Associate Professor in International Relations

Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction

UCL, Gower Street, London, UK


  • Posted on: 08th Nov 2021
  • Salary: £58,404 - £63,483 per annum
  • REF: 1879919
  • Closes: 09th January 2022
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time, Part Time

Duties and Responsibilities

The UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR) is an exciting cross-UCL Institute, which leads research, knowledge exchange and teaching in the fields of risk and disaster reduction and humanitarian action. By providing a focus for UCLs activities the IRDR, with its breadth of disciplinary emphasis, promotion of novel multidisciplinary research and translation into practice, aims to assume a role of leadership both in the UK and internationally.

The IRDR is an academic department in the Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences, but works across all UCLs faculties, spanning natural and social sciences, mathematics and statistics, engineering and development planning, global health, anthropology, the humanities, ethics and laws, and contributes to UCLs Grand Challenges. It has a leading role in the UCL Humanitarian Institute.

The IRDR has established the Cascading Crises Group, Centre for digital Global Health in Emergencies, Centre for Gender and Disaster and Conflict and Disaster Hub and is developing research around the themes of disaster risk reduction and resilience, cascading crises and catastrophe modelling, natural hazards, climate change risks and adaptation, humanitarian crisis response, law and economics, conflict and migration, digital health in emergencies, and gender responsive resilience, in order to integrate education, research, innovation and enterprise for the long-term benefit of humanity. The IRDR has received substantial research funding (8 million+) in areas such as gender responsive resilience, digital health, hazard and risk uncertainty modelling, and the Rohingya crisis.

The main purpose of the job is to carry out research, teaching and administration within the IRDR, especially in the areas of international relations in a humanitarian context, and to contribute to curriculum development and teaching on the new BSc Global Humanitarian Studies. This is an open-ended academic position, available from 1st April 2022.

Key Requirements

The post holder should hold a PhD in a relevant field. They should have a track record of high quality research especially in the areas of international relations in a humanitarian context. They should have the ability to deliver public presentations, as well as the ability to write clearly for a range of audiences.

They should be committed to high quality research, teaching, and fostering a positive learning environment for students. The appointment will be made at Associate Professor (Grade 9) level.

Further Details

A job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

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Closing Date

9 Jan 2022

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Interview date

w/c 24 Jan 2022

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