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Leib­niz-Insti­tut für Raum­be­zo­gene Sozi­al­for­schung (IRS)

Das Leib­niz-Insti­tut für Raum­be­zo­gene Sozi­al­for­schung ist ein inter­na­tio­nal aner­kann­ter For­schungs­part­ner und besetzt zen­trale Kom­pe­tenz­fel­der der sozi­al­wis­sen­schaft­li­chen Raum­for­schung in Europa. Sein Auf­trag ist die Erfor­schung der Trans­for­ma­tion und Steue­rung von Städ­ten und Regio­nen aus sozi­al­wis­sen­schaft­li­chen Per­spek­ti­ven.

10 posi­ti­ons for Early-Stage-Rese­ar­chers

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10 Posi­ti­ons for Early-Stage Rese­ar­chers offe­red

App­li­ca­tion Dead­line 26.03.2017

The Euro­pean Trai­ning Net­work RurAc­tion (“Social Entre­pre­neurship in Struc­tu­rally Weak Rural Regi­ons: Ana­ly­sing Inno­va­tive Trou­ble­shoo­ters in Action”) announ­ces 10 posi­ti­ons for Early-Stage Rese­ar­chers with the option of awar­ding the doc­to­ral degree. The posi­ti­ons last 36 months and are expec­ted to begin bet­ween Sep­tem­ber and Novem­ber 2017. Early-Stage Rese­ar­chers (ESRs) with a strong inte­rest in rese­arch about regio­nal deve­lop­ment, social entre­pre­neurship and social inno­va­tions are invi­ted to apply for posi­ti­ons at lea­ding rese­arch insti­tu­ti­ons and ack­now­led­ged social ent­er­pri­ses in Aus­tria, Den­mark, Ger­many, Greece, Ire­land, Poland and Por­tu­gal.

RurAc­tion is an inte­gra­ted rese­arch and doc­to­rate pro­gramme fun­ded by the Euro­pean Union in the Hori­zon 2020 Marie Sklo­dow­ska-Curie ITN Action. RurAc­tion reco­gni­zes a lack of know­ledge and cross-sec­to­ral trai­nings at the inter­sec­tion of rural deve­lop­ment, social inno­va­tion and social entre­pre­neurship rese­arch. It addres­ses this gap by sys­te­ma­ti­cally inte­gra­ting these three fields of rese­arch. RurAc­tion offers a uni­que oppor­tu­nity to 10 Early-Stage Rese­ar­chers to inves­ti­gate highly rele­vant topics about social inno­va­tions and social entre­pre­neurship in rural regi­ons. The 10 Early-Stage Rese­ar­chers will bene­fit from trans­na­tio­nal high qua­lity trai­nings, brin­ging toge­ther both aca­de­mic edu­ca­tion and prac­tical skills trai­nings pro­vi­ded by social ent­er­pri­ses with great exper­tise in inno­va­tive rural deve­lop­ment. The enrol­ment as PhD stu­dents in the cont­ri­bu­ting uni­ver­si­ties enables the ESRs to cont­ri­bute to their insti­tu­tio­na­li­zed PhD cour­ses, com­ple­men­tary to the RurAc­tion trai­nings.

ESR 1-pro­ject: Dyna­mics of rural regi­ons in Europe – an eco­no­mic inves­ti­ga­tion

Aims: Regio­nal stu­dies con­firm a gro­wing eco­no­mic (and social) pola­ri­sa­tion of rural regi­ons: While some regi­ons are faced with serious and increa­sing weak­nes­ses, in other rural regi­ons pro­blems are less severe. The ques­tion is which socio-eco­no­mic fac­tors create these dif­fe­ren­ces. Ano­ther issue to be con­side­red is in which ways demo­gra­phic change will eco­no­mi­cally affect the regi­ons in the future. The eco­no­mic dyna­mics of all of the selec­ted RURAC­TION regi­ons will be inves­ti­ga­ted by sta­ti­s­ti­cal ana­ly­ses of exis­ting struc­tu­ral data. The inves­ti­ga­tion not only inclu­des the cur­rent situa­tion but also ana­ly­ses of struc­tu­ral chan­ges and the deduc­tion of future pro­s­pects in order to pro­vide regio­nal (social entre­pre­neu­rial) actors with infor­ma­tion about future chal­len­ges and poten­ti­als for acting. In addi­tion, the ESR will be invol­ved in the orga­niza­t­ion of RurAc­tion events at his/her hos­ting uni­ver­sity.

Super­vi­sor: Prof. Stry­ja­kie­wicz (UAM), co-super­vi­sor Prof. Fer­reiro (IUL).

Insti­tu­tio­nal affi­lia­tion: The hol­der of the post will be enrol­led as a PhD stu­dent at the Adam-Mickie­wicz Uni­ver­sity Poz­nan (Poland), Insti­tute of Socio-Eco­no­mic Geo­gra­phy and Spa­tial Manage­ment. Second­ments will take place at Otelo eGen (3 months, Aus­tria), ADCMoura (3 months, Por­tu­gal) and ISCTE-IUL (3 months, Por­tu­gal).

