Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy
06 June 2019


Postdoctoral Researcher on Sub-national dynamics in India’s mining sector

Applications for one postdoctoral researcher position are open at the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy, with support from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). The successful applicant will work for the project “Extracting Voice: the subnational law and politics of relationships between mining companies and affected communities in India”.

The project will ethnographically explore the dynamics of sub-national politics in the mining sector in India, and their effects on socially and ecologically sustainable decentralized mining governance. This is a good opportunity for researchers interested in natural resource governance, democracy, legal pluralism, local political participation, law or public policy, and global governance.

The Postdoctoral Researcher is expected to take charge of the following tasks: 

  • Lead several case studies for the project including conducting desk research, and gathering and analyzing qualitative data, including ethnographic fieldwork and interviews with key informants;

  • Contribute to conducting cross-case analysis, co-authoring publications, disseminating research results to academic and policy/practitioner audiences, and collaborating with other researchers on the project.

The candidate’s profile includes the following elements:

  • PhD. in anthropology/sociology, law, public policy, international relations/political science, or other relevant field (or expected by mid-October 2019);

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;

  • The ideal candidate will have demonstrated knowledge of the natural resources sector in India, as reflected in previous coursework, research, publications, public presentations, etc.;

  • S/he will also have demonstrated effectiveness in qualitative field methods;

  • Experience of ethnographic fieldwork, particularly in rural Indian settings, is an asset, as is experience using qualitative data-analysis software (e.g. Nvivo, Atlas.ti);

  • Fluency in English and competence in Hindi is essential. Competence in other major Indian languages is an asset.

More information and link to application page:

Application deadline: 01 July 2019

Picture: Flickr - CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 - Sand mining on the banks of Tapti