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Current vacancies in the Department

Lecturer in Political Ecology (Fixed Term)

Salary: £40,792-£51,630.

The Department of Geography wishes to appoint a Lecturer in Political Ecology. This is a fixed-term post, available from 1 January 2019, or soon as possible thereafter, until 30 June 2020.

The position would suit a human geographer with a PhD in the political ecology of some aspect of conservation, environment and development, preferably in the global South. The Lecturer will be expected to contribute to the Political Ecology Group and the Vital Geographies thematic research group.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD, will show evidence of high-quality research publications, and will be an excellent communicator, with previous experience of lecturing and small group teaching. They will be expected to teach in the Department of Geography at graduate and undergraduate levels (including participation in field courses and methods teaching), to examine, and to contribute, as appropriate, to the academic administration of the Department and the University.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 June 2020 in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button on the University's jobs site page. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please provide a curriculum vitae (with information on research interests, publications, research funding obtained, and relevant teaching and other experience) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. In the covering letter, applicants are encouraged to explain how they see their teaching and research interests contributing to the Department's existing activities. Full contact details of two referees are required. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please quote reference LC16954 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Associate

Salary: £32,236-£39,609.

We are looking for a full time Research Associate to work as part of a new project funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada. The post holder will work under the supervision of Professor Bhaskar Vira in the Department of Geography.

This project aims to provide context-specific, evidence-based understanding of the complex issue of land governance and compensation in land acquisition projects. It will examine the complex web of gender-differentiated costs to the communities and to the projects, aiming to strengthen policies for better acquisition and build capacities of women and men for negotiating more equitable and fair solutions.

Through a field-based study in Cambodia, India, and Indonesia, this project will engage with local communities and local governments to define entitlements for compensation and fair compensation models and to strengthen governance to develop models of just and fair compensation for women and men. At the same time, through an in-depth study of best practices in different countries, the project will also develop workable models for resource sharing between the central and provincial governments. The research will build on mixed methods, relying on desk research and field experiences to arrive at policy-oriented understanding on just and fair compensation for large-scale land acquisition.

We are seeking an individual with research experience in the social sciences, especially Human Geography, Development Studies or a related field. We are especially interested in candidates who can demonstrate their ability to analyse secondary data and policy documents, and to conduct interviews and facilitate stakeholder dialogue, particularly in relation to the Global South. Demonstrable knowledge of issues related to land acquisition and displacement is desirable, as is some familiarity with recent developments in relation to community level safeguards and resettlement and rehabilitation. Excellent project management skills are essential, as this project involves coordination with three civil society partners (in India, Cambodia and Indonesia, respectively), as well as communication and liaison with the funder and their wider network of related projects. The ability to deliver high quality research outputs to enhance public engagement and impact will be an important dimension of this role. We are also keen on individuals who share a commitment to interdisciplinary research, and are interested in contributing to the development of a larger programme of collaborative activity in this area.

Informal inquiries should be directed to Professor Bhaskar Vira by email, bv101@cam.ac.uk.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button on the University's jobs site page. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

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Please quote reference LC16855 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.


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