ESR 2-pro­ject: The politi­cal frame­work for rural deve­lop­ment and social entre­pre­neurship

Aims: The situa­tion of struc­tu­rally weak rural regi­ons is also a mat­ter of politi­cal sup­port and policy mea­su­res. A quan­ti­ta­tive online sur­vey of experts will be con­duc­ted in the seven selec­ted RURAC­TION regi­ons. The inter­viewees will be policy makers from the field of regio­nal and rural deve­lop­ment on the regio­nal, natio­nal and EU level. It will be exami­ned how the experts assess the import­ance of struc­tu­rally weak rural regi­ons in the con­text of regio­nal deve­lop­ment poli­cies, which pro­gram­mes/mea­su­res they assess as being important (in the future), how they assess the suc­cess of the imple­men­ta­tion of respec­tive pro-gram­mes/mea­su­res and what they see as sup­porting or hin­de­ring fac­tors. The experts will share their awa­ren­ess regar­ding social entre­pre­neurship, assess­ments of its poten­ti­als for rural deve­lop­ment, wil­ling­ness to sup­port respec­tive initia­ti­ves, etc. This way, (e.g. regio­nal/natio­nal) dif­fe­ren­ces in policy makers’ atti­tu­des, in their moti­ves for (not) sup­porting social entre­pre­neurship – and thus poten­ti­als for politi­cal sup­port – will be inves­ti­ga­ted. In addi­tion, the ESR will be invol­ved in the orga­niza­t­ion of RurAc­tion events at his/her hos­ting uni­ver­sity.

Super­vi­sor: Prof. Tsoba­no­glou (UAE), co-super­vi­sor Dr. Lang (IfL).

Insti­tu­tio­nal affi­lia­tion: The hol­der of the post will be enrol­led as a PhD stu­dent at the Uni­ver­sity of the Aegan (Greece), Depart­ment of Socio­logy. Second­ments will take place at ADC Moura (3 months, Por­tu­gal), Otelo eGen (3 months, Aus­tria), Stevia Hel­las (3 months, Greece).

ESR 3-pro­ject: Dis­cour­ses on regio­nal pro­blems and cul­tu­ral know­ledge pat­terns

Aims: The per­sis­tence of regio­nal pro­blems is also a mat­ter of dis­cour­ses on regio­nal pro­blems, repre­sen­ted by cul­tu­ral nar­ra­ti­ons and media, and of cul­tu­ral know­ledge pat­terns they pro­duce. Dis­cour­ses may eit­her rein­force nega­tive per­cep­ti­ons or sup­port the view that it is time for crea­tive solu­ti­ons. In other words, lever­aging poten­ti­als for the sup­port of inno­va­tive approa­ches (e.g. of social entre­pre­neurship) may depend on the ways in which pro­blems typi­cally are dis­cur­si­vely framed and on respec­tive cul­tu­ral know­ledge pat­terns. They may dif­fer bet­ween dif­fe­rent regi­ons. Thus, in the ESR 3-pro­ject public dis­cus­sions of regio­nal pro­blems as well as cul­tu­ral know­ledge pat­terns will be ana­ly­sed and com­pa­red by con­duc­ting a qua­li­ta­tive dis­course ana­ly­sis (of regio­nal news­pa­per arti­cles) and qua­li­ta­tive inter­views with resi­dents. Com­pa­ra­tive stu­dies will be car­ried out for the Mid-West (IE), the Ucker­mark (DE) and the Mühl­vier­tel (AT). In addi­tion, the ESR will be invol­ved in the orga­niza­t­ion of RurAc­tion events at his/her hos­ting uni­ver­sity.

Super­vi­sor: Prof. Christ­mann (IRS), co-super­vi­sor Dr. O’Shaugh­nessy (UCC).

Insti­tu­tio­nal affi­lia­tion: The hol­der of the post will be enrol­led as a PhD stu­dent at the Tech­ni­cal Uni­ver­sity Ber­lin, Faculty VI Plan­ning Buil­ding Envi­ron­ment. Second­ments will take place at Bal­ly­houra Deve­lop­ment LTD (3 months, Ire­land), Otelo eGen (3 months, Aus­tria), Social Impact (3 months, Ger­many).

