Chair Global Governance and Wealth

Chair Global Governance and Wealth

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Job description

The chair brings together an eclectic mix of key concepts, ranging from global inequality to the dynamics of capitalism and wealth creation, underpinned by a deep understanding of critical international relations theory, business history, transitional justice, and the emerging paradigm of new global governance.

Global Governance: Critical international relations theory provides a framework for examining global governance, conflict, and cooperation from a critical perspective. The chair will employ this approach to analyze the ways in which colonial and post-colonial international systems and institutions shape and perpetuate global inequality. By engaging with this theoretical lens, we aim to challenge conventional wisdom, expose hidden power dynamics, and explore alternative pathways for more just global governance. The changing landscape of global governance demands innovative approaches. The chair will investigate emerging paradigms in global governance, considering how new mechanisms and institutions can address the challenges of the 21st century. By engaging with these evolving systems, we hope to offer insights into more effective and equitable global governance structures.

Wealth: A core focus of this chair will be the examination of the multifaceted nature of inequality, which permeates both domestic and international realms. Through a historical lens, the Chair will investigate the roots of inequality, its evolution over time (capitalism, industrialization and de-industrialization, business history), and the complex interplay between global and domestic factors. By addressing both within-and between country disparities and global wealth imbalances, the chair will contribute to a comprehensive understanding of the historical and contemporary forces that drive inequality.

Within the framework mentioned above, it is self-evident that our History Department that reflect on gender and gender differences, this chair will emphasize the significance of gender dynamics in wealth creation, distribution, and the mechanisms of global governance. By investigating how gender intersects with economic disparities, we can uncover the often-hidden dimensions of inequality and the unique challenges faced by women and marginalized gender identities worldwide. In addition, by incorporating an intersectional approach, the chair will explore the complex interplay between multiple forms of discrimination and their impact on wealth and global governance. This perspective ensures that the research undertaken here reflects the real-world complexities of inequality and provides solutions that address the interconnected nature of global issues. And last but not least, in order to comprehensively address global inequality and wealth disparities, we aim to include the experiences and challenges faced by countries in the Global South. This chair will delve into the historical, economic, and political aspects of nations in the Global South, offering insights into how their unique perspectives and interests influence global governance and wealth distribution. By actively incorporating the Global South into our research, we ensure that our department's work remains globally relevant and socially responsible.

Job description
The major aims of this chair:

To deepen, broaden and expand the research, education and valoristion of the academic profile of the chair.

The major aims:
  • Publish and contribute to the historical and academic debate in the field.
  • Represent the ESHCC and the History department in formal and informal research bodies and (inter) national institutions.
  • Leading in grant strategies for (interdisciplinary) funding.
  • PhD supervision.

The educational activities related to the Chair will feed into Master and Bachelor degree programs in History and, potentially, other degree programmes offered at ESHCC in the following ways:
  • Development and offer of lectures, tutorials and seminars that are based on first-hand historical findings and methods from the research in our BA- MA programmes.
  • Contribute to innovative education in applied history, international relations and/or global markets and local connections Indicate a willingness to develop and innovate courses within our history progammes.
  • Supervise tutors within our courses.
  • Supervision of Master theses in our masterprogramm: Global History and International Relations

  • Take up management tasks within the History Department (eg. roles of Head of Department; Research Director or Director of Education).
  • Taking part of committees or working groups, focusing on the management of the department, faculty or institute.
  • Take up responsibilities in larger national research schools (like Posthumus Institute or Huizinga Institute).

Societal Impact: The Chair will bridge the gap between academic research, and professional and societal challenges. To make sure empirical findings can be translated into feasible societal solutions, the Chair has made and will make substantial investments in long-term trusted partnerships with professional and societal organizations. These connections are crucial as they can help signal urgent research topics, help translate research results into practical solutions (guidelines, reports) and provide a support base so organizations can implement change. Moreover, the chair will be creative in societal debates to make impact.


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)


The designated Chair plays – together with the other relevant Chairs – an important role in the further development and extension of expertise in the field of History, Culture and Identity within ESHCC and beyond. The designated Chair should meet the required profile:
  • PhD in history, humanities or social sciences (with a demonstrated track record of enthusiasm in history);
  • A leading worldwide expert in the relevant field;
  • A team player who collaborates effectively with colleagues, respects diverse perspectives, communicates openly, shares credit for successes, and contributes actively to department goals and shared values;
  • The candidate should be able and willing to support and coach staff members and helps to develop career opportunities of junior staff members and works towards collective excellence while maintaining individual integrity;
  • A wide network of (inter)national contacts – both academic and professional – in relevant areas of expertise;
  • Responsibility for and leadership in (development of) education, research and management in the faculty and beyond, as demonstrated by having obtained relevant professional qualifications;
  • Effective academic leadership demonstrated in strategic planning, budget management, personnel supervision, and resource allocation. The candidate needs to prioritize academic integrity and advocate for diversity and inclusion;
  • Additionally, strong communication, conflict resolution, and decision-making abilities are essential for navigating complex academic landscapes and inspiring institutional progress;
  • Substantial experience and tangible contributions in social impact activities, including media coverage, public symposia and talks extending beyond academic circles;
  • Extensive track record in obtaining research grants;
  • Wide proven experience in management of research projects and research teams;
  • An established national and international position in this research domain which is evident from invited and keynote presentations, panel and board memberships, academic and non-academic committees, organization of conferences and workshops, visiting scholarships and – professorship, editorial board positions in academic journals;
  • Proficiency in both English and Dutch is required, as the Chair will be expected to teach and communicate effectively in both languages. We expect the candidate to achieve B2 level in Dutch within 1,5 years.

Conditions of employment

We offer you an internationally oriented and varied job in an enthusiastic team, with excellent working conditions in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU).

The start date of this position is 1 October 2024 and you will be based at the Department of History in Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC). This position is for 0.8 fte - 1 fte. The salary is dependent on your experience and knowledge and ranges from a minimum of € 6.648 to a maximum of € 9.680 gross per month Scale Professor 2 on a fulltime basis (38 hours), in accordance with the CAO-NU.

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Erasmus University Rotterdam

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is an internationally oriented university with a strong social orientation in its education and research, as expressed in our mission ‘Creating positive societal impact’. EUR is home to 3.700 academics and professionals and almost 33.000 students from more than 140 countries. Everything we do, we do under the credo The Erasmian Way – Making Minds Matter. We’re global citizens, connecting, entrepreneurial, open-minded, and socially involved. These Erasmian Values function as our internal compass and create EUR’s distinctive and recognizable profile. From these values, with a broad perspective and with an eye for diversity, different backgrounds and opinions, our employees work closely together to solve societal challenges from the dynamic and cosmopolitan city of Rotterdam. Thanks to the high quality and positive societal impact of our research and education, EUR can compete with the top European universities.

Faculty / Institute / Central service
The Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC) offers education and research in the fields of Media and Communication, History, and Arts and Culture Studies. The faculty has approximately 2400 students and 240 employees.

The department of History offers two Bachelor Programs – Bachelor Geschiedenis and the International Bachelor of History and two Master specializations Global History and International Relation and the Erasmus Mundus program GLOCAL. These History programs have gained an (inter)national reputation by focusing on cutting-edge questions related to historical processes of globalisation, international relations and cultural encounters.


  • Associate professor
  • Behaviour and society
  • 32—40 hours per week
  • €6648—€9680 per month
  • University graduate
  • 4122


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

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