• PhD Course: Politics of Human Mobility
Oslo, Norway 12-15 October 2015
Lecturers: Tim Cresswell, Northeastern University; Katherine Gough, Loughborough University; Jørgen Carling, Peace Research Institute Oslo; Marta Bivand Erdal, Peace Research Institute Oslo; and Per Gunnar Røe, University of Oslo.
Description: This course explores the politics of human mobility, emphasizing theoretical perspectives founded in human geography. The politics of mobility can be understood as the ways in which mobilities shape and are shaped by social relations that involve the production and distribution of power. Recent research on mobilities examines a great diversity of mobile phenomenon, and this course concentrates specifically on the mobility of people. Such mobilities (and immo-bilities) can be explored at multiple scales, including the local, the urban, and the transnational. Mobilities may also be produced through the relations between scales, an issue that will be addressed in this course. By focusing on how mobility relates to power, we seek to explore common theoretical themes that cut across sub-fields such as political geography, urban geography, and the geography of migration and transnationalism. The course is organized by the Department of Sociology and Human Geography at the University of Oslo in collaboration with the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). It is offered in conjunction with the Norwegian Network on Geographies of Mobilities (NNGM), a research network funded by the Research Council of Norway.
Application deadline: 17 August 2015
Application and additional information: http://bit.ly/polimobi2015
• Mobile Work-Life Arrangements: Exploring Conceptual and Methodological Challenges
An Interdisciplinary Late-Summer School
9-18 October, 2015
University of Freiburg, Germany
Convened by: COME (Research Group Cultures of Mobility in Europe) and ANTHROMOB (EASA Anthropology and Mobility Network)
OVERVIEW: The interdisciplinary field of mobility studies has produced a broad spectrum of theoretical works and structural analyses, driven by research focusing on recent innovation in transport and communication. Within that field, economic and work-related aspects of mobility, are often treated as distinct from other life practices. This late-summer school aims to contribute to the field of mobility studies with respect to two key issues: First, it will turn attention to the interplay between work and non-work (e.g. leisure, family life, well-being) spheres of life linked to mobility. Second, it focuses on the complexities of mobile work-life arrangements as they play out in the everyday lives of an ever-growing number of people worldwide, across the economic spectrum and across diverse professional and socio-cultural fields.
Deadline to apply: August 10, 2015. For application details and more information, please see www.mobworklife.net.
• Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Employment Standards Enforcement
A research partnership studying employment standards enforcement, under the academic direction of Professor Leah F. Vosko, Canada Research Chair in the Political Economy of Gender & Work, Political Science, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University, is pleased to announce a competition for a Postdoctoral Fellowship, tenable at York University for the 2015-2016 academic year, with the possibility of renewal.
The partnership invites applications from, in particular, interdisciplinary scholars who have earned a doctorate in the Social Sciences or Law and have a research background in fields such as work & society, gender & work, labour studies, or political economy. The Fellow will participate in this research partnership involving community legal clinics, worker centres, a private law firm, the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, the Law Commission of Ontario, the Ministry of Labour, and academic researchers from seven Canadian universities. The focus of the research is the enforcement of employment standards in Ontario (i.e., minimum conditions in areas such as wages, working time, and vacations and leaves). The partnership aims to map the nature and scope of ES violations; document enforcement practices in order to identify regulatory challenges; and develop alternative models of enforcement that may be applied in Ontario and other jurisdictions in Canada and internationally. The Fellow will also devote part of his or her time to a project associated with the research partnership involving the construction of a cross-national research database on employment standards.
The successful candidate will have strong statistical analysis skills that can be applied to social science research questions. This should include direct experience working with large survey or administrative datasets and excellent data management skills. Knowledge of statistical analysis software (such as SPSS, Stata, or R) is required. A familiarity with qualitative research methods, such as in-depth interviewing or archival document analysis, would be an asset. Graduate level training in both quantitative and qualitative social science research methodology is required. Once the postdoctoral fellow is established in the position, s/he will have opportunities to collaborate on publications, participate in conference presentations, and engage in other forms of knowledge mobilization.
The Fellow will receive an annual salary of $46,410, office space at York University, use of a computer and full access to York University libraries. S/he will be supervised by Professor Leah F. Vosko and will work closely with lead community and university based researchers in the Research Partnership as well graduate and undergraduate students.
Applications will be reviewed starting on July 31, 2015 for a position to commence September 1, 2015 (or to be negotiated). Applicants should forward a cover letter, a brief research statement , curriculum vitae, and a writing sample, as well as have three confidential academic letters of reference in one PDF document (except for reference letters which may be sent separately by referees) to Min-Jung Kwak at firstname.lastname@example.org. All correspondences should be addressed to:
Professor Leah F. Vosko
Canada Research Chair in the Political Economy of Gender and Work
618 (Gender and Work Unit)
Kaneff Tower, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON Canada M3J 1P3
Applications from non-Canadian scholars, as well as scholars with diverse work experience in public sector organizations or NGOs, are welcome.Top ^