ESR 4-pro­ject: Social entre­pre­neu­rial actors as trou­ble­shoo­ters in rural regi­ons

Aims: Social entre­pre­neurs are known for gene­ra­ting and imple­men­ting solu­ti­ons for social pro­blems. Howe­ver, there has been limi­ted rese­arch to date on what makes them trou­ble­shoo­ters. The aim of this pro­ject is to explore and ana­lyse prac­tices and insti­tu­tio­nal aspects of social entre­pre­neu­rial pro­blem sol­ving activi­ties for rural regi­ons. It will be inves­ti­ga­ted from which defi­ni­tion of the pro­blem they start out, which objec­tives they define, which activi­ties they engage in, which insti­tu­tio­nal mea­su­res they deve­lop, what dif­fi­cul­ties arise, what insti­tu­tio­nal obst­a­cles occur, what mea­su­res are deve­lo­ped to over­come them, how the pro­blem sol­ving pro­cess is modi­fied, what are the sup­por­tive or hin­de­ring fac­tors for spe­ci­fic aspects of pro­blem sol­ving, which orga­ni­sa­tio­nal struc­tu­res are built, and how sustaina­bi­lity of pro­blem sol­ving is ensu­red. The ESR will con­duct par­ti­ci­pant obser­va­tion during the second­ments in the Mid-West/IE, the Ucker­mark/DE and the Phthio­tis/EL region. Fur­ther­more qua­li­ta­tive inter­views will be car­ried out with social entre­pre­neu­rial actors and regio­nal sta­ke­hol­ders in order to recon­struct inter­nal and exter­nal per­spec­tives on the social entre­pre­neu­rial orga­ni­sa­tion of pro­blem sol­ving. In addi­tion, the ESR will be invol­ved in the orga­niza­t­ion of RurAc­tion events at his/her hos­ting uni­ver­sity.

Super­vi­sor: Dr. O’Shaugh­nessy (UCC) and Dr. Enright, co-super­vi­sor Prof. Sousa (IUL). ESR 4 will be hosted and men­to­red by Pád­raig Casey (Bal­ly­houra Deve­lop­ment, Ire­land).

ESR 5-pro­ject: Social entre­pre­neurship as a col­la­bo­ra­tive pro­cess

Aims and tasks: The ESR 5-pro­ject focu­ses on pro­ces­ses of col­la­bo­ra­tion and net­wor­king. The main rese­arch inte­rest is in how social entre­pre­neurs pro­ceed and suc­ceed with deve­lo­ping new ideas and pro­blem sol­ving mecha­nisms in col­la­bo­ra­tion with dif­fe­rent sta­ke­hol­ders and how, as collec­tive actors, they bring toge­ther the capa­ci­ties of dif­fe­rent people. It will be exami­ned how social entre­pre­neu­rial actors net­work in rural regi­ons, which sta­ke­hol­ders are invol­ved in the pro­blem sol­ving pro­cess, to what extent social ent­er­pri­ses are the result of col­la­bo­ra­tive pro­ces­ses and col­la­bo­ra­tive action. Fur­ther­more, it is of inte­rest what kind of sup­por­tive or hin­de­ring fac­tors in terms of (regio­nal and supra-regio­nal) net­works can be iden­ti­fied. The rese­arch will fur­ther con­cep­tua­lise social ent­er­prise as a col­la­bo­ra­tive endea­vor and will be exe­cuted by qua­li­ta­tive inter­views and qua­li­ta­tive net­work ana­ly­ses in selec­ted social ent­er­pri­ses. The ESR will imple­ment a qua­li­ta­tive, com­pa­ra­tive and trans­na­tio­nal case study loca­ted in two to three out of the fol­lo­wing regi­ons: Ucker­mark (DE), Phthio­tis (EL), Pil­ski (PL) and Baixo Alen­tejo (PT). In addi­tion, the ESR will be invol­ved in the orga­niza­t­ion of RurAc­tion events at Leib­niz Insti­tute for Regio­nal Geo­gra­phy (IfL).

Super­vi­sor: Prof. Lentz (IfL), Dr. Lang (IfL), co-super­vi­sor Prof. Stry­ja­kie­wicz (UAM).

Insti­tu­tio­nal affi­lia­tion: The hol­der of the post will be enrol­led in the inter­di­sci­pli­nary Gra­duate Centre “Huma­nities and Social Sci­en­ces” at the Uni­ver­sity of Leip­zig and will join the Gra­duate School “Glo­bal and Area Stu­dies”. Second­ments will take place at Stevia Hel­las (3 months, Greece), ADC Moura (3 months, Por­tu­gal) and Social Impact (3 months, Ger­many).

