Professor of Geography

Maynooth (IE)
24 Mar 2017
End of advertisement period
25 Jun 2017
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Geography
Contract Type
Full Time

Maynooth University
Ollscoil Mhá Nuad

Maynooth University (National University of Ireland, Maynooth) is the fastest growing university in Ireland with over 10,000 students and outstanding research and scholarship in the sciences, humanities and social sciences. The university is now entering a new and exciting phase of its development, with a new strategic plan centred on further enhancing our academic programmes, providing a distinctive student experience of the highest quality, focusing our research activities on a small number of priority themes, and further internationalising the university. To support this development, the university is seeking to recruit outstanding academics, with a strong track record of research and teaching, to the following position:

Professor of Geography

Maynooth University is committed to a strategy in which the primary University goals of excellent research and scholarship and outstanding education are interlinked and equally valued. Professors will be expected to provide significant intellectual leadership, through a demonstrated commitment to both education and research, and to contribute to the effective leadership and management of the Department, the Faculty and the University.

We are seeking an academic with an outstanding record to join our staff as Professor of Geography. The person appointed will have an excellent record of teaching, research and publication. He/she will be expected to make a strong contribution to the teaching, research and profile of the University, and to provide ongoing leadership for the discipline.

We wish to make an appointment of a leading scholar who will contribute to the field of Geography and Justice. The issue of geography and justice engages some of the liveliest debate in modern geography. The most influential geographer of the past half-century is David Harvey and geographies of justice has been a central concern of his work. From Social Justice and the City (1973) through Justice, Nature and the Geography of Difference (1996), Cosmopolitanism and the Geographies of Freedom (2009) to Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution (2012), his work on geography and justice has gathered an immense readership both inside and outside the academy. Closer to home, Spatial Justice and the Irish Crisis was edited by Gerry Kearns and colleagues and half the contributions came from Maynooth University (Gerry Kearns, Rob Kitchin, Cian O’Callaghan, Rory Hearne, Adrian Kavanagh, Ronan Foley, and Mary Gilmartin). The book has been widely cited and was recommended during Dáil debates on austerity.

Geographies of Justice is an issue that engages scholarly interest across the discipline including work on Climate Justice, Environmental Justice, Gendered Spaces of Injustice, Migrant and Refugee Spaces of Justice and Injustice, and a host of studies on Inequality and Fairness at both state and international levels. The new Professor will also give Geography a firm relationship with the developing research agenda at Maynooth University Social Science Institute where issues of fairness and water are interrogated by Dr Chandana Mathur and associates, while austerity and fairness are part of a research project of Dr Mary Murphy (in association with our former colleague Dr Rory Hearne, currently at TASC). Environmental change is a central concern of the Climate Change researchers organized within the Department as ICARUS, while a concern more broadly with the Anthropocene is one of the primary emphases of recent geographical scholarship (it was the chosen theme of the most recent conference of the Royal Geographical Society). Issues of Migration and Refugees are important to the work of Professor Mary Gilmartin, and urban justice is a research focus of Professor Karen Till’s work on Wounded Cities. The unfairness of health inequalities is important to the work of Professor Jan Rigby and Dr Ronan Foley. Geographies of Justice is a focus for a post that would energise applied research across Geography and into MUSSI as well as providing the basis for Geography to continue its contribution to public debate in Ireland.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • An outstanding record of research and scholarship, reflected in an excellent publication profile;
  • An outstanding academic record as a university teacher and an educational innovator;
  • The capacity to offer strong academic leadership within the department and across the University;
  • Demonstrated management and administrative skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • The ability to build effective relationships with a wide variety of internal and external colleagues.

For further details including full comprehensive job description, please see the Maynooth University vacancies page at

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