Associate Professorship in Social and Urban Geography


University of Copenhagen


Sunday, August 25, 2019

Start Date

Saturday, February 1, 2020

The Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen invites applications for associate professorship in Social and Urban Geography.

The position focus on the socio-economic processes of urbanization at the regional and local scales and/or on urban development and urban dynamics, preferably in a Global North context. To be a successful applicant, you should have expertise in two or more of the following fields:

  • Socio-spatial inequalities and processes of social differentiation or social mobility
  • Local social networks, place identity, and everyday practices
  • Urban growth, regulation, planning and sustainable urban systems

Experience with both qualitative and quantitative methods and Geographical Information Systems is an advantage as is willingness to engage in interdisciplinary research.

As associate professor you are expected to have an internationally recognized and competitive research profile demonstrated through significant publications and international collaboration. You should have clear visions and plans for scientific development as well as considerable experience in obtaining and managing research grants. You are required to have university level teaching experience, documented teaching competencies and must be able to explain and reflect upon own teaching practice and portfolio. Formal pedagogical training or supervision equivalent to the University of Copenhagen teacher training programme for assistant professors is required. Experience with research communication to relevant stakeholders is also important. We are looking for a candidate with significant collaborative skills and a strong desire and ability to enter into interdisciplinary collaborations as well as strong skills in research management with particular focus on the development of early career researchers.

Once employed at our department, we expect that you are creative and able to demonstrate innovative approaches to your own research that will generate high impact and senior authored publications as well as popular science communication. You should build strong scientific networks and initiate and lead research applications and projects with national and international collaboration involving diverse stakeholders. You will teach and supervise at BSc, MSc and PhD level and continuously develop your teaching by linking research and its applications into the curriculum. Further you must contribute constructively to implementation of department strategies, wellbeing and collaboration at the department, take part in department forums, committees and working groups and initiate and take part in scientific and social events.

Assessment of applicants will primarily consider their level of documented, original scientific production at an international level, including contributions to developments in their field, as well as their documented teaching qualifications. Managerial and out-reach qualifications of applicants including ability to attract external funding will also be considered.

You work place will be the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management (IGN) which conducts research and education on the past, present and future physical, chemical and biological environments of the Earth and their interactions with societal and human systems to provide graduates and research in support of sustainable future solutions for society. The department has strong experience in interdisciplinary collaboration within and beyond the department.

The position is primarily embedded in the Section for Geography and the research group Transformation of Cities and Landscapes – Geoinformatics. The Section for Geography is a vibrant research and educational environment that spans a wide range of geographical sub-disciplines within human and physical geography. Further information on the Department can be found at Inquiries about the position can be made to Head of Department Claus Beier,

The position is open from 1st February 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Contact Name

Claus Beier

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