ESR 6-pro­ject: Tack­ling social and eco­no­mic exclu­sion in a sustainable man­ner

Aims: One important ques­tion when it comes to sol­ving social pro­blems is how social entre­pre­neurs address social and eco­no­mic exclu­sion. Many peri­pheral rural loca­ti­ons con­ti­nue to reflect a strong reli­ance on agri­cul­ture and/or other pro­duc­tion-based employ­ment which is often part-time and low-paid. Fur­ther­more, poorly deve­lo­ped and inef­fi­ci­ent phy­si­cal infra­struc­tu­res often cha­rac­te­rise rural loca­ti­ons. Con­se­quently, rural based social ent­er­pri­ses have evol­ved as a mecha­nism of regio­nal ser­vices deli­very, inclu­ding the inte­gra­tion of people at risk of social and eco­no­mic exclu­sion inclu­ding the unem­ployed and/or unde­rem­ployed. ESR 6 ana­ly­ses the social entre­pre­neu­rial stra­te­gies deve­lo­ped by social ent­er­pri­ses to tackle rural-based social and eco­no­mic exclu­sion. This ent­ails an exami­na­tion of the types of ser­vices deli­ve­red, of the cont­ri­bu­ti­ons to tack­ling regio­nal social and eco­no­mic exclu­sion inclu­ding job crea­tion, and also of the stra­te­gies adop­ted by indi­vi­dual social ent­er­pri­ses to sustain them­sel­ves. The ESR will con­duct docu­ment these expe­ri­en­ces through an ana­ly­sis of secon­dary data, collec­tion of both qua­li­ta­tive and quan­ti­ta­tive pri­mary data, and qua­li­ta­tive inter­views with both social ent­er­prise actors and cos­tu­mers of the ser­vices in the RURAC­TION regi­ons Mid-West (IE), Phthio­tis (EL) and Baixo Alen­tejo (PT). In addi­tion, the ESR will be invol­ved in the orga­niza­t­ion of RurAc­tion events at his/her hos­ting uni­ver­sity.

Super­vi­sor: Dr. O’Shaugh­nessy (UCC), Pro­fes­sor Thia Hen­nessy, co-super­vi­sor Dr. Lang (IfL)

Insti­tu­tio­nal affi­lia­tion: The hol­der of the post will be enrol­led as a PhD stu­dent at the Uni­ver­sity Col­lege Cork. Second­ments will take place at Bal­ly­houra Deve­lop­ment Ltd (3 months, Ire­land), Stevia Hel­las (3 months, Greece) and ADC Moura (3 months, Por­tu­gal).

ESR 7-pro­ject: The emer­gence of social inno­va­tion in rural areas

Aims: Usually, popu­la­ti­ons in rural regi­ons are sup­po­sed to be hos­tile to inno­va­tions. They are seen as tra­di­tion-ally min­ded groups which are incli­ned to pre­serve exis­ting assets. Fol­lo­wing this obser­va­tion, social inno­va­tions which by defi­ni­tion create novelty would be a chal­lenge. Hence, social entre­pre­neurs aiming at crea­ting inno­va­tive solu­ti­ons for regio­nal deve­lop­ment would have to make par­ti­cu­lar efforts to con­vince resi­dents and to empower them for being inno­va­tive, other­wise they would not be soci­ally accep­ted. ESR 7 inves­ti­ga­tes how social entre­pre­neu­rial actors seek to gene­rate crea­ti­vity in rural regi­ons, how they get resi­dents invol­ved and empowe­red, which forms of par­ti­ci­pa­tion they deve­lop, and which are sup­porting and hin­de­ring fac­tors for suc­cess­ful par­ti­ci­pa­tion. Fur­ther­more, it will be a ques­tion which type of inno­va­tion is crea­ted in rural regi­ons, in how far social inno­va­tions par­ti­ally refer to tra­di­tio­nal ele­ments, howe­ver com­bi­ning them in a new way. The ESR will carry out par­ti­ci­pant obser­va­tion and qua­li­ta­tive expert inter­views with invol­ved actors in the RURAC­TION regi­ons Ucker­mark (DE), Mühl­vier­tel (AT) and Phthio­tis (EL). In addi­tion, the ESR will be invol­ved in the orga­niza­t­ion of RurAc­tion events at his/her hos­ting uni­ver­sity.

Super­vi­sor: Prof. Hul­gård (RUC), co-super­vi­sor Prof. Christ­mann (IRS)

Insti­tu­tio­nal affi­lia­tion: The hol­der of the post will be enrol­led as a PhD stu­dent at the Ros­kilde Uni­ver­si­tet, Depart­ment of People and Tech­no­logy. Second­ments will take place at Social Impact (3 months, Ger­many), Otelo eGen (3 months, Aus­tria) and Stevia Hel­las (3 months, Greece).

ESR 8-pro­ject: The spa­tial spread of social inno­va­tions. How and under which con­di­ti­ons do inno­va­tive social prac­tices “tra­vel”?

Aims: To be con­side­red a social inno­va­tion, indi­vi­dual pro­jects offe­ring a novel social prac­tice require a spa­tial spread of the prac­tice. ESR 8 ana­ly­ses the spread of inno­va­tive solu­ti­ons as part of an inno­va­tion bio­gra­phy. This will be done for RURAC­TION initia­ti­ves in the Mühl­vier­tel (AT), the Ucker­mark (DE) and the Baixo Alen­tejo (PT) region. The regio­nal (and inter­na­tio­nal) spa­tial spread of the inno­va­tive approach will be obser­ved. It is a task of the pro­ject to recon­struct the cour­ses of the spreads, to examine dri­ving forces (such as key indi­vi­du­als, the media) and to inves­ti­gate in how far the ori­gi­nal prac­tices are modi­fied by the “mobi­lity pro­cess” of social inno­va­tion. Qua­li­ta­tive inter­views with invol­ved actors and docu­ment ana­ly­ses will be the metho­do­lo­gi­cal tools of the ESR 8-pro­ject. In addi­tion, the ESR will be invol­ved in the orga­niza­t­ion of RurAc­tion events at his/her hos­ting uni­ver­sity.

