Posted on: 7 January, 2019
Application deadline: February 10, 2019

Lecturer in Economics and Public Policy, Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL, London



DEPARTMENT:             The Bartlett Development Planning Unit

POST:                          Lecturer

HOURS:                       Full-time, 36.5 hours per week

REPORTS TO:              DPU Director

GRADE:                        Grade 7, points 33-36

SALARY:                      £35,328- £42,701per annum, incl. London Weighting of £3,031 per annum

CONTRACT:                 Open-ended



University College London (UCL) wishes to appoint a Lecturer in Economics and Public Policy based at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU), a leading international research and post-graduate teaching department in the fields of urban and regional policy, planning and management in the Global South. The DPU’s mission is to strengthen the knowledge and capacity of professionals, institutions and citizens at local, national and global levels to design and implement innovative and sustainable policy and planning for urban regions in the global South. A key element in this is to contribute to effective policy-making and planning that balance the demands for prosperity, sustainability and equity through rigorous evidence-based research and analysis. In furthering this mission, the DPU has prioritised the exploration and testing of approaches that are participatory, sustainable and sensitive to diversity through action-oriented teaching, research and capacity building.

We are seeking to appoint a highly competent and dynamic individual with a solid academic record and a strong understanding of the debates and literature related to economics, urban development, and public policy in cities of the Global South. The postholder will be expected to contribute to two key aspects of DPU’s current work on urbanisation and the urban economy. The first is teaching on the MSc Urban Economic Development (UED), an interdisciplinary post-graduate programme that seeks to provide the analytical and practical tools to engage reflexively with urban economic development and management challenges in the Global South. The second is to contribute to developing the DPU’s research and consultancy portfolio in urbanisation and economic development in the Global South. She or he will be expected to engage with DPU’s Research Clusters and help expand our research portfolio.


The successful applicant will join a vibrant community of researchers and lecturers working towards the common mission of building the capacity of professionals and institutions to design and implement productive, sustainable and inclusive forms of development in the Global South.

The main duties of the post are as follows:

  • Teach two 15-credit (9-session) modules in areas such as: public economics and public policy; cost-benefit analysis; development economics and urbanisation; municipal finance; quantitative research methods. These are to be defined in accordance with the candidate’s fields of expertise
  • Contribute to DPU’s programme of research and consultancy in the urban economy, economic development and municipal finance in the context of the Global South (developing countries)
  • Assessment (marking) of student coursework and project work
  • Supervision and assessment of MSc and MPhil/PhD dissertations
  • Pastoral support related to teaching, including tutorial support and guidance to students
  • Preparation of research funding applications and contribution to DPU’s research activities
  • Involvement in intra- and cross-departmental enabling, teaching and research initiatives
  • Carry out any other duties within the scope, spirit and purpose of the job as requested by the line manager or Head of Department/Division.



Applications will be judged only against the criteria set out below. Applicants should ensure that their application demonstrates how their skills and experience meet these criteria.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the following:


  • Be educated to PhD level in economics with a focus on public economics, development economics, or urban economics, or closely related areas, within an applied policy and planning context
  • Demonstrate sound knowledge of the relevant literature and a solid publication record in fields such as public economics, development economics, urban economics or economic development with a focus on cities of the Global South
  • Research or professional experience in the fields of urban economic development and public policy in the Global South, including the use of modelling tools
  • Experience of doing research in developing countries and/or experience of working in developing countries
  • Experience of lecturing, tutoring and providing supervisory support at postgraduate level
  • Experience of assessing student work at postgraduate level
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to work to deadlines, with an eye for detail
  • Excellent oral, written and visual communication skills and IT skills.



  • Experience of working in a multi-cultural working environment (with both staff and students)
  • Experience of developing and implementing research proposals, including drafting budgets
  • Knowledge or experience of working with IT learning software (e.g. Moodle)
  • Good working knowledge of languages other than English.


The postholder will carry out any other duties as are within the scope, spirit and purpose of the job as requested by the line manager or Head of Department/Division.

  • The postholder will actively follow UCL policies including Equal Opportunities and Race Equality policies.
  • The postholder will maintain an awareness and observation of Fire and Health & Safety Regulations.
  • The postholder will show a commitment to UCL’s policy of equal opportunity and the ability to work harmoniously with colleagues and students of all cultures and backgrounds.


Note: this job description reflects the present requirements of the post. As duties and responsibilities change and develop, the job description will be reviewed and be subject to amendment in consultation with the postholder.

Contractual details:

This is an open-ended contract and the successful applicant will be subject to the usual UCL probationary procedures. We expect the postholder to commence the role no later than August 2019.

The Bartlett Development Planning Unit

The Development Planning Unit (DPU) conducts world-leading research and postgraduate teaching that helps to build the capacity of national governments, local authorities, NGOs, aid agencies and businesses working towards socially just and sustainable development in the Global South. It is an international centre specialising in academic teaching, practical training, research and consultancy in the fields of urban and regional development and planning. It is concerned with promoting sustainable forms of development, understanding rapid urbanisation and encouraging innovation in the policy, planning and management responses to the economic, social and environmental development of cities and regions, especially in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. It has a (part-time and full-time) staff of over 60 and offers postgraduate education through its research degree (MPhil/PhD) programme and six MSc programmes to over 250 students from around 50 different nationalities each year.

The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment

The Bartlett is UCL’s global Faculty of the built environment. The different schools in the Bartlett span a broad area of study and research, most as leaders in their fields. In partnership, they develop new responses to pressing world issues. As a whole, they represent a world-leading, multidisciplinary faculty, united by the radical spirit of UCL. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the national evaluation of research in all UK universities, UCL came top in ‘research power’, a measure of the proportion of staff assessed to be at the top 4* and 3* ranking, outperforming both Oxford and Cambridge. The Bartlett submitted more staff whose research was rated at the highest level than the next three institutions in the league combined. Over 30% of those were early career researchers. As one of the oldest but most radical faculties of its kind, The Bartlett has built a reputation for education and research that draws students and academics from across the world.


Application Procedure

If you wish to discuss the post informally, please contact Prof. Le-Yin Zhang, Programme Leader, MSc Urban Economic Development, DPU,, Tel. +44 (0)20 76791111.

Applications should be completed online

For queries about the application process, please contact Nkenji Okpara, Departmental Manager on +44 (0)20 7679 1117 (

Applicants may also wish to look at the DPU web site at

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