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The Faculty of Humanities has a vacancy for two PhD positions in the ERC project 'Platform Labor'.
The doctoral project The Urban Opportunities and Challenges of Airbnb focuses on the world’s most popular home-rental platform. Through three ethnographies in Berlin, Amsterdam and New York City, you will compare Airbnb’s operations in particular neighborhoods, by examining the practices of four stakeholders: hosts using the platform, businesses that operate 'on top of' the platform (e.g. key pickup/drop-off, luggage storage, and cleaning services), neighborhood residents, and local government actors. Besides connecting these stakeholders’ everyday experiences to Airbnb’s broader impact on institutions and environments in these cities, you will analyze gender, class, and racial issues that have so far played a marginal role in previous research on asset-sharing platforms. Accordingly, the project aims to answer the following questions:
The doctoral project Alternatives to the Corporate Sharing Economy will focus on community-based alternatives to the corporate sharing economy in New York, Berlin, and Amsterdam. You will conduct one eight-month ethnography in each city, focusing on grassroots initiatives that promote egalitarian, commons-based models of platform-based value creation. Such initiatives are dedicated to, for example, food sharing and borrowing household goods, but also include cooperatively owned home care and cleaning services. One main objective of this subproject is to compare how such initiates are developed and maintained in each city. Accordingly, the three case studies aim to answer the following questions:
Tasks: Successful completion of a PhD thesis within the period of appointment; regular presentations of intermediate research results at national and international workshops/conferences and completion and submission of four journal article manuscripts, preferably within the period of appointment.
You must have:
Previous work/study experience at civil society organizations is desirable.
We are committed to increasing diversity in the field. We especially welcome applications from women, LGBTQ researchers, members of minority groups, and individuals with disabilities.
You will be appointed at the University of Amsterdam’s Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies. The appointment will be for 48 months, full-time, under the terms of employment currently valid for the Faculty. You will be members of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA). The first contract will be for 12 months, with an extension for the following 36 months, contingent on a positive performance evaluation. The intended starting date of the contracts is 1 February 2019.
The gross monthly salary will be €2,222 during the first year to reach €2,840 during the fourth, based on 38 hours per week. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities is applicable. You will additionally benefit from travel grants, and will be required to take active part in a structured, international program of workshops, summer schools, and conferences.
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You may submit your application no later than 15 September 2018 to:
Your application must consist of one PDF or Word document including the following:
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