Super­vi­sor: Prof. Christ­mann (IRS), co-super­vi­sor Prof. Hul­gård (RUC).

Insti­tu­tio­nal affi­lia­tion: The hol­der of the post will be enrol­led as a PhD stu­dent at the Tech­ni­cal Uni­ver­sity Ber­lin, Faculty VI Plan­ning Buil­ding Envi­ron­ment. Second­ments will take place at Otelo eGen (3 months, Aus­tria), Social Impact (3 months, Ger­many), ADC Moura (3 months, Por­tu­gal).

ESR 9-pro­ject: The impact of inno­va­tive solu­ti­ons on regio­nal dis­cour­ses and the per­cep­tion of rural deve­lop­ment

Aims: Con­trary to the ESR 3-pro­ject, ESR 9 does not look back to dis­cour­ses prior to, but par­al­lel to the imple­men­ta­tion and the spread of the inno­va­tive approa­ches. It will be exami­ned in how far the imple­men­ta­tion of inno­va­tive approa­ches trig­gers media res­pon­ses, how they are por­trayed in the reports, and how approa­ches of pro­blem sol­ving are dis­cur­si­vely fur­ther pro­ces­sed in the respec­tive regi­ons. Fur­ther­more, it will be inves­ti­ga­ted in how far resi­dents are aware of such inno­va­tive approa­ches to solu­ti­ons and how they per­ceive poten­ti­als for the deve­lop­ment of their region. A qua­li­ta­tive dis­course ana­ly­sis (regio­nal news­pa­per arti­cles) and qua­li­ta­tive inter­views with selec­ted regio­nal resi­dents and deci­sion makers will be con­duc­ted for the Mid-West (IE), the Ucker­mark (DE) and the Mühl­vier­tel (AT). ESR 3 and ESR 9 will work as a tan­dem, i.e. they exch­ange empi­ri­cal fin­dings and jointly dis­cuss results.

Rele­vant sub­jects to be cove­red in the cumu­la­tive dis­ser­ta­tion employ­ing qua­li­ta­tive and/or quan­ti­ta­tive methods of empi­ri­cal social sci­ence include but are not strictly limi­ted to the fol­lo­wing:
  • Impact of regio­nally imple­men­ted inno­va­tion and entre­pre­neurship prac­tices on regio­nal dis­cour­ses
  • Emer­gence of orga­niza­t­io­nal fields lin­ked to the regio­nally imple­men­ted inno­va­tion and entre­pre­neurship prac­tices
  • The inter­play bet­ween (chan­ges in) insti­tu­tio­nal logics regio­nally imple­men­ted inno­va­tion and entre­pre­neurship prac­tices
  • Mul­ti­le­vel ana­ly­sis of the inter­de­pen­dence bet­ween resour­ces for and legi­ti­macy of regio­nally imple­men­ted inno­va­tion and entre­pre­neurship prac­tices
  • Sca­ling regio­nally imple­men­ted niche inno­va­tions to regime-level chan­ges
  • Ana­ly­sis of place-based insti­tu­ti­ons rele­vant for regio­nally imple­men­ted inno­va­tion and entre­pre­neurship prac­tices
  • Com­pa­ra­tive ana­ly­sis of regio­nally imple­men­ted inno­va­tion prac­tices bet­ween inter­na­tio­nal con­texts (Aus­trian, Greece, Irish and Polish case regi­ons) and bet­ween cor­po­rate and social entre­pre­neurship

Super­vi­sor: Prof. Fink (Insti­tute for Inno­va­tion Manage­ment at Johan­nes Kep­ler Uni­ver­sity Linz – JKU, Aus­tria), co-super­vi­sor Prof. Tsoba­no­glu (UAE). The prac­tical super­vi­sor is Mar­tin Hol­li­netz and prac­tical co-super­vi­sor is Wolf­gang Mader (Otelo eGen).

Insti­tu­tio­nal affi­lia­tion: The hol­der of the post will be enrol­led as a PhD stu­dent at JKU. Second­ments will take place at Bal­ly­houra Deve­lop­ment Lt (3 months, Ire­land), IRS (3 months, Ger­many) and Social Impact (3 months, Ger­many).

