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Post-doctoral positions at Durham (UK): political ethnography and migration

Postdoctoral Research Associate (Job Number: 22001734)

School Government & International Affairs
Grade 7:  £35,333 – £42,155 per annum
Fixed Term  Full Time
Contract Duration: 30 months
Contracted Hours per Week: 35

Closing Date:10-Dec-2022, 1:59:00 AM

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Applications are invited for two (2) Postdoctoral Research Associates in Political Ethnography with a particular emphasis on pro- and anti-migration mobilization in Mediterranean refugee reception sites. The positions are made possible by an ESRC-funded project “Contesting Migration: Pro- and Anti-Migration Mobilization in Mediterranean Refugee Reception Sites”. Specifically, the post-holders would play a major role in the conduct of primary research in Spain (1 post) and Italy (1 post), as well as associated publication, dissemination and project organisation. The project will employ another Postdoctoral Research Associate based at the University of Cyprus who will conduct research in Greece.

The project, that the successful candidates would play a part in, is led by Dr Olga Demetriou (at Durham) and Prof Antonis Ellinas (at the University of Cyprus). Using ethnographic methods alongside interviews and document analysis, the project studies the governance of migration through the lens of refugee reception sites with a focus on political contestation between pro- and anti-migration actors. It adopts a comparative methodology to analyse conventional, contentious, and cultural forms of activism and the effect of actions on the success of mobilization. The project takes a collaborative approach on field engagement through partnerships with institutions, and on the production of public outputs.

The post-holders will be expected to conduct ethnographic research in two reception locations in Spain (1 post) and two reception locations in Italy (1 post), comprising the full range of participant observation methods in order to document the narratives, events, activities, and processes that develop around migration in these sites. The post-holders should have English proficiency, as well as proficiency in the language in which the research will be conducted, i.e. Spanish and Italian respectively.

All research expenses are covered, and the successful candidate will be funded to attend and present at conferences as well as engage in knowledge exchange activities. The project leads will develop a bespoke programme of professional development for the project PDRAs.

How to Apply

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Olga Demetriou  All enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence.

We prefer to receive applications online via the Durham University Vacancies Site. As part of the application process, you should provide details of 2 (preferably academic/research) referees and the details of your current line manager so that we may seek an employment reference.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in the University.

What to Submit
All applicants are asked to submit by 9th December 2022:
  • A CV and covering letter which details your experience, strengths and potential in the requirements set out above;
  • One writing sample in the form of an article (published or in draft) or a thesis chapter, exemplifying your analytic or methodological approaches.
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