Australian Research Council Research Fellow

5 days left

Melbourne, Australia
05 Nov 2020
End of advertisement period
03 Dec 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Work type: Fixed Term
Location: Parkville
Division/Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Department/School: School of Social and Political Sciences
Salary: $73,669 - $99,964 (Level A)
Role & Superannuation rate: Academic - Part time - 9.5% super

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About the Faculty of Arts - School of Social and Political Sciences

The School of Social and Political Sciences is at the forefront of teaching and research in the social sciences in Australia. The School has a team of dedicated academic and professional staff in the disciplines of Political Science, Criminology, Anthropology, Development Studies and Sociology as well as allied research centres providing a dynamic and rewarding environment for staff and students. 

About the role

Professor Andrew Walter (School of Social and Political Sciences) and his co-investigators in Melbourne Law School, the Faculty of Business and Economics, and the Department of Economics at Monash University are seeking a highly qualified Fixed Term Research Fellow to work on an interdisciplinary Discovery Project funded by the Australian Research Council: ‘Balancing National Security and Economic Interests in Foreign Investment’. With the rise of emerging economies such as China and the advent of the digital age, many countries are increasingly tightening restrictions on inward foreign direct investment (FDI) based on national security concerns. These concerns arise particularly when state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and those connected with authoritarian regimes attempt to invest in sensitive sectors, including those designated as encompassing ‘critical infrastructure’. Chinese technology companies such as Huawei have been especially targeted by these and related restrictions in numerous countries, contributing to growing geopolitical tensions regarding international trade and foreign investment.

The project begins from the proposition that we currently lack an integrated understanding of the nature, causes and implications of these ongoing policy shifts. The team aims to provide interdisciplinary research and policy analysis to illuminate how governments balance the demands of national security and the benefits of economic integration. The project will use mixed methods, including qualitative analysis of four major country cases (Brazil, China, the United Kingdom and the United States) and quantitative analysis through creation of a global database on FDI policy. The Research Fellow will play a central role in the construction of the global database.

About you

To be considered for this role, you will have excellent research and writing skills, proficiency in using online sources to code policies, and experience in using a range of database software. You will also have a demonstrated capacity to analyse, understand and describe qualitative and qualitative information.

You will be someone who can work autonomously, be able to work productively as a team member and be highly organised.

How to Apply

Please click 'Apply' and complete the application form. Please include in your submission a cover letter and copy of your CV. Response to selection criteria is not required.

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Applications close: 03 Dec 2020 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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