Reader/Professor in Economics (x2)

Reader/Professor in Economics (x2)

Job title: Professor in Sustainable Structural Transformation x2
Department: Economics / Centre for Sustainable Structural Transformation 
Contract Type: Fixed Term Until 31/08/2026 
Grade: 9  (Reader) Salary: £60,239 - £69,132 FTE Inc. London Allowance (Pro rata for part time) 

Grade: Professorial Salary: £69,355 - £78,997 FTE Inc. London Allowance (Pro rata for part time) 
Location: London 
Hours: 10.5h (30% FTE) 

About the Department 
The SOAS Economics Department has a mission to address the most urgent issues of our times. Today these include the rampant environmental catastrophe, historic levels of inequality, health, economic and social crises, etc. The Department exercises leadership internationally in political economy, development and heterodox economics, and does so by bringing a unique regional lens to bear on its analysis. Research in the Department proceeds along a set of themes including structural transformation, industrial development and policy; governance and political economy of institutions; money and finance; international financial institutions; labour and informal economies; nutrition, health and development; ecological macroeconomics. 

The Centre for Sustainable Structural Transformation (CSST), which is scheduled to be launched in February 2024, is a newly established research centre hosted by the SOAS Economics Department. CSST will conduct path-breaking research in developing countries, especially those in Africa, to inform structural transformation and economic diversification strategies that are environmentally and socially sustainable. CSST will focus on four inter-linked research and policy streams: energy transition, mineral resources, reorganization of the international supply chain, and construction of new infrastructure. CSST will also advance concrete proposals on how private sector firms and governments can coordinate their efforts towards new industrial pathways for sustainable prosperity. As the Centre evolves, new research streams (e.g., mobility solutions, worker training, digital skills, development finance) will be added, depending on other funding opportunities, potential research partnerships, and demands from policymakers and businesses. Professors Ha-Joon Chang and Antonio Andreoni in the SOAS Economics Department will co-direct the CSST. 

About the Role 
The CSST will appoint part-time professors to improve the academic standing of the Centre for Sustainable Structural Transformation by contributing to collaborative research with specialist and technical inputs, providing the Co-Directors with strategic insights, mentoring research fellows, contributing to the building of research networks and policy impact, publishing and disseminating collaborative research of the highest quality, contributing to the identification of new funding opportunities and development of funding proposals for the Centre and partners.  

The CSST will appoint part-time professors with specialized research expertise and policy experience in one or more of the following areas:

Energy transition, with a focus on the restructuring of the energy sector, the potential of renewable technologies, and solution for energy-intensive industries, including green hydrogen;

Critical Minerals, with a focus on their role in the manufacturing of renewable and digital technologies, minerals value chains, and the management of minerals for economic diversification;

Geography of production and trade, with a focus on the reorganisation of regional and global value chains driven by new trade regimes, sustainability and green competitive advantage;

Infrastructure and the living space, with a focus on the new infrastructural investments and regulations needed to make the built environment and living space as well as mobility sustainable;

New business models, with a focus on the new organisational and management models addressing the sustainability challenges, including public-private partnerships, supply chain management and scope for digital innovation;

Policy governance and industrial policy, with a focus on the ways in which industrial policy can reshape industries and markets towards sustainable structural transformation. 

You can find further information on the key criteria for the role in the Job pack, along with a full list of duties and responsibilities. 

How to Apply: Please complete the online application form and upload your CV publications, and a supporting statement  
Closing date: 23rd June 2024  

Interviews to be held: TBC 

Further information 
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We would particularly welcome applications from candidates from working class, first generation Higher Education, Black, Asian, other minority ethnic and underrepresented groups from within the UK and beyond. All appointment decisions will be made on merit, following a fair and competitive process.