Research Fellow – Gender & Sexuality

Institute of Development Studies

Salary: £35,450 to £65,239 per annum
The successful candidate will be offered a salary appropriate to their skills and experience.
Contract: Full time, permanent

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is a leading global organisation for research, teaching and communication on international development based in Brighton.

IDS is seeking to recruit a fellow with an international reputation for innovative work in gender and development to join our Gender and Sexuality Research cluster, integrating research ( and knowledge management, supporting gender advocacy and mainstreaming efforts; and  bridging the gaps between theory, policy and practice ( The appointee (/s) will develop, consolidate and lead programmes of research and advisory work on gender and development alongside – and in collaboration with – existing work on gender and sexuality, and in collaborations with gender work spread across other Institute research clusters. The successful candidate will: raise funds for, and undertake research; contribute to IDS’ postgraduate teaching and PhD supervision; and work with our academic colleagues in the University of Sussex in relation to our shared teaching and research interests. 

Applicants should have an international reputation as a researcher in gender and development. Applicants with a background in feminist approaches to Development Studies, Economics, Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science or related disciplines are encouraged. We are seeking a candidate who combines a broad knowledge of current debates and issues in gender and development with a distinguished research record and specialisation in relation to one or more of the areas of; gender and socio-economic inequality, women’s economic and political empowerment, feminist economics, gendered resource politics and southern feminisms.  Furthermore, engagement with debates in closely related areas such as sustainability and environmental justice or gender and education is highly desirable, as is engagement with topics of masculinities, sexuality, sexual and reproductive health and rights, migration studies, disability, digital development and/or religion/s. Leadership skills, an excellent publications record and experience, significant experience of postgraduate teaching and an interest in bridging research with practice and policy are essential. Candidates should be fluent in written and spoken English and have a PhD (although in exceptional cases, comparable research and practical experience may be taken as a substitute). A demonstrated capacity to work in multidisciplinary teams and with partners from a wide range of countries will also be highly valued, as will language abilities beyond English. Applications from those with a strong background in postgraduate teaching and convening will be particularly welcome.

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Closing date: 03 April 2018
Telephone interviews: 17/18 April 2018
Interview date: 01 May 2018

Our vision is of equal and sustainable societies, locally and globally, where everyone can live secure, fulfilling lives free from poverty and injustice.

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