Bewerbungsende: 15.03.2021

The paradigm of the developed Global North and the developing/underdeveloped Global South has been fundamentally challenged over the last decades: by geopolitical shifts and by a destabilisation of the idea of an industrialised modernity through climate change and the decline in resources. Further, decolonial movements have been questioning existing hierarchies in development and the epistemological models that underwrites them. On the other hand, global inequalities are deepening and many contemporary challenges can only be meaningfully addressed through global cooperation and critical engagement with development debates and practices. The research group is concerned with the spatialisation of global inequalities and the conditions of social transformation, especially in the thematic areas of naturecultures, planetary health and environmental justice. Our work is located in the interdisciplinary field of feminist and postcolonial science and technology studies, more-than-human geography/multispecies ethnography and global health. As a working group, we value collaboration, exchange and are committed to a caring academic environment.

Job description:
The position is aimed at furthering the candidate’s academic qualification (doctorate). The topic of the dissertation is to be defined independently in cooperation with the academic supervisor. Research interests in the areas of Planetary and Global Health, NatureCultures, Environmental Racism and Environmental Justice, Degrowth, Geographies of Care, and Technology and Society Realtions are particularly welcome. 

Tasks include:
– Writing a scientific dissertation in the field of human geography
– Teaching of 2 LVS in the BSc Geography and MSc Geographical Development Studies programmes
– Empirical research and presentation of results at scientific conferences and workshops
– conference papers and publication activities (German/English)
– Active membership of the working group
– Support of the acquisition of third-party funding 

Applications from marginalised applicants are particularly welcome. We explicitly invite BPoC and people from non-academic social backgrounds to apply. The contract is a fixed-term contract for 3. years with the possibility to renew.

Completed academic degree in humanities and/or social science. University degree (preferably a Master’s degree in human geography or a related discipline)

(Professional) Experience:
Experience in planning, designing and conducting empirical studies, e.g. in the context of student assistant activities, is an advantage; willingness to travel.

Application material: candidates are asked to submit an academic CV (including the name of a reference), a letter of motivation and one page about their research interests for a PhD dissertation (can be tentative).

Weitere Informationen

All application quoting the reference code should be addressed as an e-mail to Mrs. Prof. Dr. Ulrike Beisel: [email protected].

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Freie Universität Berlin

Fachbereich Geowissenschaften

Institut für Geographische Wissenschaften

Mrs. Prof. Dr. Ulrike Beisel

Malteserstr. 74-100

Haus K, 12249 Berlin (Lankwitz)

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