Vacancy on Democratic Innovations

The Department of Political Science at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) seeks to hire a PhD researcher to work on a project on democratic innovations and democratic short-termism. More information can be found here: Vacancy Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Labour Politics and the EU’s New Economic Governance Regime, UCD Geary Institute for Public Policy and School of Business (Temporary 3 Year Post)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Labour We are inviting applications for a temporary 3-year, full-time postdoctoral appointment in European integration and employment relations, starting on 1st September 2019 or by agreement. You will be a member of our ERC-funded research team on the EU’s new economic governance regime, trade unions and social movements (www.erc-europeanunions.eu).

The ERC project focuses on the way in which European trade unions and new social movements in the public transport, water, and health care sectors respond to the EU’s new economic governance regime. Until very recently, European labour politics has been shaped mainly by EU ‘horizontal’ market integration through the free movement of goods, capital, services, and people. Since the Euro crisis, however, the latter has been complemented by ‘vertical’ hierarchical integration effected through the direct surveillance of member states’ macroeconomic policies, including industrial relations and public services provision. The resulting new EU economic governance regime (NEG) opens contradictory possibilities for labour politics in Europe. Are unions and social movements politicising NEG along national or (transnational) class divides?
Salary range: €37,223 – €43,029 per annum. Appointment on the above range will be dependent upon qualifications and experience.
Closing date: 2nd May 2019, 17:00hrs (local Irish time)
To apply, please select external UCD vacancies on http://www.ucd.ie/hr/jobvacancies/ and search by reference number ‘011333’.

More information:
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PhD opportunities at the Centre for the Study of Democracy

PhD scholarships are available at the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster. Please pass on the advert to anyone who may be interested in studying aspects of democratic theory and practice – or other areas of social science. Details can be found below. Closing date is 26 April 2019. It is recommended that interested applicants contact potential supervisors to disuss their proposals before applying.

Two research associates in the project “Doing mini-publics: translocalization of politics”. It is a part-time position, allowing parallel work for a doctorate.

The project is part of a collaborative research centre on the “Re-figuration of spaces”. It investigates the production and circulation of knowledge about politics, focusing on a specific method of public participation: “deliberative mini-publics”. Does the worldwide circulation of this knowledge go along with the constitution of a trans-local space of political practice? How is this space being shaped? We look forward to receive applications, especially from STS and practice researchers who enjoy travelling and have some experience in fieldwork. Please forward to potentially interested people.

Applications can be handed in until 23 November 2018. The announcement can be found here: https://tub.stellenticket.de/de/offers/56526/ also in German: https://tub.stellenticket.de/de/offers/56517/. More information on the project can be found here https://www.sp.tu-berlin.de/menue/forschung/doing_mini_publics/.

Teaching Fellow in Democratic Innovations at Newcastle University

Four PhD researchers at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

The Department of Political Science and the Institute for European Studies of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) are hiring four PhD researchers (4 years) for several projects on democratic governance, one of which is specifically dedicated to “democratic myopia and the environment/climate/sustainable development” in a European context. We particularly welcome applications that focus on the link between democratic innovations and democratic short-termism. Deadline for applications is 30 June 2018.

More information is available here:

Do not hesitate to get in touch with didier.caluwaerts[at]vub.be for any further questions you may have regarding the vacancy!

Research Associate at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy, Australia

Due: April 30, 2018

The Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance (the Centre) was awarded an Australian Research Council Discovery Research Grant for the project A Metastudy of Democratic Deliberation (DP180103014) and is seeking staff to join the research team.

The project is hiring a Research Associate whose main task is to gather and organise case data that investigators will use for qualitative content analysis and advanced quantitative analysis.

Dr Simon Niemeyer, Professor John Dryzek and Dr Nicole Curato are the project´s chief investigators. Professor André Bächtiger (University of Stuttgart) and Professor Mark Warren (University of British Columbia) are also part of the team. More information available here.

PhD studentships at the Centre for the Study of Democracy

The Centre for the Study of Democracy (CSD) in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Westminster has PhD studentships available for next academic year. Closing date for applications 27 April. CSD focuses on a range of research themes, one of which incorporates democratic theory and democratic innovations.

