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IIHS Post-Doctoral Programme

IIHS is seeking Post-Doctoral Fellows to join its vibrant intellectual environment within the Academics and Research programme.

 

While Fellows are hired institutionally at IIHS, each is hired into a specific and on-going research-based project. These projects are the Fellow’s first home within the institution. They are thus expected to account for up to half of the Fellow’s time, though this can vary for different projects. The remaining time is equally split between the Fellow’s own research and writing as well as their participation in IIHS institutional roles. These roles include: teaching in on-going academic or capacity building programmes, participating in the internal conference and seminar series, and supporting institutional processes.

 

IIHS has created an internationally-recognised programme that allows Post-Doctoral Fellows to grow and be mentored for their future careers. All Fellows are thus paired with specific mentors within IIHS (within or outside their core research project). A Fellow’s mentorship and progress is tracked through regular performance reviews that help Fellows attain their individual and institutional goals during their time at IIHS.

 

A select set of Fellows have been drawn into the IIHS faculty over the last few years. Others have gone on to take up positions in leading international universities.

 

Post-Doctoral fellowships typically have one or two-year terms, and some may be extendable.

Post-Doctoral Fellow in Urban Planning Education

The IIHS Post-Doctoral Programme

IIHS seeks Post-Doctoral Fellows to join its vibrant intellectual environment within the Academics and Research programme. IIHS is increasingly recognised in India and internationally as a significant node in urban research and practice on the global South. Its promotion of inter-disciplinary pedagogy, on-the-ground learning, an excellent library on various aspects of the urban, and a convivial place for research make it an ideal location for scholarship.

 

Post-Doctoral fellowships at IIHS typically have one or two-year terms, and some may be extendable. While Fellows are hired institutionally at IIHS, each is hired into a specific and on-going research-based project, which will be the Fellow’s first home within IIHS.

 

Project-related research will account for up to half of the Fellow’s time, though this can vary for different projects. The remaining time is equally split between the Fellow’s own research and writing as well as their participation in IIHS institutional roles. These roles include: teaching in on-going academic or capacity building programmes, participating in the internal conference and seminar series, and supporting institutional processes.

 

This call is associated with the KNOW (Knowledge in Action for Urban Equality) consortium, funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), UK.

 

About the KNOW project

The KNOW (Knowledge in Action for Urban Equality) project is led by the Development Planning Unit (DPU) at University College London (UCL) and a range of partner institutions including IIHS, Polytechnic Uni Jose Antonio Echeverria (Cuba), Sierra Leone Urban Resource Centre (Sierra Leone), Asian Coalition for Housing Rights (Sri Lanka), Makerere University (Uganda), Catholic University of Peru (Peru). It seeks to develop research capacities in developing countries and in UK institutions that deliver ODA research, SDG11 and the New Urban Agenda. Recognising that cities are inherently unequal places, being home to immense prosperity and extreme poverty, KNOW focuses on the major knowledge gap in global policy agendas: delivering urban equality for inclusive cities of opportunities for all.

 

The work programme focuses on three key challenges: achieving prosperity; building resilience to disasters and a changing climate; and addressing the persistent problem of extreme poverty. The work programme is divided in six work packages. IIHS co-anchors Work Package 5, which focuses on the education of urban practitioners and planners in the Global South. The IIHS team will also be working on city-relevant research in Jaipur as well as the larger region around it.

 

More details on the project website: https://www.urban-know.com/

 

Post-Doctoral Fellow in Urban Planning Education

This position will involve research on urban planning education and its role in preparing practitioners to deal with questions of urban equality in their professional practice, and will be carried out in close cooperation with our partners at UCL (University College London). The researcher will work closely with the KNOW project team at IIHS on a range of research activities. These will include but not be limited to:

  • An assessment of curriculum for higher education programmes in urban planning and related disciplines in India and more broadly in the Global South, as well as an assessment of continuing education, training and capacity building efforts;
  • Interviews with senior educators in urban planning and related fields, members of professional planning associations, and alumni of planning programmes as well as capacity building and training courses to identify concerns related to planning education;
  • Documenting innovative case studies of urban planning education across cities of the Global South, as well as tracking the alumni trajectories of learners from these programmes;
  • Preliminary work to map educational institutions and civil society organisations in Jaipur and Rajasthan, and to build partnerships to test and deliver pedagogical interventions in urban planning.

