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The Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR) is  looking for a talented post-doctoral researcher to support research led by Professor Susanne Wessendorf examining arrival infrastructures for incoming migrants to European cities.


Expected start date: 1 July 2021

Salary: £33,806 – £42,800 per annum. 26 Months Fixed Term contract (extendable for a further 16 Months at 0.7FTE with potential for Full Time, depending on funding).

You should hold a PhD in a relevant subject (e.g. social anthropology, sociology, human geography, urban planning), and demonstrate an ability to carry-out independent research. You must have prior research experience and expert knowledge in a field relevant to the focus of the post such as migration studies or urban studies, and experience in undertaking ethnographic fieldwork.

Advanced knowledge of qualitative research methods and techniques for working with communities, NGOs and international partner organisations are essential. You will also have strong project management and organisation skills, and have an ability to write up research for peer reviewed publications and conferences.


The research involves in-depth ethnographic fieldwork over several months in East London, as well as the coordination of comparative fieldwork across other European sites as part of a Horizon 2020 project called ‘ReRoot’. It also involves engagement with local stakeholders over the whole period of the post.

‘ReROOT: Arrival infrastructures as sites of integration for recent newcomers’, focuses on processes of recent migrants’ settlement, interconnections and belonging through the concept of arrival infrastructures. Arrival infrastructures are produced by various actors and shape migrants’ pathways into employment, housing, education and training, public services, religious, cultural or leisure activities, neighbourhood organisations etc.

In a number of settings in Europe, ReRoot documents processes of arrival, investigates diverse strategies for intervening in the arrival infrastructure and translates these insights into workbooks, tools and educative material for civil society organisations, professionals, and policy makers.

The project is a collaboration between Utrecht University (Netherlands), KU Leuven (PI) (Belgium), Coventry University (UK), Ghent University (Belgium), CNRS (Centre National de Recherche Scientifique) in Paris (France), University of Thessaly (Greece), Sabanci University (Turkey), Malmö University (Sweden) and Institut für Landes -und Stadtentwicklungsforschung in Dortmund (Germany) and societal partners Menedek (Hungary), Planerladen (Germany) and Molengeek (Belgium).


Application is until 16/04/2021. Check the full PDF for details and apply online.

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