Job opportunity: Professor of Human Geography

The University of Manchester seeks to appoint a Professor in Human Geography in the Department of Geography (School of Environment, Education and Development, SEED) to provide leadership in our research in Human Geography. Although outstanding candidates from any field of human geography are encouraged to apply, we are particularly keen to hear from those who can strengthen our research excellence and capacity in one or more of our three human geography research groups, in particular feminist or social geographies.

More details can be found here

Job opportunity: Assistant Professor of Sociology in Global Inequality at Illinois State University

Dear Colleagues,

We would welcome applicants from political ecology-oriented scholars for the job description below. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Assistant Professor of Sociology in Global Inequality

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Position Summary:

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Illinois State University, USA invites applications for a nine-month, tenure track assistant professorship in sociology beginning August 16, 2020. Building on existing departmental strengths in globalization, development, economic and political sociology, we seek a sociologist whose work addresses the global and transnational political economic dynamics relating to the causes and consequences of inequality.  The ideal candidate will be able to teach one or more of the core courses required for our sociology major in addition to offering elective courses in their substantive area of specialization.

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology is committed to increasing the diversity of our campus community. ISU recognizes that a diverse faculty, staff and student body enriches the educational experiences of the entire campus and community. Candidates with experience working with a diverse range of students, staff and faculty, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are especially welcomed. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Required Qualifications:

1. A Ph.D. in sociology or a closely related field is required prior to the start date of this position. ABD’s will be considered if degree conferral date is August 1, 2020 or sooner. 

2. Illinois state law mandates demonstrable oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position.

Application Process:

All application materials must be submitted online at posting number 0712311 In addition to completing a faculty employment application, please prepare in advance the following separate documents: a cover letter describing relevant research and future plans, a full CV, letters from  three academic references , up to three writing samples that serve as evidence of an active research agenda in this substantive area, and a teaching portfolio (listed as “other” in the document section of the application) which includes a teaching philosophy statement, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and a statement on the applicant’s approach to mentoring a diverse student body. To ensure full consideration, apply by September 30, 2019. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Should you have additional questions, please contact Dr. Richard Sullivan, Chair of Search Committee, at or (309)-438-2408.

Illinois State University:

Founded in 1857 as Illinois’ first public university, Illinois State is a coeducational, residential university that emphasizes undergraduate study. Its 34 academic departments in six colleges offer 72 undergraduate programs in more than 160 fields of study.  The Graduate School coordinates 42 masters, two specialist, and 10 doctoral programs. Illinois State ranks among the top 100 public universities in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report 2019 rankings of “National Universities” and has been named a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education. For more information, please visit our website at:

The Community

Bloomington and Normal, Illinois are twin cities with a combined population of 130,000 people. A dynamic college town, Bloomington‐Normal is only a short train ride away from downtown Chicago and St. Louis, and within easy driving distance of Milwaukee and Indianapolis. In 2017, Bloomington‐Normal was named one of the Best College Towns in America by the American Institute for Economic Research, including a #2 ranking in the “Arts and Entertainment” category. In 2016, Huffington Post named Bloomington one of the “11 Amazing Cities You’ve Never Thought to Live in, But Should.” In 2015, the Town of Normal was ranked #3 on the list of Best Small College Towns in America by College Values Online.

Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Chair/Reader in Political Ecology

Lancaster University

– Lancaster Environment Centre

Closes: 8th September 2019

Lancaster University wishes to appoint an exceptional interdisciplinary academic in Political Ecology (broadly defined) at the Chair/Reader level. You will work within the Political EcologyResearch Group and in close collaboration with the Critical Geographies Research Group. You are expected to continue the Lancaster Environment Centre’s contribution to this sub-field of political ecology as a distinct and vibrant research cluster in the UK.

We seek an outstanding candidate whose research, engagement and teaching interests are in areas that offer critical perspectives on human-environmental issues and change. We understand political ecology to coalesce around critiques of the relationship between culture, politics and nature. Reflecting political ecology’s multi-dimensionality, relevant themes addressed at Lancaster Environment Centre include, but are not limited to, food security, environmental justice, conservation, resource extraction, bioeconomy, water, urban natures, climate politics, science and technology, and the Anthropocene.

Candidates’ research backgrounds may be in geography, anthropology, development studies, environmental sociology or cognate disciplines. We encourage scholars from backgrounds under-represented in these fields. We also welcome novel approaches around de-colonial and critical feminist thinking, both in teaching and in research. Community building within the respective research groups and wider Environment Centre is highly encouraged.

