload full applications (1. Cover letter, 2. CV, 3. Grades, 4. Proposal) before May 3rd, 2020, 8.00 hrs. am. CET.
• Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview in which they present their proposed PhD research proposal. This interview will take place between 17 – 28 May 2021.
• Accepted candidates start preferably September 1, 2021.

See more information here

23 February 2021

Postdoc position ‘Really closing the Loop: the role of cities in circular Food Systems’, Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands

Are you a proactive post-doc interested in food systems and the behavioural aspects of systems transformation? Are you ready to explore the gap between individual behaviour and social change in cities and regions? We are looking for an economist with experience in designing and conducting experiments.  Read the full offer here

For more information about this position, please contact prof.dr.ir. ES (Eveline) van Leeuwen via eveline.vanleeuwen@wur.nl.

This vacancy will be listed up to and including the 14th of March 2021. We hope to schedule the first job interviews for the 19th of March 2021.

The intended starting date is the 1st of May 2021, at the latest.