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Full professor in Urban Geography with a focus on Urbanization and Urban Social Challenges

The University of Amsterdam has two chairs in Urban Geography. One of these focuses on Urbanization and Urban Social Challenges. Attention is given to (1) new …

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Spui, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
€ 5334 - € 7766 per maand


The University of Amsterdam has two chairs in Urban Geography. One of these focuses on Urbanization and Urban Social Challenges. Attention is given to (1) new processes of urbanization: the geography of (hyper) urbanization, de-urbanization, re-urbanization, and suburbanization; and (2) the study of urban social challenges, which considers urban segregation and integration, polarization, class-space relations, marginalization, and gentrification, for example. Current research specifically addresses the dynamics of the development of different types of urban social spaces at various spatial scales, and questions the functioning and effects of such spaces for various categories of the population, and for other users of space.

The new chair in Urbanization and Urban Social Challenges is expected to develop and supervise innovative research and education in this field. We are interested in candidates who can both connect to the activities of existing staff, and are open to innovation with the ambition to develop new avenues of research and research methodologies in and beyond the field.

Any prospective candidate should have – in the first place – a strong affinity with Urban Geography, and more specifically with one of the two subfields described above. Candidates should also have well-founded ideas about future directions of change regarding the group’s research agenda. Candidates will be expected to play a leading role in social science debates on urban spaces and places, be interested in theory driven, socially relevant and empirically grounded research in Urban Geography, mostly in international settings, and be able to highlight interaction between humans and the environment.

A more extensive description of the substantive focus of this chair as well as its embedding can be found using this link.


The ideal candidate:

  • has a strong international embedding, as, for example, shown by an extensive publication record in international refereed academic journals and with high standing international publishers, as well as by research grant records, roles in research, teaching and professional networks;
  • is a social scientist with a broad interest and internationally recognized expertise in the field of Urban Geography/Urban Studies/Human Geography;
  • has a demonstrated expertise in applying different methodological approaches, quantitative and qualitative;
  • has experience in supervising Thesis and PhD projects;;
  • is willing and able to teach both at introductory and advanced levels in Urban Geography, but also in more general courses;
  • is comfortable lecturing sizeable groups as well as in more intimate seminar-like settings;
  • is an interested and engaged teacher;
  • is able to develop and innovate teaching programmes both in content and in didactics;
  • if not already in possession of a University Teaching Certificate (such as the Dutch BKO) is willing to acquire it within two years;
  • is willing and able to engage on a long term basis with the Urban Geography group;
  • is willing and able to take a leading role in the further development of the group, but also to share leadership and operate in a largely self-managed, horizontally structured group;
  • enables junior colleagues to mature and excel (both in research and teaching), through personal involvement and feedback;
  • stimulates Urban Geography staff to jointly acquire funding for research projects which is relevant from an academic and societal perspective;
  • positively contributes to the development and consolidation of a team spirit;
  • is open to exchange and collaboration with others, both inside and outside the university, and both with academics and practitioners;
  • is willing and able to become an active, stable, and accountable presence in the Urban Geography group, the department and the policy domain;
  • has a critical, but also a constructive and enthusiastic personality;
  • if not already living in the Netherlands, is willing and able to move to the Netherlands;
  • if not already speaking Dutch, is willing to learn it within two years.

The position will become available in 2019 (start partly depending on that of another Urban Geography chair).


This is a full-time, tenured position for 38 hours per week. Depending on qualifications and experience, the gross monthly full-time salary will range from €5,334 to €7,766 based on 38 hours per week. This is in conformity with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. Secondary benefits at Dutch universities are attractive and include an 8% holiday pay and an 8.3% end of year bonus.

Additional information

For more information about this position, please contact:

  • dr Johan Post, head of the Department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies
    T: +3 (0)20 525 2405/+31 (0)6 30106211
  • prof. Sako Musterd
    T: 031 (0)20 525 4175

Applications by email only. These should include:

  • a concise statement of motivation (2 pages max.);
  • a CV and list of publications;
  • a statement concerning research plans (2 pages max.);
  • a teaching statement (2 pages max.);
  • a list of three references.

At this stage of the procedure, please do not send letters of reference or proofs of your academic writing.

All documents should be sent as a single pdf email attachment to Ms. B. Lawa. Please mention ‘Application Full Professor Urban Geography with a focus on Urbanization and Urban Social Challenges’ and vacancy number 18-181. The deadline for applications is 1 June 2018.