The Institute of Public Administration and Leiden University College of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs, have a vacancy for a Post-doctoral Researcher on the Governance of Social Citizenship and Migration.
In the period 2019-2023, Leiden University’s Executive Board (CvB) will invest 3.5 million euros in the inter-disciplinary focus area ‘Citizenship, Migration and Global Transformations.’ Within this initiative, funding for the pillar on ‘Social Citizenship and Migration’ allows the Institute of Public Administration and Leiden University College to jointly appoint a post-doctoral researcher.
Many European countries face a wide variety of challenges resulting from old and new migrations, which raise questions regarding perceived threats and opportunities transpiring from ethnic diversity, integration and social participation, racism, and the need for (re-)defining national identity, belonging, civic responsibilities and the sustainability of national social welfare regimes. These challenges test the limits of cross-national and cross-generational solidarities, addressing the very foundation of governance and society. Solutions that have been formulated range from policies and regulations for immigration, to education and stimulating social participation to restructuring the welfare state. Importantly, challenges are not only related to migrants but pertain to all social groups, who, in varying degrees, are faced with questions regarding identity, solidarity, belonging, hospitality and compassion, as well as participation in politics and society. These questions all refer to what we call social citizenship, which is not about nationalities recorded in a passport, but about feelings and practices of belonging, responsibilities and loyalties.
The overall aim of this programme is to analyze how developments in immigration and social citizenship provide and provided challenges and opportunities for the governance of societies and to inform theory and practice. Several societal and governance issues related to citizenship (e.g. housing, social conflict over ideology, moral values, exercising of rights) have become even more complex due to recent developments in immigration. These themes have been studied before, but not sufficiently in conjunction and not from multiple, integrated, perspectives.
The Postdoc will work in a sub-project that is embedded in the Institute of Public Administration and Leiden University College. This sub-project will be focused on the analysis of social citizenship and migration from a socialization and a governance perspective. The combination of these perspectives is necessary to understand the interplay between individual beliefs, socialization processes, and the governance of migration-related issues. It will highlight relevant socialization and governance mechanisms across several domains, including the family, education, welfare, media, and commerce at both the local and national level, analyzing how individuals develop their perceptions of social citizenship and their own and others’ roles in society.
The post-doctoral researcher will be appointed at both the Institute of Public Administration 50%) and at Leiden University College (50%). The Institute of Public Administration and Leiden University College are both part of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs.
The Institute of Public Administration is one of the largest and oldest institutes of academic research and teaching in the field of public administration in the Netherlands. The institute combines a solid international academic reputation with a central positioning among the international, national, regional and local governance institutions of The Hague. The Institute of Public Administration has consistently received high ratings in peer reviews of both its teaching and research programmes. More Information about the Institute of Public Administration can be found here.
Leiden University College The Hague (LUC The Hague) was founded in 2010 as the international honours college of Leiden University in The Netherlands for a select group of excellent and highly motivated students from around the world. The LUC academic staff consists of highly ambitious and international scholars recruited from top institutes across the globe, who combine excellent teaching skills with conducting innovative multidisciplinary research. More Information about Leiden University College can be found here.
The Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs is one of the seven faculties of Leiden University. Firmly rooted in the academic tradition, our students and researchers work together with national and international partners on new insights and solutions to current issues at the crossroads of politics, public administration and international law. The Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs offers academic education in the field of Public Administration, Safety and Security, and International Relations, as well as in-depth post-academic programmes for professionals. We are a mere five minutes’ walk from The Hague Central Station and a 20-minute bike/tram ride to the beach.
Terms and conditions
We offer a fixed-term post for the period of four years. Salary range from €3.637,- to €4.978,- gross per month (pay scale 11, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).
Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses(8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More at: Job application procedure and employment conditions.
Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.
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Submit your online application no later than 15 October 2019. Please ensure that you upload the following additional documents quoting the vacancy number:
The selection procedure will take place in October-November 2019.
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