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PhD Position in Global Transformations

Leiden University, the Institute of History of the Faculty of Humanities is looking for candidates for a PhD Position in Global Transformations

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Cleveringaplaats, Leiden, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 - 38 uur


As per 1 February 2020, the Leiden University Institute for History will be appointing a PhD candidate within the focus area Global Transformations. The candidate will be housed at the Faculty of Humanities, Institute for History, and will be supervised by Professor Isabelle Duyvesteyn and by the Professor of Global Transformations to be appointed jointly by the Institute of Political Science and Institute of Security and Global Affairs.

The Global Transformations project; the post-1945 global order has been under increasing threat. The ideas and norms that formed the fundament of international order are not only being questioned, but in many cases actively compromised, e.g. international borders, economic relations, arms control regimes, and human rights norms. These challenges are complex and raise critical and urgent questions that are best answered by inter-disciplinary teams of scholars working in history, political science, political economy, international relations, law, public administration, and other disciplines. Governments, international organizations and civil society need to find ways to understand and address these global challenges, while keeping citizens’ interests and identities in mind. The focus area of Leiden University on Global Transformations aims to develop a better understanding of these complex challenges to the liberal international order and their impact on citizens and democratic politics. We are looking to develop a set of innovative approaches to study these problems.

Within this overall project, the envisioned PhD candidate will be responsible for the following subproject: This research project aims to investigate the ideas and the intellectual debate in the Global South about the emergence of these new orders in the governance and security domains. How have Indian intellectuals debated the idea of global order after the end of the Cold War? What arguments have South African thinkers offered in the discussion about new security norms? What have Brazilian writers suggested as the main flaws and shortcomings of the emergent order and what have been the alternatives offered? Moreover, what critical debates can be identified and what has been their impact? At the turn of the twentieth century, several intellectuals from the non-Western world, conducted an interesting debate which has become known as the ‘counter-modern’ moment. They fundamentally questioned the idea of progress so prevalent in the idea of modernity and in industrialized society. Are there any parallels between this highly eventful period in history and today? The PhD project will look into the history and development of ideas, intellectual debates, transnational discourses, transnational imagination and global exchange.

Key responsibilities

  • Conducting research on global transformations;
  • Writing an English-language PhD thesis within four years;
  • Presenting draft articles or thesis chapters at conferences or workshops;
  • Teaching in the relevant programmes, in year two and three of the project;
  • Co-organizing and contributing actively to activities of the focus area Global Transformations and the Leiden University Centre for International Relations.


  • A Master degree in History or in Political Science with an affinity for history, international relations or a related and relevant field;
  • Demonstrable interest in the history of global transformations and with experience in multidisciplinary research;
  • Fluency in English and preferably a competency in at least one non-Western language.
  • Experience in working with source material;
  • Excellent investigative and writing skills;
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team;
  • Ability to work in an international and highly competitive environment.


We offer a full-time position for initially one year. with the possibility of an extension of three years based on a positive evaluation of the progress of the thesis, personal capabilities and compatibility the appointment. Salary range from €2,325.- to €2,972.- gross per month based on a full-time position (pay scale P, 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. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. Additional budget allows for research visits abroad and attendance of international conferences. More at Job application procedure and employment conditions.

Additional information

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

A more extensive project description is available upon request from Prof. Isabelle Duyvesteyn, email: i.g.b.m.duijvesteijn@hum.leidenuniv.nl.