 

Over the course of the project (2018-2021), this research will result in an identification of gaps in urban planning education, which will be addressed through a series of curriculum design interventions that will be implemented in partnership with local universities and other organisations. The programme also hopes to develop content in multiple forms, such as online courses, training workshops, summer/ winter course, etc. to build knowledge across audiences.

 

Field work

This position is based in Bengaluru, with travel for fieldwork to Jaipur and other smaller cities / towns in Rajasthan. This is a one-year position, extendable.

  

Qualifications

Applicants should have:

  • A PhD in urban planning, geography, civil engineering or related disciplines with an interest in planning pedagogy and planning practice; or in education with an emphasis on the pedagogy of higher education or continuing education; or in public policy with experience in urban issues;
  • 1-2 years of professional experience in urban planning or urban policy, or in the field of education and pedagogy would be desirable;
  • An ability to work as part of inter-disciplinary teams in a flexible work environment;
  • Prior professional experience in Rajasthan will be an advantage;
  • Teaching experience in urban planning or related disciplines will be an advantage;
  • Fluency in Hindi.

 

Diversity Policy

IIHS is an equal opportunity employer that encourages women, people with disabilities and those from economically and socially excluded communities with the requisite skills and qualifications to apply for positions.

 

To Apply

If you are interested to explore this opportunity with us, please fill the online application form by clicking here (You can also click on the “Apply Now” button at the end of the Job Description displayed on the website).

 

Contact

Please write to us at hr@iihs.co.in if you need any clarifications while filling the online application form.

 

Note

All offers are on an exclusive basis, which implies that other professional assignments (whether compensated or not) that bear a potential conflict of interest with IIHS cannot be undertaken.

 

Apply Now

 

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Post-Doctoral Fellow in Urban Energy Systems

The IIHS Post-Doctoral Programme: GCRF PEAK

IIHS seeks Post-Doctoral Fellows to join its vibrant intellectual environment within the Academics and Research programme. IIHS is increasingly recognised in India and internationally as a significant node in urban research and practice on the global South. Its promotion of inter-disciplinary pedagogy, on-the-ground learning, an excellent library on various aspects of the urban, and a convivial place for research make it an ideal location for scholarship.

 

Post-Doctoral fellowships at IIHS typically have one or two-year terms, and some may be extendable. While Fellows are hired institutionally at IIHS, each is hired into a specific and on-going research-based project, which will be the Fellow’s first home within IIHS.

 

Project-related research will account for up to half of the Fellow’s time, though this can vary for different projects. The remaining time is equally split between the Fellow’s own research and writing as well as their participation in IIHS institutional roles. These roles include: teaching in on-going academic or capacity building programmes, participating in the internal conference and seminar series, and supporting institutional processes.

 

This call is associated with the PEAK (Prediction and projection, Emergent urbanism, Adopted knowledge, Knowledge exchange) consortium, funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), UK.

 

About the PEAK project

Led by the University of Oxford, and in partnership with IIHS, Peking University and the University of Cape Town, the PEAK consortium has identified four overarching themes of urban dynamics – Prediction, Emergence, Adoption and Knowledge. Researchers will work across natural sciences (including mathematics, medicine, transport and engineering), the social sciences (including anthropology, development, migration) and humanities (including law, history). The PEAK framework synthesises traditional urban studies disciplines with emergent new urban sciences in a programme of research and capacity building across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. PEAK is grounded in the logic of urban complexity to develop an array of disciplinary perspectives that will address the challenges of the 21st century city. More details on the PEAK consortium are available here: http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk/projects?ref=ES/P011055/1

The focus of the PEAK project is particularly on developing a new cohort of interdisciplinary urban researchers, and therefore offers multiple opportunities for young scholars to develop research, teaching, and writing skills. Opportunities exist for individual scholarship, collaborative work with scholars at partner institutions including the University of Oxford, and the University of Cape Town, as well as potential travel to partner institutions through summer schools and internships.

