Posted on: 10 July, 2019
Application deadline: September 8, 2019

Postdoc Sustainable Development, Inequalities and Environmental Justice, Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Task description

The main task of the post-doctoral researcher is to support the Prince Claus Chairholder in the research on sustainable development, inequalities and environmental justice. She/he is expected to carry out research (including fieldwork) related to the incorporation of equity and environmental justice concerns in the policies and programmes related to the implementation of the SDG agenda, and the role of civil society organisations in advancing these concerns.

The specific research activities undertaken by the researcher will be specified in consultation with the Chairholder, while the researcher is also expected to build her/his own creative engagement with this endeavour. The successful candidate will be encouraged to use her/his past experience to contribute to the conceptual understanding of inequalities and environmental justice in its various dimensions.

Requirements

Requirements

  • Awarded a PhD within the last 4 years.
  • PhD or post-doctoral research experience in a relevant field of study (preferably with a focus on developing/emerging economies).
  • Knowledge about global development, sustainability issues and debates about global social and/or environmental justice.
  • Preferably experience with (field) research in the Global South.
  • Willingness to travel.

Conditions of employment

The successful candidate is expected to start as soon as possible and will be based at ISS in The Hague. A full-time, two year contract with Erasmus University Rotterdam will be offered. In accordance with the conditions applied at Erasmus University Rotterdam as indicated in the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO NU) of the Dutch universities, the salary is set at CAO NU scale 11.0 (€ 3,637 gross per month, on a fulltime basis). In addition, EUR pays an 8% holiday allowance and an end-of-year payment of 8.3% and offers excellent secondary benefits.

The International Institute of Social Studies is committed to building and sustaining a community based on inclusiveness, equity and diversity and believes this will contribute to our mission and vision of being the best institute in our field. ISS is an equal opportunities employer and encourages applications from candidates of all genders, ethnicities and nationalities.

Employer

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), named after the 15th century Rotterdam-born humanist and theologian Desiderius Erasmus, is a research university with a strong international orientation and a pronounced social focus, both in its education and research activities. The expertise of Erasmus University Rotterdam is concentrated in eight faculties or institutes focusing on Economics, Medicine and Health Sciences, Law, Social Sciences, History and Arts, Business Administration, Philosophy and Development Studies. In addition to initial degree programmes and scientific research, the University offers specific postgraduate study programmes and courses. Erasmus University has around 25,000 students and approximately 2,800 staff members of more than 100 nationalities.

Department

The International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) is a leading academic centre for international development studies. While based in The Hague, the ISS is part of Erasmus University Rotterdam. ISS was established in 1952 as a post-graduate institute of policy-oriented critical social science and development-oriented research. ISS offers a PhD in Development Studies, a 15,5 months MA in Development Studies, a joint MA in Public Policy (Mundus MAPP), a MPA in Governance delivered in Suriname, and post-graduate Diploma courses.

ISS brings together a highly diverse international community of scholars and students from both the global South and the global North, on average originating from over 50 different countries. The Institute brings together people, ideas and insights in a multi-disciplinary setting which nurtures, fosters and promotes critical thinking and innovative research on fundamental social problems. The strong partnerships with organizations and individuals in developing countries make up a vibrant network where we co-create knowledge so that teaching and research remain socially relevant. Key to the ISS philosophy and practices is the wish to contribute to achieving social justice and equity on a global level.

The ISS strategic plan 2019-22 focuses on further development into a research-intensive university institute in The Hague, focusing on academic excellence and high societal relevance of its research and teaching. ISS considers engagement, linking research and teaching to society, to be a –third- important task of the university.

Additional information

Additional information can be received by contacting Professor Wil Hout (hout@iss.nl) or Professor Gustavo García López (gustavo.garcia@ces.uc.pt)