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Postdoctoral Researcher

SOAS University of London - School of Law Gender and Media

Location: London
Salary: £41,004 to £48,178 Per Annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 23rd November 2023
Closes: 14th January 2024
Job Ref: AY935720BloPR

SOAS University of London is the leading Higher Education institution in Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East. SOAS University of London is positioned to play a leading role in reimagining higher education globally, with a new strategic plan in place as the basis for the renewal and revitalisation of the school which commits SOAS to both student responsiveness and research intensity. SOAS is moving towards a new model of international partnerships responsive to the transnational character of our global challenges.

About the Department:

The School of Law, SOAS is the only one of its kind in the UK that is dedicated to legal systems and legal challenges of the developing world, with complementary strengths in human rights, international law and institutions, environmental law and international trade and commerce.

We have unrivalled expertise and produce world-leading research in comparative law (China, Africa, South/South-East Asia, and the Middle East), complemented by specialists in international and transnational law, human rights, transnational commercial law, environmental law, and socio-legal methods.

About the Role

We are looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher to work on the project titled The Social Life of Law in Authoritarian Contexts. The project is funded by the Leverhulme Trust and is housed in the School of Law, Gender, and Media, SOAS, University of London. You can find out more about the project here:

https://www.soas.ac.uk/research/social-life-law-authoritarian-contexts 

The Researcher will carry out an independent sub-project under the direction of the PI, involving substantial periods of fieldwork in India. Along with the rest of the research team, they will be responsible for organising workshops and conferences in the UK and India. They will be expected to attend conferences within their discipline to present their work, and to write, publish and edit articles, books and special issues independently and in collaboration with other members of the team. 

The Researcher will focus on how the laws and rules relating to land and property are being used to exclude and include communities. This project will explore questions around everyday authoritarianism, belonging, and legal mobilization and consciousness. Further details about the scope of the research are contained in the Job Description. Candidates are expected to develop these ideas in their own ways or to offer alternative ideas within the broad remit of the project. If you wish to discuss potential alternative projects (relating to land, property and exclusion) before you apply, please contact Dr Mayur Suresh (ms148@soas.ac.uk).

You can find further information on the key criteria for the role in the Job Description and Person Specification, along with a full list of duties and responsibilities, which can be found on the SOAS website.

How to Apply

Closing date:  14 January 2024        

Online Interviews and presentations to be held: week commencing 19 February 2024

 Must be based in the UK – for the duration of their contract.

We would particularly welcome applications from candidates from working class, first-generation Higher Education, the Global South, Black, Asian or other minority ethnic and underrepresented groups. All appointment decisions will be made on merit, following a fair and competitive process.

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