Postdoctoral fellow

Last application date
Jun 20, 2021 00:00
Department
TW01 - Department of Architecture and Urban Planning
Contract
Limited duration
Degree
PhD in the field of in Architecture, Urban Planning, Urban and/or Housing Governance, Urban Studies, Urban Sociology, Urban and/or Human Geography, Urban Anthropology, Social Sciences or equivalent.
Occupancy rate
50%
Vacancy type
Research staff

Job description

Function
The REFUFAM Consortium and CESSMIR (Centre for the Social Study of Migration and Refugees, UGent) are looking for a motivated postdoctoral coordinator/researcher to join an interdisciplinary project on refugee families.
The REFUFAM project studies the impact of Belgian asylum and integration policies on the well-being and integration trajectories of refugee families. As it aspires to move from policy gaps to policy innovations, the REFUFAM project examines how Belgium’s migration and integration policies can be reformed to better facilitate refugee families’ overall integration process.
REFUFAM consists of 3 pillars, each of which draws on different disciplinary perspectives: a legal-political pillar examines the institutional configuration of Belgian asylum and integration policies; a psycho-social pillar studies the mental well-being of refugees and their family members; and a socio-spatial pillar documents refugee families’ local integration trajectories of refugees. Through this interdisciplinary approach, REFUFAM seeks to gather scientific evidence on the impact of government policies and innovative support practices, on the well-being and integration trajectories of refugee families, as well as develop policy recommendations.
The REFUFAM Consortium includes supervisors from UGent (CESSMIR, Dep. of Social Work and Social Pedagogy, Dep. of Architecture and Urban Planning, Migration Law Research Group), Odisee University of Applied Science (Centre for Family Studies), and the Université Catholique de Louvain (Métrolab). REFUFAM is funded by the Belspo-BRAIN-be 2.0 research programme (Belgian Research Action through Interdisciplinary Networks).
As a postdoctoral researcher you will be working in the social-spatial pillar 3 which focuses on refugee families’ local integration trajectories of refugees. REFUFAM in particular focus on 3 ‘functional’ domains of integration: housing, education and work and in dialogue with the other members of the REFUFAM Consortium, you will be mainly responsible to study policy gaps and develop policy innovation in the field of housing.
The selected candidate will be embedded in the Dep. of Architecture and Urban Planning (Faculty of Engineering and Architecture), under the supervision of prof. Luce Beeckmans. Candidates selected for the second round, will be invited for an interview on 28 or 29 June.

Research context
The current vacancy is hosted within the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning (UGent). The Department of Architecture and Urban Planning at Ghent University aims to train young researchers and to carry out academic research, focusing on the design component of the architectural discipline, in the branches of knowledge of architecture, building technology and urban planning. At the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, research in urbanism, urban design and landscape is anchored on contemporary urban social and ecological questions. They touch upon cultural, historical, theoretical and policy aspects and focus on problem definition, analysis and design. This research project connects with new research at the intersection of the study of migration and urbanism recently developed at the urbanism group of the department under the supervision of Luce Beeckmans.

Job profile

Requirements:

  • You hold a PhD in the field of in Architecture, Urban Planning, Urban and/or Housing Governance, Urban Studies, Urban Sociology, Urban and/or Human Geography, Urban Anthropology, Social Sciences or equivalent;
  • You preferably have interdisciplinary experience and sensitivity for the topic of migrants' and refugees housing and home-making;
  • The candidate is willing to learn languages that might prove useful for the research and is capable and prepared to conduct intensive field and archival research in relevant contexts of investigation;
  • You are familiar with qualitative and quantitative research methods;
  • You have a track record of scientific publications and are interested to publish and co-publish in relevant international scholarly journals to effectively disseminate research results; 
  • The candidate is a good communicator and enjoys working in a team.

Recommendable:

  • You are able to communicate fluidly in Dutch, English and French;
  • You have experience in policy-oriented research processes, and/or in working towards societal impact through research;
  • You are familiar with and/or interested in the legal procedures and policies of integration and international protection, in particular housing and accommodation for refugees;
  • You are familiar with the social-spatial integration trajectories of immigrants;
  • You speak 1 or several languages that are relevant in the context of refugee families in Belgium.

General expectations:

  • You have excellent organizational and communicative skills;
  • You have excellent analytical and writing skills;
  • You can work both independently and in team;
  • You have an empathic, punctual and critical attitude;
  • You are willing to contribute to the educational and administrative tasks within the Department.

Our offer

  • You are part of an interdisciplinary, interinstitutional research project;
  • 50% employment as postdoctoral researcher;
  • Employment for a period of 2 years and 2 months;
  • Starting date on 1 November 2021;
  • Salary determined by UGent salary scales.

How to apply

Send the following documents before 20 June 2021 to prof. Luce Beeckmans (luce.beeckmans@ugent.be):
1. CV (including a list of publications and contact details of two references)
2. Motivation letter
3. An academic publication you (co-)authored
For more information on the vacany, please contact luce.beeckmans@ugent.be.