The University of Stavanger invites applicants for a position as Postdoctoral Fellow in Populism and Sustainable Development at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Media and Social Sciences. The Postdoctoral Fellow is employed for a period of 2 years, starting in 2022 at the latest.
The objective of the position is to strengthen research, and to give researchers/scholars holding a doctoral degree the opportunity for further qualification toward top academic positions.
Sustainability, climate change, and environmental issues in general have been mobilised as rallying points for resistance by right-wing populists. From positions within and outside parliaments, these forces have pushed back against national policies and regulation intended to enact sustainable transitions, while withdrawing support for international agreements. On the other hand, we have seen the rise of a so-called green populism with the potential to fuel and mobilise broad popular support for sustainable transitions. Such interventions in the interrelated climate and biodiversity crises have been performed by Greta Thunberg and the Extinction Rebellion respectively. These trends beg the question of whether there is a connection between the politics of sustainable development and patterns of popular support for populist parties and movements.
Surprisingly scant attention has so far been given to the ways in which right-wing populism, post-truth politics, and local resistance challenge sustainable transitions nationally and internationally. This lack is problematic as the relationship between the global and the regional has proven central in mobilisation of a populist ‘us’ against a globalist or cosmopolitan ‘them’. Similarly, research on climate change long neglected the influence of discursive strategies on policy processes and still has some catching up to do. While sustainability politics is often ‘all talk and no action’, surprisingly few analyses focus on its’ discursive dimensions.
With a point of departure in the field sketched above, the post-doctoral research project will study the intersection of populism and sustainable transitions, focusing on one or more of the following subtopics:
The post-doctoral researcher will collaborate with Prof. Hande Eslen-Ziya and the interdisciplinary research group on Populism, Anti-Gender and Democracy. The fellow is also expected to interact with colleagues across the IMS, including the research group on Social and Spatial Justice in Times of Transition.
The research group on Populism, Anti-gender Democracy (https://www.uis.no/en/populism-necessarychallenge-democracy) gathers researchers across disciplines to study both right-wing and left-wing-populism, anti-gender developments and its effects on democracy. The group organises the Fringe Talks seminar-series with international speakers and engages in international cooperation and publications on these themes. The group on Social and Spatial Justice in Times of Transition collaborate on justice-related research at the intersection of three on-going transitions: the green transition, the participatory turn, and smart digitalisation. The group also maintains close collaborative ties with Norwegian municipalities and other external partners, while seeking to build and develop an international network of researchers working on these topics.
The qualifying project will be carried out at the University of Stavanger. It is assumed that the appointee will work full time on the project and that she/he will participate in the academic community.
You must submit a description of a research project within the subject area and plan for its completion. The project proposal must show how you will proceed to carry out the research work, what the key issues and hypotheses will be, what theories and methods you will apply, publication channels and a schedule for carrying out the work. It must be clear from the application in what way the project will add your competence. The project proposal will be included in the competence assessment.
The final project description and progress plan are drawn up in consultation with the supervisor (s) during the first three months of the employment period. It is a prerequisite that you complete the project during the employment period.
You must have a Ph.D. in sociology or adjacent disciplines with a specialisation relevant for the project. The Ph.D. thesis must have been submitted for evaluation within the application deadline for the position and approved before accession.
You must have good command of both oral and written English.
In the assessment the following criteria will be emphasised:
University of Stavanger values independence, involvement and innovation. Diversity is respected and considered a resource in our work and learning environment. Universal design characterises physical and digital learning environments, and we strive to provide reasonable adjustments for employees with disabilities.
You are encouraged to apply regardless of gender, disability or cultural background.
The university aims to recruit more men within the subject area. If several applicants are considered to have equal qualifications, male applicants will be given priority.
More information on the position can be obtained from Head of department Professor Oluf Langhelle, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Professor Hande Eslen-Ziya e-mail: email@example.com.
Information about the appointment procedure can be obtained from HR-consultant Annette Falch Lothe, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To apply for this position please follow the link "Apply for this job". Your application letter, relevant education and work experience as well as language skills must be registered here. In the application letter, you must state your research interests and motivation for the position.
The following documents must be uploaded as attachments to your application:
Applications are evaluated based on the information available in Jobbnorge on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above.
The documentation must be available in either a Scandinavian language or in English. If the total size of the attachments exceeds 30 MB, they must be compressed before upload.
Please note that information on applicants may be published even if the applicant has requested not to be included in the official list of applicants - see Section 25 of the Freedom of Information Act. If your request is not granted, you will be notified.
UiS only considers applications and attachments registered in Jobbnorge.
The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to UiS.
Employment as Postdoctoral Fellow is regulated in "Regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment for the posts of post-doctoral research fellow and research fellow, research assistant and resident".
Your qualifications for the position, based on documentation registered in Jobbnorge, will be assessed by an internal expert committee. Based on the committee's statement, relevant applicants will be invited to an interview before any recommendations are made. References will also be obtained for relevant candidates. More about the hiring process on our website.
UiS has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for the purpose of securing rights to intellectual property created by its employees, including research results.
It is a prerequisite that you have a residence which enables you to be present at/available to the academic community during ordinary working hours.
The position has been announced in both Norwegian and English. In the case of differences of meaning between the texts, the Norwegian text takes precedence.Continue reading
|Title||Postdoctoral Fellow in Populism and Sustainable Development|
|Employer||University of Stavanger|
|Job location||Kjell Arholmsgt. 41, 4036 Stavanger|
|Published||June 10, 2021|
|Application deadline||August 15, 2021|
|Job types||Postdoc  |
|Fields||Sociology,   Gender Studies,   Comparative Democratization,   Public Policy,   Science, Technology and Environmental Politics,   Social Research  |