CfP for the 8th Nordic Geographers Meeting in Trondheim, Norway

Please consider this CfP for the NGM 2019 in Trondheim, Norway (June 16-19, 2019), for a paper session Regional development paths and critical junctures.

Session organisers:

Dr Markus Grillitsch, Department of Human Geography & CIRLCE – Center for Innovation Research and Competence in a Learning Economy, Lund University;

Dr Nadir Kinossian, Department of Regional Geography of Europe, the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IfL)

Regional development paths and critical junctures

This session will explore possible linkages between the current debates in (1) regional path development studies, and (2) critical junctures and window of opportunity studies. Structural factors such as industrial composition, the size of the economy, or the level of infrastructure can only partly explain regional development paths. Changes in politics, policy, and institutions can be explained by analysing the behaviour of actors. If we presuppose that the establishment of a new regional development path is an outcome of a critical juncture in economic or institutional development, we could use the critical juncture literature to explain the mechanism of such change.

This session invites contributions that i) disentangle the effects of structure and agency on regional economic change; ii) link institutional change and regional development, and iii) focus on the micro-level processes, agents and their networks. Contributing to this line of inquiry, this session invites papers that address the following questions:

  • To what extent, under which conditions, and how can agency contribute to regional growth paths beyond what could be expected due to structural preconditions?
  • How can critical junctures and window of opportunity models be used to analyse regional path development?
  • Which processes within and beyond firms underpin regional growth paths?
  • What are the causal factors explaining new path development in (different types of) regions?
  • How do different regional industrial paths interplay and shape regional growth paths?
  • What is the role of policy in shaping regional growth paths?

Please send an abstract of around 300 words to: markus.grillitsch@keg.lu.se and n_kinossian@ifl-leipzig.de

Deadline for abstract submission: December 15, 2018

Notification: January 15, 2019

More information from the conference web site: https://www.ntnu.edu/geography/ngm-2019

Scientific Researcher (PhD‐position, TV‐L 13, 65%, 36 months)

Leibniz Institute for Regional GeographyThe Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IfL) in Leipzig, Germany, invites applications for
the position of:

Scientific Researcher (PhD‐position, TV‐L 13, 65%, 36 months)

This position is part of an international joint research project, Agents of Change in Old‐industrial Regions in Europe (ACORE), funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. The project is coordinated by the IfL and includes the following project partners: Lund University, Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem, Cardiff University and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The main ambition of the ACORE project is to investigate how old‐industrial regions located outside major European agglomerations can deal with unfavourable structural conditions and create a new development path leading to prosperity and well‐being, contributing to the social cohesion and stability of Europe as a whole. The successful candidate is expected to become an engaged member of the joint research project. The IfL is an independent research institute specialising in human geography, and is a member of the Leibniz Association, which includes Germany’s leading research institutions. The institute is funded by the State of Saxony, the Federal Republic of Germany, and by project funding.

We offer

  • The position of a Scientific Researcher based within the Department for Regional Geography of Europe funded for 36 months, starting from 01.01.2019
  • Opportunities to develop and implement research ideas within the framework of the ACORE project
  • Opportunities to pursue a doctoral degree at Leipzig University
  • Family‐friendly working conditions that encourage the compatibility of work and family life, flexible organisation of working time, and a good working environment
  • Generous travel allowance to cover conference attendance, and additional funding for publication activities
  • Institutional support, office space, access to IfL library resources
  • Compensation according to the regulations for level TV‐L 13

Your responsibilities

  • To design and implement a research project that contributes to the overall goals of the ACORE project
  • To work on two Germany‐based case studies; both are non‐metropolitan urban centres located in old‐industrial regions
  • By drawing comparisons with other countries, contribute to the findings and the scientific outputs of the ACORE project
  • Assume a fair share of responsibility in preparing project workshops, conferences, and outreach activities, and to actively participate in such events
  • Contribute to project dissemination activities through peer‐reviewed academic and policy publications, and presentations at national and international conferences
  • To contribute to and participate in the Institute’s research activities and events
  • The fulfillment of the tasks requires the willingness to travel in the study region and abroad

Our expectations

  • Academic background (Master’s level) in human geography, European studies, public policy, urban and regional planning, or related disciplines
  • Familiarity with the current debates on European cohesion, spatial policy, and urban and regional development
  • Experience in qualitative research methods and in designing and conducting semi‐structured interviews
  • High proficiency (spoken and written) in German is essential, as the fieldwork will be conducted in German
  • High proficiency in English (spoken and written) is important for communication within the project
  • Experience in presenting at international conferences
  • Publications in peer‐reviewed academic journals and policy outlets is an advantage

Personal qualities

  • High level of motivation and the ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Personal commitment and reliability

The IfL follows the goal of professional equality of women and men and has received the Total E‐Quality seal for its efforts. Applications from qualified women are most welcome. Recognised persons with disabilities receive preference by equal qualification. We welcome applications from individuals with a migration background.

