Postdoc Position in the field of ‘Urban Commons’ Amsterdam (Full-Time)

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, University of Amsterdam’s Centre for Urban Studies is inviting applications for a postdoctoral research fellow in the field of the Urban Commons.

This position is aimed at researching the threats and opportunities that major socio-cultural, economic, political, environmental, and technological changes pose to the maintenance and enhancement of the urban commons. Strengthening ‘the urban commons’ is seen by many scholars and activists as a crucial means of achieving more sustainable use of environmental resources, and a more equitable future for human and more than human habitats and settlements. However, transformations in the economic, social, cultural, and political spheres shape dramatically new conditions for the viability of the urban commons.


The Centre for Urban Studies Postdoctoral Fellow will research the threats and opportunities that major socio-cultural, economic, political, environmental, and technological changes pose to the maintenance and enhancement of the urban commons.

The postdoctoral researcher will perform the following task:

  • live and work in Amsterdam;
  • assist in strengthening an Urban Commons agenda for the Centre for Urban Studies;
  • develop research proposals for national and international collaboration through national (Dutch) and international funding bodies; these external funding applications for long-term research projects will fit in the Centre for Urban Studies’ members’ commons research agenda;
  • research and develop academic scholarship on the urban commons and publish relevant scholarly articles in international peer-reviewed journals;
  • network with local, national, and international stakeholders and actors to develop impactful research paths strongly connected to societal developments;
  • organize an international conference and a summer/winter school on the Urban Commons.
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Starting date: April-June 2021
  • A salary range of €3,746-€5,127 gross per month based on a full-time employment
  • A generous holiday scheme and year-end bonus, including
  • excellent opportunities for study and development.
Job Requirements

Candidates for this position must meet the following requirement

  • a doctoral degree (awarded) in a relevant discipline (e.g. urban studies, geography, planning, sociology, political science, anthropology, international development studies, or another relevant cognate field). demonstrable ability in developing and conducting high-quality research in the field of the commons;
  • demonstrable ability to publish in international peer-reviewed journals;
  • good and up to date knowledge of academic literature and national and international socio-cultural and economic commoning practices;
  • the ability to contribute to further developing the field through scholarly publications and participation in national and international research networks;
  • demonstrated ability to work in interdisciplinary environments and network at a national and international level;
  • proven ability to prepare applications for external funding for long term research projects (whether these have been successful or not) to fit the Centre for Urban Studies commons agenda;
  • excellent command of the English language.
Application Process

Interested applicants should include the following documents In their applications:

  • an up to date academic CV;
  • a motivation letter;
  • a list of publications, with a clear indication of publishing state (e.g. submitted, under review, published, in print); no ‘forthcoming’ indications please;
  • one pdf of a publication, preferably a single-authored publication;
  • a list of funding applications pursued in the past and your specific role in these (e.g. coordinator, research assistant, etc.).
Application Deadline: January 25, 2021.

For more information and application, visit the official site.

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