Postdoctoral Fellow in GIS Study of Mobilities on the Belt and Road

Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong
05 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
01 Jun 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Geography, Sociology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The University of Hong Kong 's highest priorities are to create opportunities for the very best academic talents to excel and to advance human knowledge to the benefit of society. We serve the needs of Hong Kong, the wider region and the rest of the world.

Work type: Full-time
Department: Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (45400)
Categories: Academic-related Staff

Applications are invited for appointment as Post-doctoral Fellow in GIS study of mobilities on the Belt and Road in the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (HKIHSS) (Ref.: 494362) (to commence on September 1, 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter for two years)

Applicants should possess a Ph.D. degree preferably in Human Geography, Sociology, Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Religious Studies, History or a related discipline, with practical experience in Geographic Information System (GIS) and big-data analytics as well as an understanding on their applications to research in the humanities/social sciences.

The appointee will work for the Collaborative Research Grant Project “Infrastructures of Faith: Religious Mobility on the Belt and Road” (C7052-18GF), funded by the Research Grant Council of Hong Kong SAR, under the advice of Dr. David A. Palmer (Project Coordinator, HKIHSS/ Department of Sociology) and Dr. Junxi Qian (Department of Geography).  The appointee will be responsible for using geo-tagged and locational data in websites, social media and other online platforms to develop macro-level mapping of mobilities of religious people, organizations and activities along the Belt and Road, and undertake quantitative and qualitative analyses of such mobilities and networks.  The appointee is expected to produce visualizations accessible to the public, assist the development of the project website, and (co)author research articles.   

The Institute was established in 2001 with a mission to promote innovative, cross disciplinary scholarship with a focus on China and Asia. More information about the Institute can be viewed at

A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medical benefits.

The University only accepts online application for the above post.  Applicants should apply online and upload an up-to-date C.V. and a personal statement with research interest.   Applicants should also invite two referees to send confidential reference letters to  Review of applications will start on May 1, 2019 and continue until June 1, 2019, or until the post is filled, whichever is earlier.

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