ESR 10-pro­ject: The socio-eco­no­mic impact of inno­va­tive solu­ti­ons on regio­nal deve­lop­ment

Aims: This pro­ject is con­cep­tua­li­sed to ana­lyse in how far – as an effect of social entre­pre­neu­rial activi­ties – eco­no­mic, politi­cal and/or social impacts can be noted. A stan­dar­di­sed online sur­vey of experts will be con­duc­ted for the five RURAC­TION regi­ons which are ope­ra­tion fields of the cont­ri­bu­ting social ent­er­pri­ses. An appro­priate set of indi­ca­tors will be adop­ted from exis­ting ope­ra­tio­na­li­sa­ti­ons in data­ba­ses such as the OECD Bet­ter Life Index and the Euro­pean Sys­tem of Social Indi­ca­tors (GESIS). Actors of social ent­er­pri­ses, regio­nal eco­no­mic experts, regio­nal politi­ci­ans and experts of social wel­fare asso­cia­ti­ons will be asked to assess in how far jobs have been crea­ted, the pro­vi­sion with goods and ser­vices has been impro­ved, regio­nal policy stra­te­gies for rural deve­lop­ment have been modi­fied, social net­works have been built, fur­ther initia­ti­ves have been star­ted, social cohe­rence has been impro­ved, social life has become more vivid, etc. In addi­tion, the ESR will be invol­ved in the orga­niza­t­ion of RurAc­tion events at his/her hos­ting uni­ver­sity.

Super­vi­sor: Prof. Fer­reiro (ISCTE-IUL), Prof. Hen­ri­ques (ISCTE-IUL), Prof. Sousa (ISCTE-IUL), co-super­vi­sor Prof. Stry­ja­kie­wicz (UAM).

Insti­tu­tio­nal affi­lia­tion: The hol­der of the post will be enrol­led as a PhD stu­dent to the Uni­ver­sity Insti­tute of Lis­bon and asso­cia­ted to the Centre for Socio-Eco­no­mic Change and Ter­ri­to­rial Stu­dies. Second­ments will take place at ADC Moura (3 months, Por­tu­gal), Otelo eGen (3 months, Aus­tria) and AMU (3 months, Poland). 

Require­ments:

  • The fel­low should cont­ri­bute to the out­reach of the pro­ject, espe­cially by:
1. par­ti­ci­pa­tion in publi­ca­ti­ons in high ran­ked jour­nals, ela­bo­ra­tion of the plan­ned prac­tice hand­book and policy briefs, 2. active par­ti­ci­pa­tion at sci­en­ti­fic con­fe­ren­ces, policy Work­shops etc. at natio­nal and EU level and the pre­pa­ra­tion of the plan­ned exhi­bi­tion,
3. par­ti­ci­pa­tion in media com­mu­ni­ca­tion, crea­tion of a photo and video diary as a form of rese­arch auto-refle­xi­vity and a docu­men­tary film and in sprea­ding pro­ject infor­ma­tion on EU level using Euro­pean Com­mis­si­ons' com­mu­ni­ca­tion tools
Gene­ral requi­re­ments:

  • At the core of the MSCA-ITNs is rese­ar­cher mobi­lity. The recrui­ted Early Stage Rese­ar­chers (ESRs) must not have resi­ded or car­ried out his/her main activity in the coun­try he/she will be employed for more than 12 months in the 3 years imme­dia­tely prior to the recruit­ment date.
  • Can­di­da­tes must be in the early stage of their rese­arch career (first four years, full time equi­va­lent) and not in pos­ses­sion of a doc­to­ral degree.
  • Strong inte­rest in inter­di­sci­pli­nary col­la­bo­ra­tion.
  • Strong moti­va­tion to work in a coope­ra­tive and fle­xi­ble team envi­ron­ment.
  • Be pre­pa­red to tra­vel and ful­fill all secon­de­ments.

Spe­ci­fic requi­re­ments:

ESR 1-pro­ject

  • Mas­ter degree, pre­fe­r­a­bly in eco­no­mic or human geo­gra­phy, (spa­tial) eco­nomy, regio­nal sci­ence, geo-infor­ma­tion (socio-eco­no­mic pro­file).
  • Flu­ency in Eng­lish lan­guage.
  • Acquain­tance with: (1) data­ba­ses, aca­de­mic lite­ra­ture and expert reports rela­ted to the pro­blems of Euro­pean rural regi­ons; (2) tools for collec­ting and pro­ces­sing data (inclu­ding methods of sta­ti­s­ti­cal ana­ly­sis) and their map­ping; (3) quan­ti­ta­tive and qua­li­ta­tive methods
  • The skill to make a struc­tu­ral and a com­pa­ra­tive ana­ly­sis in a regio­nal dimen­sion and to for­mu­late visi­ons and sce­na­rios of deve­lop­ment.
  • IT know­ledge (basic com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills).
Desi­ra­ble:
  • Working know­ledge in Polish and/or Por­tu­guese/Spa­nish lan­guage.

