Postdoc Position at University of Cambridge

A new openingpostdoctoral position in social sciences is available at University of Cambridge, UK. Potential candidates should apply before October 25, 2018.

We are looking for a full time Research Associate to work as part of a new project funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada. The post holder will work under the supervision of Professor Bhaskar Vira in the Department of Geography.

This project aims to provide context-specific, evidence-based understanding of the complex issue of land governance and compensation in land acquisition projects. It will examine the complex web of gender-differentiated costs to the communities and to the projects, aiming to strengthen policies for better acquisition and build capacities of women and men for negotiating more equitable and fair solutions.

Through a field-based study in Cambodia, India, and Indonesia, this project will engage with local communities and local governments to define entitlements for compensation and fair compensation models and to strengthen governance to develop models of just and fair compensation for women and men. At the same time, through an in-depth study of best practices in different countries, the project will also develop workable models for resource sharing between the central and provincial governments. The research will build on mixed methods, relying on desk research and field experiences to arrive at policy-oriented understanding on just and fair compensation for large-scale land acquisition.

We are seeking an individual with research experience in the social sciences, especially Human Geography, Development Studies or a related field. We are especially interested in candidates who can demonstrate their ability to analyse secondary data and policy documents, and to conduct interviews and facilitate stakeholder dialogue, particularly in relation to the Global South. Demonstrable knowledge of issues related to land acquisition and displacement is desirable, as is some familiarity with recent developments in relation to community level safeguards and resettlement and rehabilitation. Excellent project management skills are essential, as this project involves coordination with three civil society partners (in India, Cambodia and Indonesia, respectively), as well as communication and liaison with the funder and their wider network of related projects. The ability to deliver high quality research outputs to enhance public engagement and impact will be an important dimension of this role. We are also keen on individuals who share a commitment to interdisciplinary research, and are interested in contributing to the development of a larger programme of collaborative activity in this area.

Informal inquiries should be directed to Professor Bhaskar Vira by email,


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