Archive: Marzo 13th, 2013

• Chair in Human Geography (Bristol)

Chair in Human Geography

University of Bristol -School of Geographical Sciences

Language:English (UK)

Region: South West

Country: United Kingdom

Job number: ACAD100270

Work Hours 35.0 Hours per Week

Job Type: Research and Teaching

Within the professorial salary range starting from £59,040 per annum

The School of Geographical Sciences at the University of Bristol invites
applications for a new Chair in Human Geography. We are seeking an
internationally outstanding applicant with strong leadership and
collaborative experience, and an extensive track record of influential
scholarly publications. We seek applicants whose research broadens and
expands on the strengths of our existing research groups in Political
Economy, Historical and Cultural Geography, and Spatial Modelling.
Candidates from all areas of human geography are encouraged to apply, but
we particularly wish to build capacity in Spatial Modelling and/or in
environmental social science. The former would complement and strengthen
our existing expertise in quantitative geography, while the latter would
support the University of Bristol’s Cabot Institute, which serves as the
focal point for research at Bristol on global environmental change and
uncertainty ( Other potentially relevant
areas include gender and material embodiment; political ecology and
nature-society relations; resource geographies; geographies of urbanism and
technology; geopolitics and violence; health and well-being; race, religion
and social movements; and geographies of the global South.

This appointment builds on the international success of the School. We are
the only Geography department in the country to come in the top category
across every RAE that has been undertaken since 1986. Human geography
research at Bristol builds upon our long standing reputation for
theoretical and methodological innovation, moving into new areas such as
geographies of knowledge and political economic geographies, and providing
evidence for important policy impacts in finance, elections and health.
Physical geography research focuses on Earth system science, developing new
environmental data, producing novel numerical models used in academic and
applied contexts, and deploying expertise in evaluating models using
large-scale datasets.

The closing date is 15th April 2013 with an anticipated selection process
at the end of May 2013.

• Political geography graduate student paper competitions

Description: The student paper competitions are open to all students who have written and presented a research paper on a topic in political geography.

Guidelines are as follows:

1.      The competition is open to all students, however a student may not receive a Student Paper Competition award more than once during her/his tenure as a student.  See also 8a below.

2.      The entries must be research papers and not complete theses or dissertations. Papers must not be longer than 15 pages double spaced 12 point font, plus bibliography.

3.      Entries must be on a topic in political geography.

4.      Paper entries must have been presented at a professional meeting during the period beginning with the first day of the previous AAG Annual Meeting and concluding with the last day of the next AAG Annual Meeting.

5.      Digital copies of papers must be submitted electronically to the PGSG’s Student Paper Award Committee chair by Friday March 15, 2013.

6.      Submissions will normally be divided into Masters and Ph.D. student divisions.

7.      Submissions will be judged on their written clarity, methodological and theoretical soundness, and their contributions to research in political geography.

8.      All monetary prizes are awarded at the discretion of the Student Paper Award Committee. Awards will normally include:

A.  A regional student-paper award: for a paper presented at a Regional AAG meeting; award will be $100 for the top paper(MA or Ph.D. level, only one award); a student may not win both student paper awards;

B. Doctoral Student Award ($250),

C. Master’s Student Award ($250),

D.  up to three Honorable Mention awards ($150).

9. The results of the Student Paper Award competitions will be announced to the winners just prior to the annual AAG meeting. The awardees (including any Honorable Mention awardees) will be invited to attend the annual AAG Awards Luncheon at the expense of the PGSG.  The awards will be formally announced at the PGSG business meeting and payment will take place shortly thereafter. The awardees’ names and paper titles will be forwarded to the AAG for publication in the AAG Newsletter.

10.     Any questions pertaining to eligibility will be resolved by the Student Paper Award Committee.

Graduate Student Paper Committee:

Corey Johnson, Committee Chair, University of North Carolina – Greensboro,

Steve Radil, Ball State University,

Helga Leitner,University of Minnesota,

• Postdoctoral Position on Mega-Events in Brazil

The Department of Geography at the University of Zurich is seeking an outstanding candidate to fill one fully funded


Postdoctoral Position on Mega-Events in Brazil (100%)


for a period of 4 years. The earliest start date is August 2013.


The post is part of a new research group headed by Prof. Dr. Martin Müller. The incumbent will be responsible for designing, conducting and publishing research on the role of socio-material networks in knowledge circulation and governance in the context of mega-events. The Olympic Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro and the FIFA World Cup 2014 will serve as case studies. The post is embedded in a larger comparative project, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, that will also include the Olympic Games and the FIFA World Cup in Russia.



Candidates should have completed their doctoral dissertations in a pertinent social science discipline such as (but not limited to) Human Geography, Political Science, Anthropology, Organisation and Management Studies, Urban Studies or Sociology. While based in the Department of Geography, the group will conduct interdisciplinary research, drawing on a range of diverse academic traditions.


Expertise in qualitative methods (semi-structured interviews, participant observation) and experience with fieldwork in Brazil or in the context of mega-events are a strong plus. Familiarity or a willingness to engage with poststructuralist theories is expected. Excellent command of English, in writing and speaking, is a requirement. Knowledge of Portuguese will be useful for the fieldwork. Experience with publishing in English is an asset.


The salary is competitive.


Applications should be in English and include a cover letter laying out your motivation for the position, how you meet the criteria detailed above and your career plans. Applications should further include your CV, copies of relevant degrees and certificates and an English-language writing sample (e.g. a publication, working paper or a chapter of your thesis).


Please send your application in one pdf-file to Informal enquiries can be directed to the same address. For further information go to



Closing date for applications: 19 April 2013. Interviews will take place on 03 May 2013, either in person or via Skype.


Department of Geography

The Department of Geography at the University of Zurich is a dynamic and multi-national department with an international reputation. With more than 15 postdocs, 70 PhD students and 13 professors, the department offers a vibrant, stimulating environment for cutting-edge research. The three chairs in human geography cover economic geography (Christian Berndt), political geography (Benedikt Korf) and social and cultural geography (Ulrike Müller-Böker). The department hosts regular lecture series and distinguished guest researchers from around the world. Further information about the department can be found at


University of Zurich

With more than 25,000 students and 3,000 academic staff, the University of Zurich is the largest university in Switzerland. It is among the leading universities in Europe for academic performance and offers a welcoming place for the brightest minds around the world to engage in critical and innovative thought. For further information see


Zurich – the city

Consistently ranked first among cities worldwide in multiple quality of living surveys, Zurich is a city of 400,000 and the core of the largest metropolitan area in Switzerland. It is compact enough to navigate on bicycle (or with the outstanding public transport system), but also boasts an extraordinary cosmopolitan atmosphere. It has a world-leading contemporary art scene and opera house as well as a lively bar and club scene. Zurich is the gateway to an unparalleled natural environment for outdoor activities in the Alps and, through the international airport, to more than 174 destinations across the globe.

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