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Full professor International Development Studies

The Chair International Development Studies (IDS) is one of the core Chairs at the Department of Human Geography, Planning and International Development …

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Nieuwe Achtergracht, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Vast contract
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
€ 5749 - € 8371 per maand


The Chair International Development Studies (IDS) is one of the core Chairs at the Department of Human Geography, Planning and International Development Studies in the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences of the University of Amsterdam. The position of full professor in International Development Studies will become available July 2021.

 The Chair International Development Studies will be located in the Governance and Inclusive Development (GID) programme group which is currently led by Joyeeta Gupta, Professor on Environment and Development in the Global South. International Development Studies at the UVA has recently been ranked as 17th worldwide (QS World University Rankings). The new professor will be expected to bring in additional expertise in International Development Studies and preferably experience in Africa and/or Asia. The professor needs to be well versed in mixed methods, combining quantitative, qualitative, and spatial analysis. In particular, we are looking for a professor who is skilled in quantitative methods. The candidate’s work should fit in a social science environment and a department where IDS interacts closely with Geography and Planning.

 We are looking for a professor who is willing to further develop the research and teaching ambitions of the group while also having a specific niche of expertise. We are looking for someone who is willing to actively, critically and constructively engage with the Sustainable Development Goals as they pertain to both the Global North and Global South, with the concept of inclusive development and has a specific niche area in which he or she is a globally recognized scholar. We are looking for both an academic leader and a team player. We are also looking for someone with a proven track record of project acquisition from a network of funding agencies, and who has an impressive set of PhD supervisions successfully completed.

The professor will also have to spend a substantial proportion of his/her time in teaching. In the department, professors have to teach a minimum of 30 percent of their time. Teaching skills are thus critical.

 For a full description of the position see our website.


The full professor has:

  • internationally recognized expertise in multi-level development transformation processes that affect social, political and economic transitions;
  • a clear vision about the future direction of international development studies;
  • knowledge of the IDS field ranging from local to international issues; of the different theories of development, alternative development and sustainable development; of the role of government and governance; with an understanding of the relevant social, economic, political, cultural and spatial aspects; and of the contributions of the different actors – public, non-state, private industry and community actors – to development;
  • affinity with the research themes of the group;
  • research experience in the Global South but preferably in Africa and/or Asia;
  • solid experience in interdisciplinary research combining the different Social Sciences, demonstrated skills in mixed methods research combining qualitative and quantitative analysis (and preferably also knowledge of GIS and remote sensing analysis, analysis of big data, affinity with spatial analysis); extensive experience in and appreciation for field research connecting local realities with global issues;
  • proven experience in acquisition of research funding at national, European and international levels, as well as project management skills;
  • published extensively in internationally refereed journals;
  • an excellent teaching and supervision record at Bachelor’s and (Research) Master’s level;
  • experience in initiating and managing teaching and research programmes, including supervision of PhD candidates;
  • proven academic leadership and management qualities, capable of inspiring and managing an interdisciplinary team; and
  • a strong position in international research, development policy and practice networks.


Our offer

The position concerns a full-time employment for 38 hours per week. Depending on qualifications and experience, the gross monthly salary will range from € 5.749 to € 8.371 based on full-time employment for a 38-hour working week (in keeping with scale H2, as per the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities. Secondary benefits at Dutch universities are attractive and include an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end of year bonus.

Additional information

For more information about the position, please contact:

  • dr Jochem de Vries, head of the Department of Human Geography, Planning and International Development Studies
    T: +31  (0)20 525 6052
  • prof. Joyeeta Gupta, Professor on Environment and Development in the Global South
    T: +31 (0)20 525 4366