Reader / Professor in Human Geography

University of Glasgow

United Kingdom


The School of Geographical and Earth Sciences seeks to appoint a Reader / Professor in the area of Human Geography who will complement and extend the current thematic priorities of the Human Geography Research Group and lead activities across the school. The appointee with be expected to engage in high-quality research, actively contribute to teaching, and undertake relevant administration within the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences. 

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 seeking to appoint at Reader or Professorial level, with the expectation that the post-holder will provide academic and strategic leadership in Human Geography and across the School. 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 provide leadership with respect to research in and from 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) but should have an ability and desire to collaborate with colleagues in the Earth Systems Research Group (ESRG). The HGRG has a current academic staff complement of 11, working closely alongside postdoctoral and postgraduate students. HGRG staff also contribute fully to the undergraduate Geography programme, in collaboration with Physical Geography and Earth Science 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. It is informed by 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: At scales ranging from the personal to the planetary, our research investigates how worlds are differently made, imagined, transformed, degraded or destroyed. Drawing on geography’s humanities tradition, and generating new trans-disciplinary research agendas, this theme is grounded in archival inquiry, is experimental and creative in conduct, and engages with diverse communities and audiences.
Stressed Environments and Communities: This theme examines how environments and communities become stressed, and with what emotional, ecological and earthly consequences. 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.

The ESRG has 25 academic staff, and its research is also organised into three themes; Life and its interactions with dynamic environments; Global landscapes and climate change; and Dynamic Earth and planetary evolution. These themes focus on i) understanding how critical thresholds in changing environments affect fundamental interactions with the atmosphere and hydrosphere on land and in aqueous systems; ii) quantitative understanding of Earth and planetary materials to elucidate mechanisms, drivers, and timescales of dynamic processes within our Solar System; and iii) understanding and modelling how Earth’s surface evolves spatially and temporally through interactions with the atmosphere, biosphere, and hydrosphere to influence processes that sustain life.

Informal enquiries regarding the position can be made to Professor Martin Lee (, Head of School) 
Job Purpose
Provide outstanding academic leadership and further enhance the School’s international profile in Human Geography and cognate fields through research portfolio and research-led education. 

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Perform the following range of activities:

1. Provide outstanding academic leadership, strategic vision, and direction in research and teaching within Human Geography and reaching across to Earth Systems research and other disciplinary fields). 

2. Lead and sustain research of international standing in Human Geography, setting the research direction to enhance the field. Enable this by leading research projects/collaborations, attaining substantial funding, developing long-term growth strategies, and generating KE and impact.

3. Publish high quality research papers, present invited talks at leading national and international conferences/symposia, and secure a world class portfolio of outputs. 

4. Take a leading role in curriculum development and its continuous improvement, ensuring a research-led approach to student learning.

5. Undertake teaching, supervision and assessment within Human Geography. Provide effective academic leadership to staff and students through mentorship and research collaboration.

6. Engage in external academic activities to advance personal esteem, professional development, and national/international recognition and reputation of the School/University. 

7. Develop research collaborations with international research groups to create new research opportunities and support the University’s strategy for internationalisation.

8. Develop and implement School strategy in inter-disciplinary research and teaching. 

9. Contribute significantly to leadership, management and administrative responsibilities.

10. Engage in personal, professional and career development.

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

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience


A1 PhD in related discipline and membership of a professional body where appropriate e.g., Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers; Royal Scottish Geographical Society..
A2 Internationally established track record, reputation and distinction in research and scholarship within Human Geography, particularly with respect to one of more of the HGRG’s three research themes.
A3 Extensive breadth and depth of knowledge in the broad fields of Human Geography and cognate disciplines.
A4 Substantial track record of leading and delivering high quality and innovative University teaching, including assessment and curriculum development.


C1 Drive, ambition and vision to lead a research activity/group/collaboration through strategic and operational leadership.
C2 Ability to secure research funding portfolio in a competitive and challenge-oriented environment.
C3 Ability to develop courses, lead curriculum development, and teach in the specialist and wider disciplines of the School
C4 Ability to provide effective leadership, people management and mentoring of staff, students and teams.
C5 Outstanding communication, interpersonal and presentation skills with ability to work effectively and collegiately.
C6 Ability to recognise and leverage opportunities, particularly in a cross-disciplinary environment.


E1 Sustained record of high-quality publications in leading international journals or equivalent.
E2 Sustained record of gaining and managing a significant portfolio of research grant funding. 
E3 Extensive experience of a reflective approach to teaching and assessment in Human Geography.
E4 Significant experience of mentoring staff, teaching and supervising students. 
E5 Excellent record of academic, research, and organisational leadership.
E6 Strong track record in contributing to scientific/learned societies and equivalent fora.

Job Features

For Reader: 
Sustained record of scholarly output over career to date which includes at least four outputs in the most recent 6-year period.

At least two of these outputs should meet the REF criteria for 4* Sustained research income over several years in excess of the Russell Group median for the discipline Sustained PGR supervision over several years in excess of the Russell Group median for the discipline.

Standard Terms & Conditions

For Reader the salary will be on the Research and Teaching Grade level 9 : £51,630 - £58,089

The salary at Professorial level will be negotiable.

This is a full time, open ended post.

The successful applicant of this post will be enrolled onto the University’s Early Career Development Programme (ECDP). This will provide for you as an early career academic staff member to be developed and supported over a specified timeframe to facilitate the advancement of your academic career. 

Information on the programme can be found on our website at: 

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