The full range of research themes are:
– contemporary democratic theory and governance
– critical international theory
– gender and sexuality
– post-colonial politics, development and emerging powers
– resilience and sustainability
– security, violence and international relations

For further details of the studentships and how to apply, see https://www.westminster.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/research-degrees/research-areas/social-sciences-and-humanities/research-studentships/politics-and-international-relations-studentships

Doctoral Fellowships within the ERC Project ‘Labour Politics & the EU’s New Economic Governance Regime’ at University College Dublin

Application deadline: 10 April 2018. Start date: 10 September2018

The European Research Council (ERC) project Labour Politics & the EU´s New Economic Governance Regime at the Geary Institute for Public Policy, University College Dublin, invites applications for up to three doctoral fellowships. The PhD fellows will be supervised by Roland Erne (principle investigator and professor of European integration & employment relations) and Sabina Stan (senior social scientist and lecturer in sociology & anthropology). Successful candidates will be part of an interdisciplinary, multinational team and must enrol in the joint doctoral programme of the Graduate Schools of Business, Social Sciences and Law.

We welcome original and independent PhD project proposals. However, proposals should fit within the scope of the ERC project Labour Politics and the EU´s New Economic Governance Regime (www.erc-europeanunions.eu/about-the-project/). The proposal can be situated in labour studies, sociology, social anthropology, political economy, or comparative politics. For more information please visit https://www.erc-europeanunions.eu/open-positions/

Three available positions at Åbo Akademi University, Finland

The Social Science Research Institute (Samforsk) is a research institute within the Faculty of Social Sciences, Business and Economics at Åbo Akademi University. The purpose of the institute is to conduct and promote research in social sciences. Special focal areas include research on democracy and elections, voting behavior and public opinion. The institute carries out research projects and surveys, publishes reports on research results (especially in peer reviewed journals), and arranges seminars, symposiums and conferences. The members of the staff contribute, to a certain extent, to teaching in Political Science and Public Administration, and arrange post-graduate and doctoral education in co-operation with these subjects. Being a part of the Finnish Centre for Democracy Research (FinDem), the institute collaborates globally with corresponding research institutes within the areas of deliberative democracy, democratic innovations and electoral research. The main international collaborative partners include Stanford University, the University of Canberra, KU Leuven, Goethe University Frankfurt, the University of Stuttgart, the University of Gothenburg and Uppsala University.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 28th of February 2018 at 3 p.m. (Finnish time). Welcome to Finland!

Doctoral student, University of Turku, Finland

The Department of Philosophy, Contemporary History and Political Science at the University of Turku opens a temporary position of doctoral student/project researcher for 1 May 2018 – 30 April 2020.

We are looking for a doctoral student/project researcher for the project “Participation in Long-Term Decision-Making” (PALO). We will offer you funding for the first two years and will give you support and assistance to acquire further funding to finalize the doctoral dissertation. More information on the project can be found at the website http://www.paloresearch.fi (under construction) and in the attchment. Applications must be submitted by 16 March (latest 23:59 o´clock). A link to the application can be found on the positions´ page at http://www.utu.fi/en/university/come-work-with-us/open-vacancies/.

Additional information is given by Professor Maija Setälä maiset(at)utu.fi. On practical issues, contact Auli Kultanen-Leino,  aukulta(at)utu.fi

Postdoctoral Researcher in Political Behavior, University of Helsinki

The Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Helsinki invites applications for the position off a three-year fixed term period from 1 January, 2018 onwards (or as agreed). The appointed researcher is to conduct independent research, and actively contribute to two ongoing research agendas, one on public preferences for democratic decision-making processes and one on intraparty competition in Finnish parliamentary elections.

An appointee to the position must hold a doctoral degree in political science or other relevant field, have a documented ability to conduct independent scientific research, possess the teaching skills required for the position and have a strong command of English. Other valued merits include thorough knowledge of democratic theory, skills in advanced statistical analyses, experience in survey experiments, and a good command of Finnish and Swedish.

