GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies
Research Fellow to work on regional legitimacy crises
GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies
The GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies lies directly on the Alster River in the heart of Hamburg.
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Date limite d'inscription: mars 01
Localisation: Hamburg, Allemagne
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Research Fellow to work on regional legitimacy crises

The GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies / Leibniz-Institut für Globale und Regionale Studien is an independent social-science research institute based in Hamburg. It analyses political, social and economic developments in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, linking this knowledge to questions of global significance. It combines region-specific analysis with innovative comparative research on accountability and participation, growth and development, peace and security, power and ideas. The GIGA seeks to appoint a

Research Fellow to work on regional legitimacy crises

within the Leibniz Association-funded Junior Research Group “Sources and Consequences of Legitimation Strategies of Regional Organisations headed by Prof. Dr.
Tobias Lenz. Applications are invited for a part-time position (65%), with a 3-year contract, preferably starting 1 June 2018. The salary is commensurate with TV-AVH / TVöD EG 13. The GIGA strongly encourages concurrent work on a doctoral degree in line with the candidate’s work in the project. The fellow would become a member of the GIGA Doctoral Programme.

The Research Group seeks to map and explain the sources and consequences of legitimation strategies in regional organisations over time. It studies (1) how state representatives and regional organisation bureaucrats justify to relevant internal and external audiences an organisation’s right to rule, (2) why such discursive legitimation strategies may change over time and vary across organisations; and (3) whether and how they are related to institutional legitimation strategies. The Group’s research agenda consists of a quantitative component that aims to map, and explain basic patterns in, the discursive and institutional legitimation strategies of 30 regional organisations worldwide in the period from 1980 to 2015 and several qualitative components that seek to identify the causal mechanisms and political dynamics of legitimation and delegitimation in regional organisations in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

The successful candidate will

  • work as part of a research team in developing and conducting a comparative case study that examines the effects of legitimacy crises on regional organisation’s discursive and institutional legitimation strategies
  • assist in coding the legitimation strategies of regional organisations over time
  • be an active member of the GIGA, affiliated to one of its Regional Institutes and at least one Research Programme.

Your qualifications:

  • a completed MA degree in International Relations or a related social science discipline with a solid training in research design and social science methods
  • outstanding academic track record and excellent marks; international academic experience is an advantage
  • solid knowledge of the theory and practice of regional and/or international organisations; in-depth knowledge of regional cooperation in Asia, Africa, the Middle East or Latin America, and corresponding language skills, are an asset
  • excellent written and oral communication skills in English
  • readiness to conduct field research

Other part-time options may be considered, if so desired by the successful candidate.
Diversity and the reconciliation of work and family life are of great importance to the institute. The GIGA promotes gender equality and actively encourages applications from women. Among equally qualified applicants, women will receive preferential consideration in those areas in which they are underrepresented.

Please fill out the GIGA application form (found at www.giga-hamburg.de/en/vacancies) and send it with your full application (Ref.-No. GIGA-18-03) including relevant supporting documentation (letter of motivation, CV including list of language skills, academic transcripts/credentials, one letter of recommendation, one writing sample – e.g. Master’s thesis, term paper or published work, two-page outline of a comparative case study in line with the project’s objectives) to:

Stephanie Stövesand, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies,

Neuer Jungfernstieg 21, 20354 Hamburg, Germany
Email: jobs-ilas@giga-hamburg.de
(email applications are particularly welcome).

Screening of applications will begin on 1 March 2018.

For further information, please visit the GIGA homepage (www.giga-hamburg.de) or contact Prof. Dr. Tobias Lenz (email: tobias.lenz@giga-hamburg.de, phone: +49 (0)40 – 428 25 765).

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