Lancaster University has a reputation for delivering research and teaching with impact at the highest level across the social sciences. We work nationally and internationally with a host of academic, government, civil society and private sector partners. It is expected that applicants will have a strong record of income generation, a demonstrated interest in mentoring and collaborating with junior colleagues, and a clear vision and plan for developing and promoting Political Ecology at the Lancaster Environment Centre. You will work within the dynamic, diverse and interdisciplinary research groups and engage with other clusters of expertise across the University. You will build upon recent initiatives such as the Department’s first political ecology conference and the international Political Ecology Network – POLLEN. Teaching responsibilities will initially be modest to enable the development of a world-class research portfolio. In the future, there will be the opportunity to contribute to a forthcoming Master’s programme in Political Ecology currently under development.

LEC offers a highly inclusive and stimulating environment for career development. We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis, as well as the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Professor Phil Barker (Head of Department), tel. 01524 510230, Dr Ben Neimark, Lancaster Environment Centre, tel. 01524 510592, or Dr John Childs, Lancaster Environment Centre, tel. 01524 510242,

Job opportunity: tenure-track position in ‘Indigenous Resurgence and Development’ at Queen’s University, Canada

Please see in the following link the call for our tenure-track position in ‘Indigenous Resurgence and Development’ at Queen’s University, Canada:

Applications are due by September 9th, 2019.

Please contact Marcus Taylor ( if you have any questions on this vacancy.

Two postdoctoral tenure track positions within environmental governance and the global political economy of environment & development

Dear All,

The Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences is now hiring to fill two “postdoctoral tenure track positions” (the ‘Assistant Professor’ rank is relatively uncommon in Norway). Application deadline: 01 August 2019.

I am happy to field questions from POLLEN members regarding life in the department, the university, or in Norway generally as an expatriate.

Come and work with us in Ås!

All the very best,

Dr. Connor Joseph Cavanagh
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Department of International Environment and Development Studies
Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)
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Job opportunity: Postdoctoral Fellow at the Indian School of Business

Position: Postdoctoral Fellow – “Institutional networks and self-organized adaptation: Tracing the democratic architectures of climate response”

Location: Indian School of Business, Hyderabad

Position Description:

We are recruiting a postdoctoral researcher to work on the project “Institutional networks and self-organized adaptation: Tracing the democratic architectures of climate response”, a multi-collaborator effort led by Harry Fischer (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences), Forrest Fleischman (University of Minnesota), Dil Khatri (South Asian Institute of Advanced Studies), and Ashwini Chhatre (Indian School of Business). The project aims to study how individuals, households, and communities access state support mechanisms to confront climate risk and change, and the political channels that enable (and often preclude) their success. We seek an early-career scholar with training in humanistic social sciences or interdisciplinary development studies. The ideal candidate would have experience conducting intensive qualitative fieldwork with a focus on rural livelihoods and the politics of government service delivery coupled with knowledge of the South Asian context and comfort working in Hindi. Some familiarity with quantitative methods would be desirable. The postdoctoral fellow would be expected to spend at least 12 months in the field in Northern India (Himachal Pradesh) and Nepal. We wish to involve the postdoctoral fellow as a collaborator in developing the larger project, while also giving them a significant role in defining the research that they wish to focus their attention on. 

For more information on the project, please see:

Employment and Institutional Affiliations: 

The postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to work in collaboration with the larger research team led by Harry Fischer. However, their primary affiliation will be the Indian School of Business on their Hyderabad campus, where they will work under the direct supervision of Prof. Ashwini Chhatre. ISB is a leading management education institution in India, with an active portfolio of research on environment and development issues, including the Digital Identity Research Initiative and an active Forest Governance research program. ISB’s campus in Hyderabad provides state-of-the-art facilities for research and houses more than 150 faculty and researchers across disciplines. The postdoc will also maintain close contract with the Nepal research team led by Dil Khatri, based at the Southasia Institute of Advanced Studies

Appointment details: 

The position will start in September 2019. It is expected to last for two years, and we hope to offer one additional year of support, contingent upon performance and funding. Remuneration for this position is competitive, and the position also includes funding for international conferences (1 per year) and travel support for fieldwork.

The position is ideal for someone who wants to focus their attention on developing a new research project as part of an interdisciplinary research team, with generous support for intensive fieldwork. 

For further information, do not hesitate to contact:

Harry Fischer –  or

Sangeetha Hariharan –

To apply:

We will begin reviewing applications on July 7 on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Please send the following to a 1-2 page cover letter describing your qualifications and potential interest in the position, your CV, and contact information for 3 references.