Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies

Dunedin, New Zealand
Feb 11, 2020
End of advertisement period
Mar 13, 2020
Contract Type
Full Time


We are seeking to appoint an outstanding individual to join the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Otago, in Te Wai Pounamu, the stunning South Island of Aotearoa New Zealand.

The National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies is committed to strengthening its curriculum and research in relation to the Treaty of Waitangi, the University of Otago's Māori Strategic Framework, indigenous peace traditions and biculturalism. This position affords an exciting opportunity for interested scholars to research and teach from a kaupapa Māori/Moriori, indigenous peace tradition and social justice, treaty-based perspective, to conduct research that is transformative and beneficial for Māori and Moriori communities, and to contribute to a multidisciplinary, internationally recognised research, teaching and practice centre.

The Role

In this role you will contribute to the Centre's excellent teaching and learning culture and to our national and international research profile. You will be responsible for:

  • Teaching postgraduate students in the area of Peace and Conflict Studies, broadly defined.
  • Contributing to the research activities of the Centre, including publishing in high-quality peer-reviewed journals, obtaining external funding support and supervising research students.
  • Contributing to the effective and efficient running of the School and its responsibilities within the University and wider community.

Your skills and experience

The successful candidate will ideally hold a Doctorate by the time of appointment. To be successful in the role the candidate must also have demonstrated excellence - or potential to develop excellence - in research and teaching in any area related to peace and conflict studies broadly defined.

In addition, the successful candidate will ideally possess one or more of the following skills and experience:

  • Commitment to upholding values, tikanga, kawa and traditions as guided by NgāiTahu, who are mana whenua in the region.
  • Commitment to rigour and ethics in research and teaching as well as collegiality, respect, maturity and diversity.
  • Familiarity with Māori and Moriori concepts, values, ideas and practices.
  • Commitment to upholding the values and aims of the MOU between the University of Otago, National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies and the Aotearoa New Zealand Peace and Conflict Studies Centre Trust.
  • Experience in research or teaching from a kaupapa Māori/Moriori and mātauranga Māori/Moriori perspectives.
  • An ability to contribute to teaching and learning environments that support engagement of students and staff with teao Māori/Moriori, tereo Māori/ta re Moriori and mātauranga Māori/Moriori.
  • Established, or commitment to developing, relationships with iwi and rūnaka.

Further details

This is a full-time confirmation-path (tenure track) position at the level of Lecturer or Senior Lecturer, based in Dunedin.

This is a unique opportunity for an energetic, creative and committed individual to make a significant impression and contribution in their chosen discipline while being well supported by a collegial and dynamic Centre and University.

Specific enquiries may be directed to Professor Richard Jackson, Director of the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies | TeAo O Rongomaraeroa, via the contact details below.


Candidates are requested to submit the following:

  • A CV, including employment history.
  • A letter of application addressing the Person Specification / Personal Attributes.
  • 3-4 referee contact details, including telephone number and email address.

To submit your application please click the apply button below. Applications quoting reference number 2000282 will close on Sunday, 13 March 2020.


To view all current vacancies and to apply online go to: https://otago.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?job=2000282

Equal opportunity in employment is University policy.