“Professor in Rural Development with a focus on the Global South” at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, in Uppsala (deadline August 2020).
The Department of Urban and Rural Development at SLU has a strong social science research environment comprised of four research subjects: Rural Development, Environmental Communication, Landscape Architecture, and Agrarian History. We are now seeking to recruit a professor in Rural Development in the Global South.
The professor will be based in the Division of Rural Development, which engages in research, teaching and cooperation in the Global North and South. The department has two educational programs, including a five-year agronomy program in Rural Development and a master’s program in Rural Development and Natural Resource Management. The department’s research has an interdisciplinary social science focus oriented around two overarching themes: “Rural transformations” and “The politics of the environment”. Researchers in our division work on a wide range of topics including natural resource management, agrarian change, food systems, climate change, rural societies and livelihoods, gender studies, rural-urban linkages, and migration. Our work draws on a variety of analytical traditions including political ecology, environmental justice, science and technology studies, and other critical social science perspectives. Our research is committed to robust critical analysis of existing processes of rural development and their effects, but also adopts a forward-looking outlook for identifying strategies for more just and sustainable futures.
The subject area of the position is in Rural Development in the Global South, with an emphasis on contemporary studies of socio-economic, cultural, and political aspects of questions related to rural production systems, agrarian change, and natural resource governance. This subject area is concerned with changes that are taking place at local, national, and global levels, with attention to how different dimensions of power influence these processes.