The salary shall be based on level 5 of the job requirement scheme for teaching and research staff in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, a salary component based on personal performance will be paid. The annual gross salary range will be approx. 41,000 – 50,000 euros, depending on the appointee´s qualifications and experience. In addition, occupational healthcare will be provided. The employment contract will include a probationary period of four months. Deadline 26.11.2017. For more information: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/open-positions/postdoctoral-researcher-political-behavior

Doctoral candidate, Goethe University Frankfurt

Applications are invited for a Doctoral Candidate, starting November 1st 2017, lasting for 3 years. The position is open to individuals of all nationalities. The post-holder will be part of the Research Unit on Democratic Innovations headed by Professor Brigitte Geissel, chair of German and European politics. (See for more information: in German: http://www.fb03.uni-frankfurt.de/42424030/bgeissel; in English: http://www.goethe-university-frankfurt.de/ 53879167/bgeissel). The Doctoral Candidate will work on the DFG Project Ungleichheit und direkte Demokratie in Europa (Inequality and direct democracy in Europe). More information in English and German here: Open_position_doc_Germany_dt_engl

2 PhDpositions and 1 postdoc in democratic innovation, University of Leuven.




Postdoctoral researcher, University of Connecticut

The University of Connecticut Humanities Institute, in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, is accepting applications for a postdoctoral researcher with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2017. The researcher will work under the auspices of Humility & Conviction in Public Life (HCPL), an applied research project generously funded by the John Templeton Foundation aimed at understanding and revitalizing meaningful public discourse over such topics as morality, politics, science and religion. The initial appointment is for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year. For more information on the project, please see its website.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Completed requirements for a Ph.D. (or foreign equivalent) in a humanities field (broadly construed) by start date of employment; evidence of a strong research/publication trajectory; and active research and public engagement interests integrating well with the stated aims and interests of the HCPL project.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Evidence of excellence in research; a research profile that indicates strong interest in applied research relevant to public discourse, interest in or knowledge of research on intellectual or epistemic humility, public deliberation and dialogue; and the ability to contribute through research, teaching, and/or public engagement to the diversity and excellence of project and Institute missions.

FULL JOB POSTING: https://careers.insidehighered.com/job/1398780/postdoctoral-fellow-humanities-institute/

2 Graduate teaching assistants

The Politics Department at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel is looking for 2 graduate teaching assistants. We are looking for international candidates, and particularly applicants interested in democratic innovations are encouraged to apply. More information can be found here: http://vub.talentfinder.be/en/vacature/24304/es-2017-018–graduate-teaching-assistant-for-the-english-program-bachelor-in-social-sciences-2-fulltime-positions/

Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Political Science, Department of Social Sciences, at the Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral fellowship, starting July 1st 2017, lasting 3 – 6 years. The fellowship is open to individuals of all nationalities. The post-holder will be part of the Research Unit on Democratic Innovations headed by Professor Brigitte Geissel, chair of German and European politics. (See for more information: in German: http://www.fb03.unifrankfurt.de/42424030/bgeissel; in English: http://www.goethe-university-frankfurt.de/53879167/bgeissel). The fellow should work on democratic innovations, broadly conceived. Applicants whose research is empirical and comparative are especially welcome. The closing date for applications is 17:00 CET on March 31, 2017. More information can be found here: Job ad Postdoc University Frankfurt 2017

Study for a PhD at CSD

Funding is available to study for a PhD at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster. Applications must be received by 10 February 2017. For details of the funding and application process see: https://www.westminster.ac.uk/news/2016/apply-for-quintin-hogg-trust-phd-studentships-with-csd

7 PhD Positions, Leuphana University Lüneburg

The Center for the Study of Democracy at Leuphana University Lüneburg is offering 7 PhD positions in a graduate college “Democracy under Stress”. Environmental topics are explicitly welcome under the thematic area “participatory democracy”. Application deadline: 12.06.2016. Please see http://www.leuphana.de/en/research-centers/zdemo-english/doctoral-program-democracy-under-stress.html  for further details. More information can also be found here: PhD Program Democracy under Stress

Job vacancy at the Marc Bloch Centre for a full-time 36-month doctoral position as a research assistant on the CLAIMS ANR/DFG research project: Reference: D-0116

The Agence Nationale pour la Recherche (ANR, France) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, Germany) provide funding for the CLAIMS research project:  (New) Political Representative Claims: A Global View (France, Germany, Brazil, China, India). The researchers supervising the projects are Yves Sintomer and Stéphanie Tawa-Lama (France), as well as Brigitte Geissel and Thomas Heberer (Germany).

