Two Research Associate positions on Indian development cooperation
Applications are invited for two fixed term Research Associates (until June 2022) to work on a project run through the Margaret Anstee Centre for Global Studies at Newnham College, Cambridge. The project director is Dr Emma Mawdsley. The Margaret Anstee Centre-Global Partnership Programme on Development (MAC-GPPD) project (hereafter ‘the project’) includes a partnership with the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford, under the direction of Dr Radhika Khosla. Depending on circumstances, the Research Associates could be based in India, Oxford or Cambridge, subject to discussion. The posts would start as soon as possible, following the identification of successful candidates.
The project is funded by the Department for International Development, under the India-UK Global Partnership Programme on Development (GPPD). The GPPD is intended to improve development coordination between India and the UK, leading to more positive outcomes in other developing countries and on global issues. Other GPPD partners are Research and Information Systems for Developing Countries (RIS), the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), and the World Bank (India), in Delhi. The MAC-GPPD project is primarily oriented towards the provision of academic contributions to these policy arenas.
The post holders would be expected to take on research and other project-related travel in the UK, India and elsewhere; and to contribute to various knowledge exchange forums both within the MAC-GPPD and with other GPPD partners in India and beyond.
The following two positions are available for researchers who have experience working in the following areas:
Research Associate One
To work particularly closely with Dr Emma Mawdsley on one or more of the following or related topics on Indian development cooperation:
- Specific bilateral and trilateral Indian development partnerships in the South Asian region, African countries, and elsewhere.
- India’s role in multilateral development partnerships e.g. the Asia Africa Growth Corridor, IBSA Fund, SAARC funds.
- Particular Indian development partnership programmes and vehicles e.g. SITA, LOCs
- The role of private sector and Indian development finance
- The role of civil society partners.
- The politics of development knowledge and expertise.
- The role/potential/challenges and opportunities for Indian development cooperation in promoting women’s empowerment and gender equality.
- The role/potential/challenges for Indian development cooperation in international peace building, conflict transformation and/or humanitarianism.
- Cultural diplomacy and Indian development cooperation.
Research Associate Two
To work particularly closely with Dr Radhika Khosla on one or more of the following or related topics:
- The transition in India’s climate policy, including the internalization of climate change concerns into domestic politics and policy actions, and the country’s changing geopolitical presence with a particular focus on India’s role in leading climate collations, seeding ideas, and providing support to other countries.
- The emergence of low carbon technologies in India and the relationship of this growth with international technology trends, policy signals, and markets, including a focus on South-South and South-North transfers.
- How Indian cities are responding to climate change and the governance arrangements, motivations and partnerships by which domestic urban climate actions are unfolding, with a view to lessons and insights for other emerging economies.
- The posts would normally be awarded to candidates with an MPhil or PhD, and/or demonstrable evidence of research experience in relevant fields.
- The posts are open to applicants of any nationality. However, if a candidate is appointed and wishes to be UK-based, and would thus require a visa in order to work in the UK, the appointment would be conditional upon the candidate successfully obtaining the necessary visa.
- The post holders may be based in Cambridge, Oxford or India, subject to agreement, but they will be expected to travel regardless.
- The posts are tenable for as early as possible after application until June 2022.
- The salary will be Point 41 on the University Scale (currently £32,816 for 2019/20), and subject to probation and review, will rise each year to the next point on that scale.
- Applications should be made on-line, no later than 20th December 2019.
The application will comprise:
- A system-generated application form to be completed on-line.
- A CV (in PDF form).
- An outline (of no more than 1000 words, not including any list of publications) of relevant existing research and professional experience, and how you can contribute to the MAC-GPPD project, including any specific research ideas you would wish to initiate. This should be uploaded as a PDF document.
- The names and addresses (postal and email) of two referees familiar with your academic and/or professional work. Referees will have until 14th January to provide references.
- It is expected that short-listed candidates will be interviewed during week commencing 20th January 2020 (through Skype or remotely where necessary), and that the successful candidates would be in a position to start immediately or no longer than three months after this date, (taking in account any visa applications if relevant).
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