ESR 2-pro­ject

  • Mas­ter degree, pre­fe­r­a­bly in socio­logy
  • Flu­ency in Eng­lish lan­guage.
  • Acquain­tance with: (1) data­ba­ses, aca­de­mic lite­ra­ture and expert reports rela­ted to the pro­blems of Euro­pean rural regi­ons; (2) tools for collec­ting and pro­ces­sing data (inclu­ding methods of sta­ti­s­ti­cal ana­ly­sis) and their map­ping; (3) quan­ti­ta­tive and qua­li­ta­tive methods
  • The skill to make a struc­tu­ral and a com­pa­ra­tive ana­ly­sis in a regio­nal dimen­sion and to for­mu­late visi­ons and sce­na­rios of deve­lop­ment.
  • IT know­ledge (basic com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills).
Desi­ra­ble:
  • Working know­ledge in Greek and/or Por­tu­guese/Spa­nish lan­guage.

ESR 3-pro­ject

  • Mas­ter degree, pre­fe­r­a­bly in social sci­en­ces (e.g. socio­logy, politi­cal sci­en­ces, geo­gra­phy, com­mu­ni­ca­tion sci­ence).
  • Flu­ency in Eng­lish lan­guage.
  • Expe­ri­en­ces in socio­logy of know­ledge, dis­course ana­ly­sis, qua­li­ta­tive inter­views, groun­ded theory ana­ly­sis; know­ledge in the field of regio­nal stu­dies.
  • IT know­ledge (basic com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills).
Desi­ra­ble:
  • Working know­ledge in Ger­man lan­guage.

ESR 4-pro­ject

  • Mas­ter degree, pre­fe­r­a­bly in busi­ness or social sci­en­ces
  • Flu­ency in Eng­lish lan­guage.
  • Acquain­tance with: (1) data­ba­ses, aca­de­mic lite­ra­ture and expert reports rela­ted to the pro­blems of Euro­pean rural regi­ons; (2) tools for collec­ting and pro­ces­sing data (inclu­ding methods of sta­ti­s­ti­cal ana­ly­sis) and their map­ping; (3) quan­ti­ta­tive and qua­li­ta­tive methods
  • The skill to make a struc­tu­ral and a com­pa­ra­tive ana­ly­sis in a regio­nal dimen­sion and to for­mu­late visi­ons and sce­na­rios of deve­lop­ment.
  • IT know­ledge (basic com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills).
Desi­ra­ble:
  • Working know­ledge in Ger­man and/or Greek lan­guage.
  • Working expe­ri­ence in social ent­er­prise.

ESR 5-pro­ject

  • Mas­ter degree, pre­fe­r­a­bly in social sci­en­ces, geo­gra­phy, Euro­pean stu­dies, eco­no­mics.
  • Excel­lent Eng­lish lan­guage capa­ci­ties.
  • Acquain­tance with: (1) lite­ra­ture rela­ted to rural deve­lop­ment and/ or (social) entre­pre­neurship; (2) social sci­ence tools for collec­ting and pro­ces­sing data; (3) qua­li­ta­tive social sci­ence methods.
  • IT know­ledge (basic com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills).
Desi­ra­ble:
  • Working know­ledge in Ger­man and/or Greek/Por­tu­guese/Spa­nish lan­guage.
  • Expe­ri­ence with com­pa­ra­tive ana­ly­ses and case study rese­arch.
  • Know­ledge in regio­nal stu­dies and regio­nal deve­lop­ment.

ESR 6-pro­ject

  • Mas­ter degree, pre­fe­r­a­bly in busi­ness or social sci­en­ces
  • Flu­ency in Eng­lish lan­guage.
  • Acquain­tance with: (1) data­ba­ses, aca­de­mic lite­ra­ture and expert reports rela­ted to the pro­blems of Euro­pean rural regi­ons; (2) tools for collec­ting and pro­ces­sing data (inclu­ding methods of sta­ti­s­ti­cal ana­ly­sis) and their map­ping; (3) quan­ti­ta­tive and qua­li­ta­tive methods.
  • The skill to make a struc­tu­ral and a com­pa­ra­tive ana­ly­sis in a regio­nal dimen­sion and to for­mu­late visi­ons and sce­na­rios of deve­lop­ment.
  • IT know­ledge (basic com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills).
Desi­ra­ble:
  • Working know­ledge in Greek and/or Por­tu­guese/Spa­nish lan­guage.

ESR 7-pro­ject

  • Mas­ter degree, pre­fe­r­a­bly in social entre­pre­neurship or social sci­en­ces.
  • Flu­ency in Eng­lish lan­guage.
  • IT know­ledge (basic com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills).
Desi­ra­ble:
  • Working know­ledge in Ger­man and/or Greek lan­guage.
  • Working know­ledge in Danish lan­guage.