Please send your application in English in a single pdf file (maximum 30 pages) with the subject line “Job Application: Scientific Researcher ACORE” to: personal@ifl‐leipzig.de. Your application should include CV, motivation letter, copies of relevant certificates and degrees, themes of prior work, including projects and relevant publications. The motivation letter may include a short description of your proposed contribution to the ACORE project.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview conducted in late November 2018.

Deadline for receipt of applications: 31 October 2018
Further information: Dr Nadir Kinossian N_Kinossian@ifl‐leipzig.de

5 Early State Researcher Positions available for the project Agents of Change in Old-industrial Regions in Europe

Agents of Change in Old-industrial Regions in Europe is an international joint research project funded by the Volkswagen Foundation a 925.200 Euro grant through the period of 36 months (January 2019 – December 2021). The project is coordinated by the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography in Leipzig, Germany. A research consortium includes the following project partners:

  • Dr Nadir Kinossian (PL), Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (Germany);
  • Dr Markus Grillitsch, Lund University (Sweden);
  • Dr Vladan Hruška, Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem (Czechia);
  • Dr Erika Nagy, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Hungary);
  • Prof Kevin Morgan, Cardiff University (UK)

Each project partner institution will appoint an Early State Researcher (ESR) to conduct his or her research project contributing to the overall goals of the Agents of Change project. Successful candidate employed in all project partner institutions are expected to become an engaged member of the joint research project and to conduct research activities according to the regulations of the host institution and the Volkswagen Foundation.

Each ESR will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • To work on two selected national cases, including data collection through different techniques (e.g. interviews with key actors), data analysis, and presentation of the results. ESR’s project will contribute to the overall aims and the scientific output of the joint research project.
  • To take a share of responsibility in the preparation of project workshops, conferences, and outreach activities and to participate in project events according to the schedule;
  • To contribute to project dissemination activities through academic and policy publications and conference presentations,

Calls for applications of project member institutions are available below.

Cardiff University

Jan Evangelista Purkyne University

Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography

Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Lund University

Full-time assistant research fellow position – Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

MTA KRTKThe Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (http://www.krtk.mta.hu/english/) calls for applications to a full-time (100%) assistant research fellow position at the Institute for Regional Studies, Alföld Department, Békéscsaba group.

The conditions of employment (including salary, allowances and benefits, etc.)  are defined by the Act on Public Employment (Hungary, 1992. Act XXXIII. 20/A§). 

The position is available from the 1st of January, 2019; the duration of the employment is 36 months. The place of work: CERS HAS, Békéscsaba, Szabó Dezső str. 42.

The young research fellow’s primary tasks will be related to the international research project Agents of Change in Old Industrial Regions funded by the Volkswagen Stiftung. The project is focused on exploring how agents in old industrial regions outside major agglomerations respond the social and economic decline and create new development path to economic prosperity and well-being. The aims of the project are: 

  • to develop a better understanding of the emergence of new development paths in old industrial regions outside metropolitan areas, and the implications for socio-spatial development;
  • to strengthen academic collaboration among scholars in the EU and facilitate knowledge exchange between academia and policy makers;
  • utilising the results of international comparison and knowledge exchange to develop policy recommendations for discovering new development approaches to Europe’s old industrial regions in various social, historical, and cultural contexts.

The specific project-related duties of the fellow to be employed by CERS HAS are:

  • Collecting data (documents, statistics, conducting interviews) on the two fields of study (Tatabánya, Tiszaújváros), taking part in the processing, analysis, and the publication of the empirical results;
  • Supporting the organisation of workshops, conferences, project meetings related to the project; contributing to the dissemination of overall project results (WP2);
  • Helping the dissemination of the results of domestic case studies at academic public policy forums.

The language of the project is English.

The research fellow is expected to proceed with her/his PhD studies for which, the institute will provide support, such as time and the tuition fee for studies at a doctoral school.  

The fellow will also be part of the daily practices of the institute, such as organising and participating in events, meetings, dissemination and outreach activities, etc.

For the period of the 36-month full employment as an assistant research fellow, CERS HAS and its Békéscsaba group provide the conditions for developing research ideas and implementing empirical research, support publication activities and travelling to national and international conferences in the framework of the Agents of change project. The fellow will also get experience in international team work and project management. The supervision will be provided by the senior researchers of the Békéscsaba group. The Institute provides technical conditions for the research work such as office spaces, IT facilities, and access to the CERS HAS library and the databases. Moreover, we offer open and friendly atmosphere for work in Békéscsaba, as well as all advantages of an interdisciplinary, networked, multi-local academic institute.

