Lecturer in Human Geography

University of Glasgow

United Kingdom


The University of Glasgow, established in 1451, is a member of the UK's Russell Group of leading universities. The University is committed to enhancing its position as one of the world's great broad-based research-intensive universities.

Applications for the post are welcome in any research areas in Human Geography that complement the existing strengths within the School. The post-holder will develop, lead and sustain research of international standard in Human Geography, contribute to teaching, assessment, project supervision and curriculum design at undergraduate and postgraduate levels; and participate in School management and organisation. 
The School has an international reputation in Human Geography and wants to expand its research and teaching in relation to one or more of the three research themes identified below. We are looking to make a lecturer level appointment in Human Geography. We want discipline-bridging applicants who adopt critical and scholarly approaches to their research inquiries, who contribute to and expand upon the School’s current portfolio of supervising, learning and teaching, and who create impacts from their research beyond the academy. A readiness to conduct research in or of relevance to the Global South would also be welcome but is not essential. A readiness to engage with the School’s equality and diversity agenda is essential.

The successful applicant will be a member of the Human Geography Research Group (HGRG). The HGRG has a current academic staff complement of 11, working closely alongside postdoctoral researchers, postgraduate research students and students on the taught Masters (MRes) in Human Geography (and in future on a second taught Masters (MSc) in Global Futures). HGRG staff also contribute fully to the undergraduate Geography programme, in collaboration with Physical Geography colleagues, through lecturing, tutoring, fieldclasses and other forms of learning and teaching.

HGRG’s research is organised around three themes. We expect applicants’ own interests and expertise to fit with one or more of these themes.

Spatial Politics and Practices: This theme unpacks the dynamic relations between space and politics in both the global North and South, in the past and in the present. This work is informed by a range of approaches, including postcolonial theory, critical theory, subaltern studies, feminist thought, histories from below, and post-foundational work on the political. We are committed to approaches that foreground diverse forms of political imaginations and agencies and the opening of subaltern spaces of and for politics.

Creative Geohumanities: Drawing on geography’s humanities tradition, and generating new trans-disciplinary research agendas, this theme is grounded in archival inquiry, experimental and creative in conduct, and engages with diverse communities and audiences. A wide range of modes and methodologies for practice-led inquiry are employed, including site-specific studies, therapeutic interventions, place-making, audio-drifts, film-making, visual art, broadcasting, object-handling, storytelling and story-mapping. At scales ranging from the personal to the planetary, our research investigates how worlds are differently made, imagined, transformed, degraded or destroyed.
Stressed Environments and Communities: This theme examines how environments and communities become stressed, and with what emotional, ecological and earthly consequences. Stress is a common term in ecosystem and human health, referring to physical or mental pressure, strain or tension exerted upon an individual or environment, encompassing a range of climatic, geochemical, biological, economic and social stressors. We are concerned not only with contemporary threats posed to skies and seas, infrastructures and architectures, land and life, but with how a shared burden of responsibility can produce socio-spatial conditions for coping, caring and campaigning.

Job Purpose
To carry out research and scholarship in Human Geography deliver an excellent student experience through teaching and assessment, and contribute to management and administration. At Grade 8, demonstrate leadership and contribute to academic and strategic management.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Perform the following range of activities:

1. Develop, lead and sustain personal and group research aligned appropriately to School/College research strategy. 

2. Enhance your research profile, reputation and esteem through:
- Establishing and sustaining a track record of independent and joint publications of international quality in high quality refereed journals, generating research impact in terms of economic/societal benefit;
- Presentation at international and national conferences and at internal/external seminars, colloquia and workshops;
- Identification of potential funding sources and the development of proposals to secure funding from internal/external bodies to support future research;
- Developing and maintaining collaborations with colleagues across the School/College/University and external Academic and Industrial Partners;
- Contribution to team/group meetings/seminars/workshops and activities to enhance the wider knowledge, outputs and culture of the School/College.

