Early Stage Researcher (Humanitarian Interventions and Political Security: The Politics and Practice of Human Security)

The University of Edinburgh - Social and Political Studies Centres

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

The ANTHUSIA consortium is now recruiting 15 outstanding Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) for the interdisciplinary Anthropology of Human Security in Africa Innovative Training Network (ANTHUSIA) funded by the European Commission. One of these positions focuses on ‘Humanitarian Interventions and Political Security: The Politics and Practice of Human Security’ and is available in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh.

You will explore the politics behind the identification of humanitarian crises and explore the effects of labelling on interventions in practice. The researcher will identify one humanitarian crisis, contestation over the naming of this crisis, and involvement in the crisis. Specifically, they will ethnographically explore involvement from the perspective of the humanitarian organization, population and state institutions. The project will provide knowledge about the politics behind the identification of humanitarian crises in Africa and the effects of interventions in practice and will use the insights to ask what impact labelling has on humanitarian space and human security.

You will follow the ANTHUSIA training programme including annual summer schools, conduct 12 months of fieldwork in Africa, including 2-3 months of secondment to a non-academic partner organization, and will spend 6 months at Aarhus University.

You will be registered as a PhD student in the School of Social and Political Science, and will submit a PhD thesis at the end of the project. No tuition fees will be charged.

This full time (35 hours) fixed term post is available from 3 September 2018 for 3 years. You should hold a Masters with at least 65% average, as well as an Undergraduate degree, in social anthropology or a related discipline. You must meet PhD admission and EU mobility requirements.

Closing date: 5pm (GMT) 15th March 2018.

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