Assistant Professor in Urban Governance and Development Policy

Assistant Professor in Urban Governance and Development Policy

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19 Oct 31 Oct Den Haag

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This is a research-intensive post (60% research; 40% teaching) supported by the EUR Research Initiative “Vital Cities and Citizens”. This initiative is a major investment area, for the period 2017-2021, to encourage innovative, cross-departmental and cross-school research – at PhD, postdoctoral and senior researcher levels – and prepare bases for longer-term nationally and internationally funded work. The participating Schools are: ESSB, ESHCC and the ISS. The initiative incl. three focus areas: migration & diversity; security & resilience; and culture & creativity. ISS works in the first two.

The position will be part of the all-ISS Research Programme Global Development and Social Justice, in which all ISS staff members participate. As part of its research strategy, the Institute’s Research Programme (RP) has four established research groups and in addition, currently, four multidisciplinary, crosscutting themes: conflict & peace; environment & climate change; migration & diversity; and social protection & inequality. The selected candidate is expected to play an active role both within the ISS RP and in the inter-school cooperation in the Vital Cities and Citizens initiative. Only candidates whose research focuses on the Global South, the poor and vulnerable will be considered. The candidate should be familiar with urban governance as a multi-stakeholder process where state, market and civil society all have roles to play; and possess insight into dynamics arising from processes at global, national and local levels. Valorisation of research, and contributions to public debate and capacity building projects are also important to the ISS.

The candidate will be teaching in the ISS MA Programme in Development Studies and will be located in one of its five Majors. Given the focus of the position on urban governance, it is likely that the candidate will be affiliated to the Major Governance and Development Policy (GDP), unless the profile of the selected candidate would fit better with another Major. The GDP Major provides students with insights and skills relevant to understanding and affecting governance processes at local, national and global levels. It combines a thorough theoretical analysis with a practical, policy-oriented approach, with attention for concrete governance and policy dimensions such as the role of various actors for democracy and in public-private-community partnerships, the need for capacity and adequate planning systems, and the effects of corruption.
In addition, the candidate will be expected to contribute flexibly to other teaching activities of the ISS, including teaching management duties in the overall MA programme, as well as to MA and PhD research supervision.


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)


We are looking for candidates who meet the following requirements:

  • A PhD in a relevant field of social sciences

  • Familiarity and experience with international development studies and practices

  • Active and documented research interests in urban governance and citizenship, and in one or both of the themes of a) migration and social diversity/integration, b) security and resilience.

  • Demonstrated capacities in interdisciplinary work and team research

  • A good publications record and active publication strategy

  • Demonstrated capacity and skills in university teaching, including MA thesis supervision and teaching management; and in externally financed advisory and capacity development work

  • Demonstrated experience and commitment to teaching, research and service in multicultural environments.

  • Ability to teach in courses on research methodology

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: The position is initially for three years until 31 December 2021. A longer-term perspective might open up but is by no means guaranteed.

In accordance with the conditions applied at Erasmus University Rotterdam as indicated in the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO NU) of the Dutch universities, the salary is dependent on the candidate’s background and experience, and is set at a maximum of CAO NU scale 11 or 12 with a maximum of  € 4.757,- or € 5.405,- gross per month, on a fulltime basis). In addition, EUR pays an 8% holiday allowance and an end-of-year payment of 8,3% and offers excellent secondary benefits.

The position is initially for three years until 31 December 2021. A longer-term perspective might open up but is by no means guaranteed. The successful candidate will start preferably as soon as possible and no later than 1 January 2019.

The International Institute of Social Studies is committed to building and sustaining a community based on inclusiveness, equity and diversity and believes this will contribute to our mission and vision of being the best institute in our field.  ISS is an equal opportunities employer and encourages applications from candidates of all genders, ethnicities and nationalities. Given the current composition of the ISS academic staff and priorities relating to staff diversity, the Institute has a preference for applicants originating from the Global South and also encourages applications from minority candidates.


Erasmus University Rotterdam

The Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), named after Rotterdam-born humanist and theologian Erasmus, is a research university with a strong international orientation and a pronounced social focus, both in its education and research activities. On the lively, modern campus, more than 28.000 students and scholars of more than 100 nationalities are constantly encouraged to develop their talents and meet their ambition. Our more than 2700 scientists and employees work together with all our students to solve challenges faced by global society, drawing their inspiration from the consistently dynamic and cosmopolitan city of Rotterdam. The academic education offered at our faculties is intensive, engaging and strongly focused on practical application. We increasingly perform our research in multidisciplinary teams, which are closely interwoven with international networks. In terms of research impact and the quality of its degree programmes, EUR can compete with the foremost universities in Europe, which is reflected in its consistent top-100 position in most major universities rankings. Erasmus University Rotterdam’s key values are daring, curiosity, social involvement, breaking new ground and striving for success


The International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)

The International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) is a leading academic centre for international development studies. While based in The Hague, the ISS is part of Erasmus University Rotterdam. It is a post-graduate institute of policy-oriented critical social sciences, founded in 1952. The Institute offers a PhD in Development Studies, a 15.5-month MA in Development Studies with five Majors, and several post-graduate Diploma courses.

ISS brings together a highly diverse international community of scholars and students from both the global South and the global North, usually originating from over 50 different countries. The Institute brings together people, ideas and insights in a multi-disciplinary setting which nurtures, fosters and promotes critical thinking and conducts innovative research into fundamental social problems. The strong partnerships with organizations and individuals in developing countries make up a network where we co-create knowledge so that teaching and research remain socially relevant. Key to the ISS philosophy and practices is the wish to make a contribution to achieving social justice and equity on a global level.


  • Professor; Associate professor; Assistant professor; Lecturer
  • Behaviour and society
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • ISS-28092018


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

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