Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

Assistant/Associate Professor (Tenure Track) Governing Resilience of the RURBAN Metropolis, Twente University

Application deadline: 4 May 2019

The Department of Governance and Technology for Sustainable Development (CSTM), University of Twente (UT) and the 4TU.Federation strategic program on ‘Designing Systems for Informed Resilience Engineering’ (DeSIRE), the Netherlands, invite applications for a Tenure-Track Assistant/Associate Professor position in Governing Resilience of integrated RURBAN areas. Modern societies are confronted with a growing number of shocks leading to large-scale disruptions, ranging from extreme weather events to societal unrest. Rapid urbanization worldwide leads to the emergence of conglomerations and ‘networks’ of large and small cities, urbanized and rural regions—beyond the (mega) city. In those conglomerations, decentralized learning and constant adaptation among various actors foster resilience and technology for sustainable development. Urban and regional transformations add a spatial technological dimension (in delta’s, regions, towns, villages, agglomerations) to the transdisciplinary and cross-sectoral study of public governance for resilience. Such an approach would link innovative, systemic, and technology-driven resilience assessments and strategies (e.g. ‘smart regions’, ‘intelligent villages’, ‘digital delta’s’, computational ‘big data policy centers’) to behavioral and institutional perspectives on civic engagement, communal participation and common pool resource management. This Tenure-Track position is embedded within the Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences (BMS) and will be part of the BMS Resilience Research Program. The new Assistant/Associate Professor is one of the 16 new tenure trackers funded by the 4TU.Federation strategic research program on resilience of social-technical-environmental systems ‘Designing Systems for Informed Resilience Engineering’ (DeSIRE). For more details refer to: https://www.utwente.nl/en/bms/cstm/vacancies/

Job description

As a young scholar who aspires to become an academic leader in your field, you have an opportunity to establish an independent research line in the emerging area of Governing Resilience. Your key job responsibilities include:

  • Research: develop a ‘Resilience Governance’ research line within the Department, Faculty and University, resulting in high quality journal publications and national and international scholarly visibility. (Co-)supervise PhD students towards a successful completion and disseminate research outcomes at internationally leading conferences.
  • Education: undertake research-led teaching at different levels, contribute to existing courses (e.g. MSc Environmental and Energy Management, BSc Management, Society and Technology, and MSc Public Administration) and develop new courses. Supervise BSc and MSc students.
  • Valorization: attract research funding individually and collaboratively to underpin high quality research and the potential for an impact beyond academia. Proactive engagement with governmental organizations and private sector is encouraged. UT provides support with preparing VENI/VIDI/VICI and ERC proposals.
  • Organization: Contribute to organizational / administrative activities and committees within the CSTM Department and the BMS Faculty. You will form collaborations with other members of the DeSIRE program where building resilience is a long-term objective.

Your profile

You are highly motivated and qualified academic who has an ambition to develop an internationally acknowledged and recognized research group on resilience governance. Ideally, you share an interest in technology and local self-governance, as well as governance assessment models and sustainable urban-rural development challenges. Areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to: climate resilient cities, spatial planning, integrated area development, European/regional/local governance.

  • You hold a PhD degree in Public Administration, Political Science or a related discipline within social or sustainability sciences;
  • You have experience as a post-doctoral researcher (for Assistant Professor level) / you have several years of experience working as an Assistant Professor (for Associate Professor level). You preferably have international research experience;
  • You are have a strong interest in driving a research agenda that contributes solutions to Sustainable Development Goals;
  • You deliver high quality research as proven by your publication record in peer-review journals;
  • Experience with computational methods – including GIS, data analytics, complexity science, text mining, social media analysis and others – in applications to governance and (comparative) policy assessments is an advantage;
  • You have a passion for teaching at BSc and MSc levels, have experience in delivering academic courses and/or course programs. You have good mentoring skills to (co-) supervise BSc, MSc and PhD projects;
  • Experience in acquiring grants will strengthen your application;
  • You have good communication and presentation skills, and an excellent command of English.

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Wednesday 20 March 2019