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PhD Vacancy: Affective Geographies of Tourism in Places of Turmoil, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

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  • Dorina Maria Buda
    *** With the usual apologies for cross-posting*** Dear Colleagues, For those interested in Geographies of Tourism we have a paid PhD position available at the
    Message 1 of 1 , May 22, 2014
      *** With the usual apologies for cross-posting***

      Dear Colleagues,

      For those interested in Geographies of Tourism we have a paid PhD position available at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen in the Netherlands focusing on affective and emotional tourist performances in places and times of turmoil. The position is full-time, for four years, starting September 2014 and the deadline for applications is 26 May 2014. For more information and to apply go to http://www.rug.nl/about-us/work-with-us/job-opportunities/overview?details=00347-0000005616  
      Feel free to circulate the call in your networks!

      Best Wishes from Groningen,

      Dr. Dorina Maria Buda

      Assistant Professor & Rosalind Franklin Fellow
      Department of Cultural Geography
      Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen
      PO Box 800, 9700 AV Groningen, The Netherlands

      Phone:      +31 (0) 50 363 3877
      E-mail:      d.m.buda@...
      Website:    http://www.rug.nl/staff/d.m.buda/

      Recent Publication: Feeling and Tourism Studies


      PhD position Affective Geographies of Tourism in Places of Turmoil (1,0 fte) (214151)


      Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 28,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

      Job description

      The complete title of this PhD position is 'Affective and Emotional Geographies of Tourism in Times and Places of Turmoil.' Doctoral scholarship for this project is available to highly capable and enthusiastic candidates from all over the world willing to develop original theoretical and empirical tools to examine, innovate and extend critical, emotional, affective and visceral understandings of spatial and societal transformations through tourism in places and times of socio-political turmoil. Such explorations are needed to deepen our understandings of society and to inform the development of social policy based on the promotion of inclusive societies that value peace and wellbeing, and accept diversity and difference.

      The candidate's research is expected to be innovative and interdisciplinary, aiming at an in-depth, critical analysis combining theoretical and empirical research work. We invite innovative research proposals examining tourism aspects in places and times of socio-political turmoil. The research project is expected to take the form of single or multi-sited ethnographies, potentially including a significant element of fieldwork-based data collection. The candidate should be well versed in employing qualitative methods such as in-depth, semi-structured interviews, focus groups, commissioned diaries and the like. The project could include a diverse range of case studies connected to places in turmoil in different parts of the world. The current instabilities manifesting across the world provide considerable scope for tourism research in times of turmoil.

      Research environment
      Dr Dorina Maria Buda, Rosalind Franklin Fellow, will be the main supervisor to the project. The likely promoter will be Prof. Frank Vanclay. This PhD position is made available through the Rosalind Franklin Fellowship Scheme at the University of Groningen:

      The PhD candidate will work at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences, Department of Cultural Geography, research cluster of Place, Identity and Wellbeing. The position is full-time and available per 1 September 2014.

      The Faculty of Spatial Sciences
      Information regarding the Faculty Research Mission and the various research clusters and departments within the Faculty of Spatial Sciences is available from:

      Information about our Department of Cultural Geography is available from:


      The successful candidate will have previous research experience in geography and tourism, be in excellent command of the English language (oral and written) and possess excellent communication skills (indicated by the ability to write scientific papers and deliver presentations). Successful candidates are expected to demonstrate a strong interest in the research topic. Suitable candidates should have a Masters degree in tourism, geography or a field related to the topic. The candidate should also be proficient in employing qualitative research methods.

      • excellent study results and CV
      • good writing skills and fluency in English; (if English is not your first language you may need to provide evidence of English language proficiency in form of IELTS or TOEFL scores)
      • preferably experience in academic writing
      • strong conceptual thinking with the desire and capacity to relate theoretical topics to applied challenges and solutions
      • strong motivation, good communicative skills, proactive and independent work.

      We are looking for the following competences in the PhD candidate:

      • conceptual capacity & abstract reasoning
      • communicative skills (presenting)
      • planning & organizing
      • drive & enthusiasm.

      Conditions of employment

      The University of Groningen offers a salary of € 2,083 (salary scale PhD students Dutch Universities) gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 2,664 gross per month in the final year, based on a full time position.The conditions of employment comply with the Collective Labour Agreement for the Dutch Universities. The appointment of the PhD researcher is with the Faculty of Spatial Sciences at the University of Groningen. As such the PhD researcher will be admitted to the Graduate School of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences. The position requires residence in Groningen and must result in a PhD thesis within the 4-year contract period. A PhD training program is part of the agreement and the successful candidate will be enrolled in the Graduate School of Spatial Sciences. The successful candidate will first be offered a temporary position of one year with the option of renewal for another three years. Extension of the contract is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year to indicate that a successful completion of the PhD thesis within the next three years is to be expected.

      Teaching - As an employed PhD candidate, you will spend 15% of your time on educational tasks.

      Application - As an applicant, you are requested to submit:

      • your curriculum vitae (including a list of publications if any)
      • letter of motivation (about two A4 pages)
      • brief proposal, including project title, five keywords, research questions and objectives, brief literature review, methodology, case-study research work, expected outcomes, working plan, references (up to 2000 words in total)
      • names of two people who can be contacted for a letter of recommendation.

      An English writing test may be part of the selection procedure. Candidates whose first language is English or have studied fulltime at university level in English for two years or more may ask to have the English language requirements waived.

      You may apply for this position before 26 May 2014 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on theuniversity's website).

      Acquisition is not appreciated.


      For information you can contact:

      Dr Dorina Maria Buda, d.m.buda@...

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