 

 

Post-Doctoral Fellow in Urban Energy Systems

Cities are emerging as important sites for mediating sustainable energy transitions, which are crucial for meeting development, climate and environmental goals. Much of the urban energy sector is hugely fragmented across national, regional and local axes and across sectors and fuel-types, with weak mandates and ambiguous incentives. The incumbent energy governance regime leaves no space for city governments to intervene and manage key transitions. Focusing on questions of urban energy, and considering technology as a key driver of change, this research will test innovative institutional and governance regimes that could provide for a larger decision-making role for city governments to manage technology mediated urban energy transitions.

 

We intend to set up rigorous mathematical frameworks to examine three aspects:

  1. Segregated technical baselines across the energy value chain, particularly around end-use technology use across the industry, transport, and building sectors;
  2. Energy linkages with economic activity (including informal economy) and
  3. Future pathways of technology-mediated energy trajectories, with underlying necessary frameworks of governance regimes and capital management.

 

This research will have 3 main components: (a)  collection of a range of data, such as micro-patterns of energy use, technical specifications of energy demand, market and regulatory structures and technology specifications; (b) modelling: collected information to be defined in a relational sense, using established mathematical formulations (either using an existing modeling framework or creating a bottom-up assessment frame) to be able to answer Aspects  1 and 2  above and to develop the mathematical frame to enable answering Aspect  3 defined above. In addition, the assessment frame should be able to quantitatively assess the various social, economic and environmental implications of the identified pathways.

 

Fieldwork: This position is based in Bengaluru, with travel for fieldwork. This is a one-year position, extendable.

 

Qualifications: The ideal candidate should have some exposure in frontier research on energy and climate change economics and integrated assessment modelling, with a specific focus on energy modelling, demand side modelling and related statistical analysis.

 

Applicants should already have a Ph.D. or be near completion. A PhD in Economics will be preferred, but degrees in energy engineering, mathematics, physics, computer science, or statistics coupled with an economic background will also be considered. A proven research and publication record with at least one publication in a noted peer-reviewed academic journal is required. Experience in modelling, and proficiency in programming are important pre-requisites.

 

Working knowledge of Kannada and/or Tamil would be an advantage.

 

Diversity Policy: IIHS is an equal opportunity employer that encourages women, people with disabilities and those from economically and socially excluded communities with the requisite skills and qualifications to apply for positions.

 

To Apply: If you are interested to explore this opportunity with us, please fill the online application form by clicking here (You can also click on the “Apply Now” button at the end of the Job Description displayed on the website).

 

Contact: Please write to us at hr@iihs.co.in if you need any clarifications while filling the online application form.

 

Note: All offers are on an exclusive basis, which implies that other professional assignments (whether compensated or not) that bear a potential conflict of interest with IIHS cannot be undertaken.

 

Apply Now

 

Download Job Description Document

Post-Doctoral Fellow in Deindustrialisation in Cities of the Global South and Employment

The IIHS Post-Doctoral Programme

IIHS seeks Post-Doctoral Fellows to join its vibrant intellectual environment within the Academics and Research programme. IIHS is increasingly recognized in India and internationally as a significant node in urban research and practice on the global South. Its promotion of inter-disciplinary pedagogy, on-the-ground learning, an excellent library on various aspects of the urban, and a convivial place for research make it an ideal location for scholarship.

 

Post-Doctoral fellowships at IIHS typically have one or two-year terms, and some may be extendable. While Fellows are hired institutionally at IIHS, each is hired into a specific and on-going research-based project, which will be the Fellow’s first home within IIHS.

