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Research Fellow: Large-scale land acquisitions, land use change, and governance

GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies

Location: Hamburg - Germany
Salary: Commensurate with TV-AVH / TVöD EG 13
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 4th July 2019
Closes: 22nd July 2019
Job Ref: GIGA-19-09

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, and links 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, and power and ideas. The GIGA seeks to appoint a

Research Fellow 

Large-scale land acquisitions, land use change, and governance 

Applications are invited for a full-time position, with an initial contract of 18 months (with a possibility of extension for another 2 years, conditional on funding), starting on 1 September 2019. The position is designed for further professional qualification as defined in § 2 WissZeitVG (Academic Fixed-Term Contract Act). The salary is commensurate with TV-AVH / TVöD EG 13. 

The successful candidate will support the work of the Research Programme “Growth and Development” of the GIGA in the project The Land Matrix ( and is expected to contribute to related work in the context of the Collaborative Research Centre 990 (see where the GIGA is engaged in a project on palm oil certification ( 

The candidate will

  • contribute to the collection, processing, and analysis of data on large-scale land acquisitions (including, but not limited to Indonesia);
  • be willing and able to undertake field research in target countries and regions;
  • based on these data, conduct original research pertaining to the effects of large-scale land acquisitions and governance implications (including on standards, certification schemes, and the VGGTs, see;
  • be an active member of the GIGA

Your qualifications:

  • a very good university degree (Master or equivalent) in Economics or Political Science;
  • relevant previous research on agriculture, land, and/or governance issues;
  • sound quantitative methodological skills;
  • highly motivated, flexible, and able to work independently;
  • very strong teamwork skills;
  • English-language proficiency; knowledge of German is not a prerequisite.

Additional desired qualifications:

  • PhD with relevant thematic focus;
  • qualitative methods;
  • experience with handling household surveys;
  • regional expertise and additional language skills relevant to research region(s);
  • previous field research experience.

Advanced PhD students are welcome to apply. The GIGA strongly encourages concurrent work on a doctoral degree. The Research Fellow can become a member of the GIGA Doctoral Programme.

Please fill out the GIGA application form (found at and send it with your full application (Ref.-No. GIGA-19-09), including relevant supporting documentation (cover letter, CV, references, credentials/diplomas/certificates, and a maximum of two work samples), to:

Gabriele Tetzlaff, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies,

Neuer Jungfernstieg 21, 20354 Hamburg, Germany
(email applications are particularly welcome. Please send all documents combined in one PDF file.) 

Screening of applications will begin on July 22, 2019. 

For further information, please visit the GIGA homepage ( or contact Apl. Prof. Dr. Jann Lay (e-mail:, phone: +49 (0)40 - 428 25-763).

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