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Vacancy: Assistant professor in international development studies with expertise in urban and land governance

The Department of Human Geography and Planning (SGPL) at Utrecht University seeks to appoint an Assistant Professor in International Development Studies (IDS) with extensive field experience (in Africa, Asia and/or Latin America) and with expertise in the field of urban and land governance, focusing on rural/urban dynamics, responsible business and/or sustainable livelihoods. This position will augment and complement with departmental strengths in sustainable cities and regions.

Central to the UU-IDS research and teaching programme is the understanding of processes of societal and environmental change, particularly in Asia, Latin America and Africa, and assessing the consequences of translocal relations for inclusive and sustainable development.

UU-IDS is looking for a colleague (0,6 fte teaching and 0,4 fte research) who can initiate, both independently as well as in collaboration with IDS colleagues, new research related to the above mentioned fields and which complements the programmes of existing IDS staff. Besides research activities, the successful candidate will be teaching in the IDS-related B.A and MSc programmes, and playing an active role in student and PhD supervision. Furthermore, he/she will actively pursue funding for research, and contribute to its societal impact.


The IDS group seeks a highly motivated candidate who holds a PhD in International Development Studies or a relevant related discipline (preferably Human Geography, Development Economics or Anthropology) . If you …

  • have experience (preferably as a Postdoc researcher) in conducting scientific research leading to high-quality publications
  • have extensive field experience (in Africa, Asia and/or Latin America, preferably in combination)
  • have a good international research network (academic institutions as well as development oriented organizations)
  • have teaching experience in the field of M&T (mixed research methods, preferably including quantitative analysis)
  • have experience with, or are looking forward to acquiring experience in obtaining research funding
  • are enthusiastic about – and preferably have experience in – teaching and supervising students from the undergraduate to PhD levels
  • are proficient in both written and spoken English, preferably also in French and/or Spanish
  • are a team player, looking forward to contributing to our IDS-group, including LANDac ( and collaborating with other groups within our department

you are encouraged to apply! Please find more information and details about the application process on the Academictransfer website: Vacancy Assistant Professor in International Development Studies (1.0 fte).