We are looking for

The Sociology of Development and Change Group (SDC) is looking for an outstanding candidate for a position as Junior Lecturer (40% of time) cum PhD candidate (60% of time) working on (climate) crisis, mobility and humanitarian governance. (Forced) migration and human mobility as a result of conflict, climate change and disaster are among the most pressing concerns of this time. In the past decades, the number of people on the move due to crises, within and between countries and in both rural and urban areas, has increased and so has the number of humanitarian actors and forms of governance addressing these issues. Moreover, major changes over the past decades shape how these dynamics play out, including the rise of populist and nationalist politics; widespread urbanisation; the dynamics of radical insurgency and the Global War On Terror; the use and effects of social media; and the intensification of governance and surveillance systems through digital technologies (biometrics, blockchain etc.). These dynamics further intersect with an urgent global environmental crisis, major inequalities within and between societies, and a need to confront and remedy past injustices (decolonization – gender – environmental injustice – resource extraction).
We invite ideas for PhD projects that develop new research on the intersection of (forced) migration, humanitarianism, and crisis, within the broader field of mobility, humanitarian, development or (forced) migration studies. Priority will be given to creative and innovative proposals aimed at unravelling and theorizing this intersectionality in a contemporary and relevant context, and that focus on (one or some of) the following themes:

1. Compounded crises, mobility and its societal effects and responses;
2. Humanitarian governance and environmental programming;
3. Contemporary and novel forms of (digital/technological) engagement, advocacy and intervention;
4. Changing responses and interventions in contemporary and protracted crisis contexts.

The position will be for 6 years, whereby 60% of your time is reserved for PhD research, and 40 % for teaching (support). Teaching activities include the supervision of Bachelor theses and participation in courses in humanitarian and development studies; such as food crises, humanitarian aid, and research in development practice. The selected candidate will work with a supervisor and two co-supervisors in the domain of mobility (climate) crisis and humanitarian governance.

We ask

The successful candidate will meet the following academic qualifications:

  1. A completed MSc or MPhil degree in sociology, anthropology, political science or equivalent.
  2. If the candidate is non-Dutch, from a non-Anglophone country and has not completed higher education with English as the language of instruction, an internationally recognised Certificate of Proficiency in the English Language should be submitted. Minimum required scores:
  • TOEFL internet-based 90, with minimum sub-score 23 for speaking
  • IELTS 6.5, with minimum sub-score 6.0 for speaking
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) with minimum grade B
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) any grade

Test results must be dated within 24 months prior to the application.

  1. Previous experience of undertaking research (e.g. undergraduate or taught master’s dissertation).
  2. Good understanding of and experience in using qualitative research methods in the social sciences.
  3. Knowledge of humanitarian issues and networks.
  4. Familiarity with planning and implementing independent research.
  5. Fluency in the language spoken in the candidate’s chosen case study is desirable.  
  6. Personal Attributes:
    1. Able to, under guidance, complete independent work successfully
    2. Personal resilience and strong cross-cultural communication skills

We offer

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our  Collective Labour Agreement include:

  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and partially paid parental leave;
  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional compensation / holiday hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent pension scheme.

You are going to work at the greenest and most innovative campus in Holland, and at a university that has been chosen as the “Best University” in the Netherlands for the 17th consecutive time.

Coming from abroad
Wageningen University & Research is the university and research centre for life sciences. The themes we deal with are relevant to everyone around the world and Wageningen, therefore, has a large international community and a lot to offer to international employees. Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief, known as the 30% ruling. Our team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family.

Feeling welcome also has everything to do with being well informed. Wageningen University & Research’s International Community page contains practical information about what we can do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen. Furthermore, we can assist you with any additional advice and information about helping your partner to find a job, housing, schooling, and other issues.

Equal opportunities
Wageningen University & Research (WUR) employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and qualities, who inspire and motivate each other. We want every talent to feel at home in our organisation and be offered the same career opportunities. We therefore especially welcome applications from people who are underrepresented at WUR. For more information please go to our inclusivity page. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment.

More information

For more information about this position, please contact Prof.dr. Bram Büscher, telephone +31 317 48 2015 or 2075 or by e-mail bram.buscher@wur.nl

For more information about the procedure, please contact Jeanine van ‘t Veer, Corporate Recruiter, recruitment.ssg@wur.nl

Do you want to apply?
You can apply directly using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval.

  1. An initial research proposal relevant for this position (700 words max –  including problem statement, research question and methodological note).
  2. A cover letter outlining why you are applying and your motivation
  3. CV including 3 referees
  4. Academic qualification certificates/transcripts and when required IELTs/English Language certificate or validation as indicated above
  5. Listing of academic / popular or policy collaborations and outputs
  6. A (link to) a writing sample such as a thesis chapter or academic (or other) article (no more than 25 pages)

This vacancy will be listed up to and including June 23th 2022.

We are

Wageningen University & Research
The mission of Wageningen University and Research is “To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life”. Under the banner Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen University and the specialised research institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces in contributing to finding solutions to important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment.

With its roughly 30 branches, 7.200 employees and 13.200 students, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. An integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of Wageningen’s unique approach.WUR has been named the best university of the Netherlands by students for the 17th time in a row.

Read the 5 reasons why your future colleagues enjoy working at WUR and watch this video to get an idea of our green campus!

Wageningen University and Research Centre
Delivering a substantial contribution to the quality of life. That’s our focus – each and every day. Within our domain, healthy food and living environment, we search for answers to issues affecting society – such as sustainable food production, climate change and alternative energy. Of course, we don’t do this alone. Every day, 6,500 people work on ‘the quality of life’, turning ideas into reality, on a global scale. Could you be one of these people? We give you the space you need.

The Sociology of Development and Change Group (SDC)
SDC focuses on the structures and practices of development and change with a particular scientific interest in inequality, marginalization and political agency. The group’s vision is to be a world-leading, politically engaged and interdisciplinary research and educational centre in development studies, political ecology, anthropology of law and crisis and disaster studies. Our mission is to gain and communicate a deeper understanding of inequality and marginalisation generated by global and local structures of power and political-economy and so contribute to social and environmental justice. At the same time we study how actors generate forms of agency and practices that enable them to deal with these dynamics and create new opportunities. Together with the Rural Sociology Group, the Health and Society Group and the Cultural Geography group, the SDC group forms the WUR Centre for Space, Place and Society (see https://centreforspaceplacesociety.wordpress.com/).

We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated.Apply now

Check out the original vacancy here.

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