The project aims at comparing how representative claims have evolved in five countries with a historical and conceptual perspective. For that purpose, the Marc Bloch Center is recruiting a PhD student as a research assistant providing secretarial services to the French team as well as conducting fieldwork. The successful candidate will be integrated in a dynamic plurinational team focusing on a cutting-edge theme.

The candidates will be in charge of the following tasks:

  • Scientific research services: supporting event organizing, following contacts, assisting projects, articles and books drafting and editing, managing missions abroad, budget monitoring, supervising the stay of visiting professors, managing a Hypothese.org academic blog as well as Twitter and Facebook accounts
  • Fieldwork research on the connection between participation and representation in participatory mechanisms including Paris´ participatory budgeting and a French participatory mechanism relying on selecting participants by lot (trip fees -mission/research secretarial services- will be covered).

Applications in French or German are open until June 1st. 2016. More information Can be found here: D-0116_Call for Application

Democratic Innovations Visiting Fellowship, Goethe-University

  • Fellowship for Junior Scholars
  • No Funding Provided by the Research Unit (See e.g. the DAAD scholarship database for Funding)
  • Duration of 4-6 Months
  • Debating with Scholars of Democratic Innovations Research Unit
  • Jour-Fixe discussions of Papers on Democratic Innovations
  • Workspace at the Political Science Institute, Goethe-University
  • Access to all Goethe-University Libraries
  • Goethe-University Campus Westend with its park-like ambiance and beautiful travertine-faced buildings is one of Germany´s most attractive.
  • Situated in Frankfurt, Germany´s most cosmopolitan and international city. Frankfurt is rated among the top 10 most livable cities in the world (according to Mercer Human Resource Consulting)

Spring 2017 Fellowship: Submission Deadline of Applications: 01.12.2016. Fellowship Starting April 2017.
Fall 2017 Fellowship: Submission Deadline of Applications: 01.02.2017. Fellowship Starting October 2017.
More information: http://www.fb03.uni-frankfurt.de/57661894/visitingfellowship

Doctoral positions, Åbo Akademi University, Finland

Three fully paid, full-time doctoral positions for four years in political science and government. The positions are thematically defined. Successful candidates should conduct research within the areas of public opinion and political behavior. More concretely, we are interested in participatory democratic innovations and their effects. Potential candidates can receive more information from Kimmo Grönlund. Interested applicants should be willing to relocate to Finland for their doctoral period. The Social Science Research Institute is a dynamic team that works in close collaboration with the subjects political science (Åbo, Turku), public administration (Åbo, Turku) and political science with mass communication (Vasa). We are genuinely interested in applicants from abroad. Application dead line is May 6. Details on how to apply: http://www.abo.fi/forskning/doctoralnetworkpobe

Visiting Fellowships at Åbo Akademi University – the decision has been made

The Social Science Research Institute (www.samforsk.abo.fi) at Åbo Akademi University invites international scholars to apply for a Visiting Fellowship Program. Applicants should be engaged in cutting-edge empirical or theoretical work in the fields of public opinionpolitical behaviorelectoral studies or democratic innovations, and hold an ongoing position at a university or research institution. The present call covers the academic year of 2016 – 2017 and is open to applicants at different stages of their academic career. The length of the visit should be between one and three months.

The institute specializes in research on public opinion, political behavior and electoral studies, as well as in experimental research on citizen deliberation. Its researchers are well connected in the international political science community. The Institute is located at both campuses of the University, in Åbo (Turku) and Vasa (Vaasa). The Social Science Research Institute will provide the Visiting Fellows with a work space and a monthly scholarship of 1,600 euro to cover expenses during the stay. Accepted Fellows should organize and pay for their own travel. Deadline is April 29, 2016. Read more about Visiting Fellowships and how to apply here: Visiting fellowships.pdf

The accepted fellows are:

  1. Hilde Coffe, Victoria University of Wellington
  2. Holly Garnett, McGill University
  3. Johanna Söderström, University of Uppsala
  4. Åsa von Schoultz, Mid Sweden University
  5. Sergiu Ghergina, Frankfurt