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Assistant Professor, Geography

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28 Mar 2021

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Department of Geography, National University of Singapore (NUS)

TWO faculty position in Social/Cultural Geographies addressing contemporary crises of sustainability in Asia (at Assistant Professor level on the tenure-track).

The Department of Geography at the National University of Singapore (NUS) seeks to appoint two established or emerging research leaders in the field of Social/Cultural Geography whose work addresses contemporary crises of sustainability in Asia. This could include, but is not limited to, issues of environmental justice, sustainable practices and futures, or the socio-spatial dimensions of climate change.

The successful candidates will be expected to play leading and innovative roles in the Department’s Social and Cultural Geographies (SCG) group and to build an ambitious programme of research. The NUS Department of Geography has a long and rich tradition of social and cultural geography research, with well-established strengths in scholarship on cultural/heritage landscapes, migration and transnationalism, cities, gender, and geographies of tourism. In more recent years the SCG research group has developed other research strands including ageing and care, children and young people, pedagogy innovations and urban liveability.

The group is currently organised around two inclusive and overlapping themes: mobilities and urban life. SCG members have strong collaborative relations with colleagues in the other two research groups in the Department (Politics, Economies and Space, PEAS, and Tropical Environmental Change, TEC) and scholars in cognate disciplines, particularly as part of the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. NUS more widely is among the world’s most highly reputed universities and provides a generous and well-resourced environment in terms of funding and other research support. For more information on the NUS Department of Geography, please see:

We particularly welcome applications from social and cultural geographers who make use of innovative and creative methods and methodologies, including digital. For candidates who do not have previous experience of researching in/on Asia, it is important to demonstrate evidence of an ability and willingness to develop research projects in/from the region. Candidates must have a PhD in geography or a closely allied field.

Interested candidates should submit an application comprising: a letter of interest with details of their research credentials and future plans; the level of post they are applying to  (tenure track assistant professor); a full curriculum vitae; and evidence of teaching experience, including feedback if available. The application for an Assistant Professorship position should include the names and contact details of three referees (one of whom must be the applicant’s PhD supervisor).

An internationally competitive remuneration package, including a period of subsidised housing, medical benefits and relocation expenses (where applicable), will be offered to the successful candidates. NUS also provides start-up grants, the value of which is commensurate with experience and position of appointment.

For further enquiries, please contact the Chair of the Search Committee, Professor Tim Bunnell:

The deadline for applications is 16th April 2021. Shortlisted candidates will be notified soon thereafter, and plans will then be made for a campus visit and interview (because of the impacts of COVID-19 we will be conducting virtual campus visits until further notice).


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