Lecturer in African Studies and International Development, The University of Edinburgh — LIMITE : 20/05/2021

Lecturer in African Studies and International Development

Job Identification: 966
Job Category: Academic
Locations: Chrystal Macmillan Building, Edinburgh, EH8 9LD, GB
Posting Date: 04/21/2021, 05:05 PM
Apply Before: 05/20/2021, 06:00 PM
Job Schedule: Full time
Health and Safety Requirements: No key hazards identified for this post
Criminal Record Check: No criminal record check required
Contract Type: Fixed Term

Job Description

Grade UE08 – £41,526 – £49,553

Centre of African Studies, School of Social and Political Science    

Full time, 35 hours per week

Fixed term for a maximum of 1 year, between 22/06/2021 – 21/06/2022

1 post available


The Opportunity:

The University of Edinburgh seeks to appoint a Lecturer in African Studies and International Development, to be based in the Centre of African Studies in the School of Social and Political Science.


The successful candidate will further the School’s international reputation in African Studies and international development teaching and research; demonstrate experience, achievement and outstanding potential reflected in a growing portfolio of teaching activities, and a commitment to the provision of academic student support; have an emerging research profile which is at the forefront of scholarship in African Studies and international development; and exhibit a strong commitment to the collegial life of the Centre of African Studies and of the School.


The post is available on a fixed-term basis, for a maximum of 1 year between 22nd June 2021 to 21st June 2022.


Applicants should have a PhD completed by the start date, in African Studies, development studies, economics, history, human geography, political science, social anthropology, sociology, or another relevant discipline, with special reference to Africa, and should provide evidence of the ability to deliver excellent university-level teaching and research. Salary (Grade UE08).


Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Hazel Gray 


Application Process

Applications must consist of:

  • A cover letter that addresses suitability for the post, and indicates whether the applicant also wishes to be considered for any similar posts advertised alongside this one
  • A CV
  • A sample of written work – a PhD chapter, draft article, or published piece of work – of no more than 10,000 words in length


Your skills and attributes for success:

·       A PhD completed by the start date, in African Studies, development studies, or another relevant discipline, with special reference to Africa.

·       Evidence of commitment to, and potential for, excellent undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, and commitment to excellence in student support

·       Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

·       Evidence of an understanding of and commitment to decolonizing African Studies

·       Ability to design and deliver course materials and assess student performance

·       Evidence of an ability to undertake high-quality research and to author high-quality publications

·       Evidence of attainments in, or skills sufficient to demonstrate the future development of, a full range of supervisory activities from dissertations for students on taught programmes to PhD theses inclusive

·       An ability to work as part of a team as well as independently, and evidence of a clear commitment to collegiality, within and across academic and professional services teams

·       A combination of teaching and research which places the post-holder at the forefront of the field of applicants for the position


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As a valued member of our team you can expect:

An exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent and reward success. You will benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which includes a generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts, family friendly initiatives, flexible working and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.

The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality.


If invited for interview you will be required to evidence your right to work in the UK.  Further information is available on our right to work webpages.

The University is able to sponsor the employment of international workers in this role.  If successful, an international applicant requiring sponsorship to work in the UK will need to satisfy the UK Home Office’s English Language requirements and apply for and secure a Tier 2/Skilled Worker Visa.

About Us

As a world-leading research-intensive University, we are here to address tomorrow’s greatest challenges. Between now and 2030 we will do that with a values-led approach to teaching, research and innovation, and through the strength of our relationships, both locally and globally.

About the Team

The School of Social and Political Science (SPS) is one of the largest and most successful schools of social science in the UK, with global reach and local and global impact. Our goals are to promote excellence in education, research and innovation. The School comprises six Subject Areas plus a number of research and teaching centres and institutes, and a number of cross-Subject consortia and other units.  The academic staff complement currently numbers c.200fte. Our staff profile is multi-disciplinary across the key social sciences with a strong and growing international orientation.  The School has c. 1,100 undergraduate students on its programmes of study, over 500 taught postgraduates, and over 300 doctoral researchers. 
The School’s primary aim is the advancement and dissemination of knowledge and understanding of social science. We provide an outstanding educational environment and support the highest quality research.  We deliver excellence in discipline-based and interdisciplinary programmes. In addition, as a School, we play a leading role in delivering learning opportunities for students across the University to engage with current global challenges and uncertainties and in equipping students with the social science tools and lenses they need to become active, responsible and critical global citizens and leaders. Building upon established strengths in the cross-subject areas of sustainable development, international development, quantitative methods, and global health the School is centrally involved in the University’s Global Development Academy and Global Justice Academy, and contributes to the Global Academies of Health and of Environment and Society.
In REF 2014, the School returned 96% of its eligible staff from Professors to early career researchers; a strategy that combined excellence with inclusion. All four Units of Assessment to which SPS contributed were rated amongst the top eight in the UK, and number one in Scotland, for their breadth and quality of research.  Overall 36% of our research activity was classified as world leading with a further 41% assessed as internationally excellent. For two of those four Units of Assessment – Politics and International Relations, and Social Policy and Social Work – the whole of the research environment achieved the highest possible rating and was judged to be world leading.
For further information about our school please visit http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/

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Chargé de diffusion scientifique (2021, 27 avril). Lecturer in African Studies and International Development, The University of Edinburgh — LIMITE : 20/05/2021. IISMM. Consulté le 24 février 2024, à l’adresse https://doi.org/10.58079/q1qa

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