University Academic Fellow in New Migrations in the UK and Europe
University of Leeds – Faculty of Education, Social Sciences, and Law
Deadline: 30th September 2015.
We are seeking a high calibre individual to take forward this unique opportunity to advance the research agenda on ‘New Migrations in the UK and Europe’. With labour migration, especially from Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean, a very hot topic politically, the study of recent European migrations in terms of discrimination, xenophobia, ethnic tensions and nationalism has become a crucial local, national and comparative topic.
New migrations raise fundamental structural and cultural issues about the levels of toleration for foreign workers, integration policy for new migrants and families, competition with the native work force and costs to welfare, for example, driving UKIP anti-EU arguments, differentiating or stratifying wanted and unwanted migrants with respect to the demographic demand for new migrants in an ageing and polarising society.
Under the mentorship of Adrian Favell, Professor of Sociology and Social Theory and Ian Law, Professor of Racism and Ethnicity Studies, you will develop a research profile that addresses these social challenges, contributing to the University’s ambition to excel at REF2020, via a sustained record of internationally excellent publications and funded research with high impact. You will shape inter-disciplinary collaborations with colleagues interested in migration from across the University and beyond, developing the School of Sociology and Social Policy’s international partnerships through conference attendance and other research activities. You will co-supervise PhDs and contribute to teaching in the field of Sociology and Social Policy at undergraduate/postgraduate level as required. You would also be expected to submit grant applications including smaller individual or networking research grants as well as working with colleagues across the schools to submit larger grants, for example, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Future Research Leaders Scheme; Leverhulme Fellowship; Horizon 2020, and to support the expansion of taught programmes aimed in particular at international students, for example, in the areas of public administration, media and culture, and/or migration studies.
You will have significant proven research experience within the field of migration and the ability to teach at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate level, as well as a clear and compelling vision for personal academic development. We encourage applicants with quantitative or other advanced methodological research skills which would complement existing methodologies in the School.