Essential requirements:

  • Having a MA/MSC degree;
  • Proficiency in speaking, writing and listening in Hungarian (field work; analysis)
  • Proficiency in speaking, writing and listening in English (project communication; dissemination activities; giving conference papers; publication)
  • Personal qualities needed for academic work, such as being devoted to exploratory research, good communication skills, ability to work in team and keeping deadlines.

Desirable requirements

  • MA/MSc in any of the fields of geography, sociology or economics;
  • Being enrolled at a doctoral school;
  • Having experience in qualitative methods/field work, data management and analysis;
  • Experience in giving papers at conferences;
  • Experience in academic writing (published paper/s);
  • Experience of organising events;
  • Experience in managing websites.

For further information, you should contact Erika Nagy, CERS HAS IRS, Alföld Dept. Békéscsaba group (nagye@rkk.hu; +36-20-9149985).

The applications should be submitted electronically in Hungarian to mader.edit@krtk.mta.hu until the 16th of November 2018, including your detailed CV (with earlier projects and publications), copies of degrees, language certificates, signed declaration on accepting CERS HAS terms on data management, and a good-conduct certificate.

Selected candidates will be interviewed in the course of the last week of November 2018.

Early stage researcher (0.75 FTE) – Jan Evangelista Purkyně University

Jan Evangelista Purkyne UniversityJan Evangelista Purkyně University (Ústí nad Labem, Czechia) (www.ujep.cz) invites applications from qualified and motivated candidates for the position of:

Early stage researcher (0.75 FTE)

The position is based in the Department of Geography Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem (UJEP, http://geography.ujep.cz/uvod?lang=en) and is available from 1 January, 2019 for the period of 36 months.

The successful candidate will join an international research project titled Agents of Change in Old-industrial Regions in Europe funded by the Volkswagen Foundation (for more information see project website: https://www.acore-project.eu/ ). The main ambition of Agents of Change is to investigate how old-industrial regions located outside major agglomerations in Europe can deal with the unfavourable structural conditions and trends and can create a new development path leading to prosperity and well-being, contributing to social cohesion and stability of Europe as a whole. The aim of this project is three-fold:

  • to develop a better understanding of the emergence of new development paths in old industrial regions and the implications for social and spatial development;
  • to strengthen academic collaboration among scholars in EU countries and to facilitate knowledge exchange between academia and policy circles;
  • utilising the results of international comparison and knowledge exchange, to develop policy recommendations for discovering new development paths for Europe’s old industrial regions in various socio-spatial, historical, and cultural contexts.

The Department of Geography is part of the Faculty of Science of the Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem. It is focused on teaching and research in all areas of geography, mainly physical and human geography, GIS and cartography. This combination enables scholars of the department to conduct research in many interdisciplinary tasks such as restructuring and change in European rural regions, natural hazards and adaptation to environmental change by local communities, historical landscape research, territorial identities, image building and regional development etc. As the University is located in the old industrial Ústí nad Labem region, research of the department reflects special social, economic and environmental conditions and institutional setting that is typical for this type of region. The Department has currently about 20 employees who are part of five international research projects with significant outreach into public policy and planning.

The offer

  • The 0.75 FTE position for a PhD Researcher for the uninterrupted period of 36 months.
  • Opportunities to develop and implement research ideas within the framework of the Agents of Change project. Supervision will be conducted by the Department of Geography of UJEP.
  • Generous funding for travelling to conferences and project workshops. Additional funding will be available to facilitate publication activities.
  • Family-friendly working conditions that encourage the compatibility of work and family life, flexible organisation of working time, and a generally good working environment.
  • Institutional support, office space, access to the library resources.

Your responsibilities

  • Design and implementation of a research project contributing to the overall goals of Agents of Change project.
  • Completion of a PhD research project and studies according to the regulations of the UJEP.
  • Conducting interviews with key actors within the region and Czechia.
  • Assistance with organisation of project-related events.
  • Participation in conferences (including international), project workshops, and events.
  • Joint publication of research results in academic journals.

Essential requirements

  • Academic background (Master’s level) in geography, regional development or related disciplines.
  • Familiarity with the current debates in European cohesion, spatial policy, urban and regional development.
  • Experience in qualitative research methods.
  • Proficiency in Czech as the fieldwork will be conducted in Czech.
  • Fluent in English as English is the language of communication within the project.

Desirable requirements

  • Experience in presenting at international conferences.
  • Publications in academic journals.
  • Experience in designing and conducting semi-structured interviews.

Please send your application in English containing:

  • motivation letter,
  • CV including publications,
  • graduate certificates,
  • doctoral project proposal reflecting the goals of the Agents of Change project: 3-5 pages including references to current international scientific literature, defining: (a) problem area, (b) aim of the research, (c) methodological approach.

The application should be sent as a single PDF file with a maximum of 20 pages with the subject line Job application Agents of Change to Jana Tojnarová – jana.tojnarova@ujep.cz .