ESR 8-pro­ject

  • Mas­ter degree, pre­fe­r­a­bly in socio­logy or geo­gra­phy
  • Flu­ency in Eng­lish lan­guage.
  • IT know­ledge (basic com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills).
  • Expe­ri­en­ces in qua­li­ta­tive rese­arch methods, par­ti­cu­larly with gui­de­line inter­views and with groun­ded theory ana­ly­sis; know­ledge in the field of inno­va­tion rese­arch or of the policy mobi­lity approach.
Desi­ra­ble:
  • Working know­ledge in Ger­man and/or Por­tu­guese/Spa­nish lan­guage.

ESR 9-pro­ject

  • Mas­ter degree, pre­fe­r­a­bly in Busi­ness and Social Sci­ence and Socio­logy
  • Excel­lent social skills and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills and inter­cul­tu­ral sen­si­ti­vity
  • Flu­ency in Eng­lish lan­guage (writ­ten and oral).
  • Good working know­ledge in Ger­man lan­guage
Desi­ra­ble:
  • Strong theo­re­ti­cal back­ground in busi­ness stu­dies and/or socio­logy with a focus on entre­pre­neurship, inno­va­tion and regio­nal deve­lop­ment
  • Ability to work in a rese­arch team and expe­ri­ence in field work
  • SPSS, Stata or any other soft­ware package for quan­ti­ta­tive data ana­ly­sis
  • Atlas, Nvivo or any other soft­ware package for qua­li­ta­tive data ana­ly­sis
  • Publi­ca­tion record in inter­na­tio­nal peer-reviewed jour­nals
  • Publi­ca­tion record at inter­na­tio­nal con­fe­ren­ces with peer-review pro­ce­dure

ESR 10-pro­ject

  • Mas­ter degree, pre­fe­r­a­bly in social sci­en­ces (e.g., deve­lop­ment stu­dies, socio­logy, politi­cal sci­ence, social anthro­po­logy) eco­no­mics (inclu­ding social and soli­da­rity eco­no­mics), geo­gra­phy, regio­nal sci­ence, urban and regio­nal plan­ning (socio-eco­no­mic pro­file).
  • Flu­ency in Eng­lish lan­guage.
  • Acquain­tance with: (1) data­ba­ses, aca­de­mic lite­ra­ture and expert reports rela­ted to the pro­blems of Euro­pean rural regi­ons; (2) quan­ti­ta­tive and qua­li­ta­tive methods as well as case study metho­do­logy aiming at the collec­tion and pro­ces­sing of data (inclu­ding inter­views, life sto­ries, ques­ti­on­nai­res and methods of sta­ti­s­ti­cal ana­ly­sis-e.g., SPSS). (3) Impact Eva­lua­tion meth­do­lo­gies.
  • The skill to make a struc­tu­ral and a com­pa­ra­tive ana­ly­sis in a regio­nal dimen­sion.
  • IT know­ledge (basic com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills).
Desi­ra­ble:
  • Working know­ledge in Por­tu­guese/Spa­nish and/or Polish lan­guage.

What we of­fer:

The posi­ti­ons offer:
  • Excel­lent insti­tu­tio­nal envi­ron­ment, a sti­mu­la­ting high pro­file rese­arch pro­gramme with inter­na­tio­nal focus.
  • Mea­su­res for career deve­lop­ment oppor­tu­nities (trai­ning pro­gramme, second­ments).
  • Salary cor­re­spon­ding to MSCA-ITN 2016 Euro­pean Trai­ning Net­work (inclu­ding living, mobi­lity and family allo­wan­ces).
  • 3 year full-time con­tract

How to ap­ply:

App­li­cants are requested to send their app­li­ca­tion in Eng­lish with the refe­rence num­ber RurAc­tion ESR (+ Pro­ject num­ber) until March 26th 2017 as a PDF file (max. 4MB) to bewerbungen@irs-net.de. The app­li­ca­tion shall com­prise a let­ter of moti­va­tion (at least one page), a cur­ri­cu­lum vitae, copies of diplo­mas and lan­guage skills, a tran­script of records (if app­lica­ble), two nomi­na­ted refe­rees that can be con­tac­ted and a chap­ter of the Mas­ter The­sis or a paper or a publi­ca­tion in Eng­lish (if app­lica­ble).
Short­lis­ted can­di­da­tes will be invi­ted for the final inter­view in May 2017 in Erkner, Ger­many. Tra­vel expen­ses will be reim­bur­sed.
We are expli­citly com­mit­ted to the prin­ci­ple of equal oppor­tu­nities. Women are espe­cially encou­ra­ged to apply. People with disa­bi­li­ties will be pre­fe­ren­ti­ally con­side­red in case of equi­va­lent qua­li­fi­ca­ti­ons.

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion please con­tact the RurAc­tion Pro­ject Mana­ger Marie-Julie Jac­que­mot (Phone: +49 3362 793-269 E-Mail: Marie-Julie.Jacquemot@leibniz-irs.de) or the super­vi­sor of the pro­ject you are inte­rested in.