Project-related research will account for up to half of the Fellow’s time, though this can vary for different projects. The remaining time is equally split between the Fellow’s own research and writing as well as their participation in IIHS institutional roles. These roles include: teaching in on-going academic or capacity building programmes, participating in the internal conference and seminar series, and supporting institutional processes.

 

This call is associated with the PEAK (Prediction and projection, Emergent urbanism, Adopted knowledge, Knowledge exchange) consortium, funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), UK.

 

About the PEAK project

Led by the University of Oxford, and in partnership with IIHS, Peking University and the University of Cape Town, the PEAK consortium has identified four overarching themes of urban dynamics – Prediction, Emergence, Adoption and Knowledge. Researchers will work across natural sciences (including mathematics, medicine, transport and engineering), the social sciences (including anthropology, development, migration) and humanities (including law, history). The PEAK framework synthesises traditional urban studies disciplines with emergent new urban sciences in a programme of research and capacity building across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. PEAK is grounded in the logic of urban complexity to develop an array of disciplinary perspectives that will address the challenges of the 21st century city. More details on the PEAK consortium are available here: http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk/projects?ref=ES/P011055/1

 

The focus of the PEAK project is particularly on developing a new cohort of interdisciplinary urban researchers, and therefore offers multiple opportunities for young scholars to develop research, teaching, and writing skills. Opportunities exist for individual scholarship, collaborative work with scholars at partner institutions including the University of Oxford and the University of Cape Town, as well as potential travel to partner institutions through summer schools and internships.

 

Post-Doctoral Fellow in Deindustrialisation in Cities of the Global South and Employment

This position will involve research that focuses broadly on how cities in developing countries can generate equitable growth trajectories and broad-based employment opportunities with decent wages in light of “premature deindustrialisation” (Rodrik 2016) and persistent informality (Chen 2012). By focusing on manufacturing enterprises in Bengaluru, a megacity with a substantial services-based economy, we propose to address the following questions. Is formal manufacturing moving further away from the city, as land prices escalate and due to demands for better environmental management within city boundaries? What implications does this have for employment opportunities in the city of Bengaluru? In addressing this question, we will also attempt to build a new base of evidence about enterprises along the formal-informal continuum at the city scale.

 

We seek a person whose research interests broadly align with issues of economic development and employment in the Indian urban context. We are particularly interested in candidates whose work focuses on studying formal and informal manufacturing and employment trends, and who are interested in experimenting with empirical & mixed methods – such as integrating spatial datasets and exploiting alternative sources for economic data besides primary surveys – for example the relationship between land use change and industrialization transformation, an analysis that includes but also goes beyond conventional data bases.

 

The Post-Doctoral Fellow will be part of the process of expanding ongoing research at IIHS on urban economic development and employment. There will also be opportunities for pursing existing and individual work as well as generating new research opportunities within these themes.

 

Field work

This position is based in Bengaluru. This is a one-year position, extendable.

 

Qualifications

Applicants should hold a PhD in a relevant field such as (but not limited to) economics, public policy, economic geography, development economics, geography or urban planning, and an interest in the spatial aspects of the urban economy; with a proven research and publication record in or across urban studies, urban planning, economic development, public policy, urban economics, development economics; and at least one publication in a noted peer-reviewed academic journal. A background or knowledge of urban data science, urban informatics, mathematics, or statistics will be a plus. Exceptional candidates who are currently pursuing a PhD may also be considered.

 

Ideal applicants will have experience of leading or being part of field research projects in Indian cities. Working knowledge of Kannada and/or Tamil would be an advantage.

 

Diversity Policy

IIHS is an equal opportunity employer that encourages women, people with disabilities and those from economically and socially excluded communities with the requisite skills and qualifications to apply for positions.

 

Note

All offers are on an exclusive basis, which implies that other professional assignments (whether compensated or not) that bear a potential conflict of interest with IIHS cannot be undertaken.

 

Contact

Please write to us at hr@iihs.co.in if you need any clarifications while filling the online application form.

 

Apply Now

 

Download Job Description Document