3. Contribute to the planning, organisation and delivery of high quality teaching, supervision and assessment activities across under/post-graduate programmes within the Subject/School.

4. Contribute to the on-going development and design of under/post-graduate curricula, to ensure a research-led approach to student learning and assessment in the discipline and/or profession.

5. Manage a variety of academic administrative activities, including timely delivery of effective and constructive feedback on assessment, and provision of pastoral support.

6. Contribute to the management and organisational duties of the School, as assigned by the Head of School.

7. Engage in personal, professional and career development.

8. Contribute to the enhancement of the University’s international profile in line with the University’s Strategic Plan - Inspiring People – Changing the World.

For appointment at grade 8: Demonstrate enhanced leadership, academic responsibility and strategic management, particularly through internationally leading research, outputs and funding. 

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

A1 Relevant PhD or equivalent experience within Human Geography or cognate disciplines 
A2 Significant breadth/depth of knowledge in Human Geography and cognate disciplines 
A3 A growing international reputation, evidenced by esteem indicators, in a field that matches or enhances existing activities within the Human Geography Research Group (HGRG) of the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences.


C1 Ability, drive and influence to develop an international research profile
C2 Research creativity and strong cross-discipline collaborative ability as appropriate
C3 Excellent communication skills, with ability to communicate complex data/concepts clearly and concisely
C4 Excellent interpersonal skills and a collegiate approach
C5 Appropriate workload/time/project/budget/people management skills
C6 Extensive IT and data analysis/interpretation skills 
C7 Good team leadership skills including demonstrable supervisory skills
C8 A strong commitment to high quality, research led, student orientated teaching and proven ability to engage students to inspire learning, and to provide pastoral care to students 

For appointment at Grade 8
C9 Excellent leadership skills, able to develop early career academic colleagues and manage a research team
C10 Excellent influencing and collaboration skills to facilitate shaping the research agenda of the academic community and funders
C11 Exceptional commitment to high quality teaching, enthusing students and inspiring learning 

E1 Sufficient depth of relevant research experience including postdoctoral experience, appropriate to an early career researcher
E2 Evidence of a track record of presentations and publications 
E3 Experience in undertaking independent research and contributing to successful funding applications
E4 Excellent track record of development and delivery of teaching at undergraduate or postgraduate level

For appointment at Grade 8:
E5 Strong track record of undertaking research, publishing in high impact journals at national and international level, and in attracting external research funding
E6 Excellent track record of contribution to academic and administration activities in a research led institution

Job Features

Typical Performance Standard:
For Lecturer:
Design and lecture on equivalent of 30 credits in undergraduate or postgraduate programmes; carry normal project supervision load.
Two 3* or more REF quality papers per annum (portfolio with minimum of four 3* papers in most recent 6 year period), with the potential that one or more could meet the 4* REF criteria Apply for external research funding on average twice per year PGR supervision equal to Russell Group median Consistently hold a portfolio of funding as PI sufficient to support at least one PDRA.

The School of Geographical and Earth Sciences (GES) is one of seven schools in the College of Science and Engineering. GES has 35 FTE academic staff, 16 FTE professional staff and ~600 FTE students. It delivers three undergraduate programmes (Earth Science, Geology, Geography) and six taught postgraduate programmes. Research is organised into two groups, Earth Systems (ESRG) and Human Geography (HGRG), and a graduate school with ~50 FTE MSc and PhD students. GES has close links with the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC), the School of Interdisciplinary Studies in Dumfries, and academics throughout the University’s Colleges of Arts and Social Sciences (with whom grant funding and PGR supervision occurs). GES made two submissions to REF2014, one from ESRG plus SUERC, and the other from the HGRG, both of which were highly rated. Our commitment to equality and diversity has been recognised by the award of Athena SWAN silver.

For informal enquires please contact the Head of School Professor Martin Lee (Martin.Lee@Glasgow.ac.uk).

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