Further information: Dr Vladan Hruška +420 608 86 55 70         

Deadline for submitting applications: 4 November 2018

1 position for doctoral student in Economic Geography – Lund University, Department of Human Geography

Lund UniversityLund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and 7 400 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The Faculty of Social Sciences at Lund University is one of the leading education and research institutions in Sweden and operates both in Lund and Helsingborg.

The department of Human Geography with about 55 employees, 400 fulltime students and approximately 25 Ph.D. students combines tradition with modern and highly internationalized research and education. The research conducted in several of the fields at the department was judged to be excellent in the most recent research assessment exercise at Lund University (RQ08). In addition, Geography has repeatedly been the highest ranked subject at Lund University, currently ranked 16th in the world and 1st among the Nordic countries according to the QS ranking of 2018. For decades, the department has been very successful in the competition for external research funding. In addition to being embedded in numerous national and international research networks, the department of human geography has close ties with a broad spectrum of departments and faculties at Lund University as well as with specialized centers such as CIRCLE and LUCSUS. The key areas of research and teaching at the Department are economic geography, development geography and landscape, urban and social geography.

The strong research orientation is reflected in education. Many of our courses and programs have been developed in connection with research projects and students are introduced to current knowledge by lecturers engaged in research. The teaching environment has been internationalized over the past decade, and many courses and programs offered at the department are specifically aimed at international students. The department is housed in modern premises in central Lund.

Job assignments:

The successful candidate will join an international research project titled Agents of Change in Old-industrial Regions in Europe funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. The main ambition of Agents of Change is to investigate how old-industrial regions located outside major agglomerations in Europe can deal with the unfavourable structural conditions and trends and can create a new development path leading to prosperity and well-being, contributing to social cohesion and stability of Europe as a whole. The aim of this project is three-fold:

  • to develop a better understanding of the emergence of new development paths in old industrial regions and the implications for social and spatial development;
  • to strengthen academic collaboration among scholars in EU countries and to facilitate knowledge exchange between academia and policy circles;
  • utilising the results of international comparison and knowledge exchange, to develop policy recommendations for discovering new development paths for Europe’s old industrial regions in various socio-spatial, historical, and cultural contexts.

The doctoral candidate programme amounts to 240 credits (equivalent to four years of full time study). It formally ends with the doctoral candidate publicly defending his/her printed doctoral thesis. The holder of a doctoral position has as primary obligation to successfully fulfill the third cycle education ending with a PhD degree. Regulations concerning appointment as a full time doctoral student can be found in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, 1-7 §§.

The holder should direct research to the fields of economic geography related to the “Agents of Change in Old-industrial Regions in Europe” project, to which the doctoral candidate is expected to actively contribute.

In addition to devoting themselves to their studies, those appointed to doctoral positions may be required to work with educational tasks, research and administration, in accordance with specific regulations in the ordinance.

Eligibility/entry requirements:

To be eligible for third cycle studies an applicant must

  • Have been awarded a second cycle degree
  • Have completed studies the equivalent of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 credits are at the second cycle level, or
  • Have acquired comparable qualifications in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

In addition to the requirements described above, the specific entry requirements for the PhD programme in Human Geography is the successful completion of an exam in social or economic geography, or the acquisition of comparable qualifications in Sweden or abroad. The exam should include independent work comprising at least 30 higher education credits – or comparable, half of which at the second cycle level.

The applicant must also have proficiency in spoken and written English corresponding to English B from Swedish upper secondary school. The assessment will be based on national guidelines.

Basis of Assessment:

The employment of doctoral students is regulated in the Swedish Code of Statues 1998: 80. Only those who are or have been admitted to PhD studies may be appointed to doctoral candidate positions. When an appointment to such a position is made, the ability of the student to benefit from PhD studies shall primarily be taken into account. The research plan and its relevance for the project “Agents of Change in Old-industrial Regions in Europe” and the Department’s research profile as well as previously written theses and publications are important indicators of ability.

The ability to communicate in spoken and written English is highly important.

The ability to contribute to the department’s ongoing research activities and teaching environment as well as knowledge of Swedish are additional assets.

Application:

The application must contain:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Copies of grades and examination certificates
  • A concise research plan (maximum 2000 words / four pages). Your plan should preferably refer explicitly how it may be connected to “Agents of Change in Old-industrial Regions in Europe” project. (see link www.acore-project.eu)
  • A short description (maximum 500 words) of i) your motivation to undertake a doctoral programme, and ii) how you will contribute the department’s research and teaching environment.
  • Other qualifications of relevance for the position.

The application must be in English and entered into the Lund University job application portal. If you have problems or questions regarding the application in our recruitment system, please contact Emma Ohlsson 046-222 48 06 e-mail emma.ohlsson@sam.lu.se. If you have specific questions regarding the doctoral position, please see contacts below.