The Urban Studies Institute at Georgia State University seeks an outstanding postdoctoral researcher with expertise in contemporary urbanization in India, for a period of two years.

The candidate must have a strong affinity and familiarity with the interdisciplinary field of urban studies; have field research experience in India; be fluent in Hindi and preferably one or more other Indian languages; and be attuned to comparative approaches. The candidate should be interested in joining a research project on urbanization at India’s rural-urban transition, a project that involves mixed methods including census data analysis, remote sensing data, and primary (quantitative and qualitative) data collection in selected sites ranging from surveys to interviews to focus groups. The contribution of the postdoctoral researcher focuses on socio-cultural change at India’s rural-urban transition. A PhD is required, in geography, urban studies, anthropology, sociology, or related field.

GSU has developed an ambitious plan to prioritize urban studies with an interdisciplinary reach across the University’s schools and colleges. The Institute’s goals are to conduct top-level research, develop an innovative and specialized curriculum, and engage with stakeholders in the Atlanta metro region. The Institute’s research agenda ranges from local to global scales and is particularly geared to comparative urban approaches and to the theme of urban inclusive development.

The Institute is presently housed in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, ranked among the Best Graduate Schools for Public Affairs in the United States by the U.S. News & World Report. Its students, alumni and faculty work to advance economic opportunity, human rights and social justice around the world. Georgia State University is a major urban institution with more than 50,000 students. GSU is recognized as a national leader in student success and in graduating students from diverse backgrounds. In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked GSU as the 4th most innovative school in the nation.

Applications should be addressed to Search Committee, Urban Studies Institute, Georgia State University and must be sent via email to: At the time of offer, a background check will be required. The application must consist of a single PDF file containing (1) a letter of application including names, affiliations, and email addresses of three referees; and (2) a current CV. The PDF file name should include the applicant’s last name. Review of applications will start on August 2, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

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Georgia State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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