Lecturer (Teaching) in Social Anthropology

Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction

UCL, Gower Street, London, UK


  • Posted on: 27th Oct 2021
  • Salary: £45,610 - £53,757 per annum
  • REF: 1879908
  • Closes: 28th November 2021
  • 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 department, 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 department is hosted in the Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MAPS), 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. The IRDR works closely with the Department of Statisical Science, the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering and the Institute for Global Health. It has a leading role in the UCL Humanitarian Institute.

The IRDR has established the Cascading Disasters Research Group, the Centre for Gender and Disaster, Centre for digital Public Health in Emergencies, and the Conflict and Disaster Hub. In addition the IRDR is developing research around the themes disaster resilience, cascading risk, natural hazards, risk modelling, humanitarian crisis response, conflict and migration, and climate change risks and adaptation, , 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, mosquitoes population modelling for public health response, the Rohingya crisis, natural and climate hazards, hazard and uncertainty quantification and safer schools (with the Department of Civil Engineering).

The main purpose of the job is to carry out research, teaching and administration within the IRDR, especially in the areas of crisis and catastrophe modelling and to contribute to curriculum development and teaching on the new BSc Global Humanitarian Studies and the established MSc Risk and Disaster Science and MSc Risk, Disaster and Resilience.

This is an open ended academic position, available from 1 April 2022.

Key Requirements

The post holder should hold a PhD and have excellent interdisciplinary knowledge crisis and catastrophe modelling themes. They should have a track record of high quality research in at least one of disaster, humanitarian, conflict or risk quantification themes. They should have teaching experience and 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 Lecturer (Grade 8) level.

Further Details

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

To apply for this vacancy click on the Apply Now button below.

If you would like to have an informal discussion about the post, please contact Professor Peter Sammonds, p.sammonds@ucl.ac.uk.

If you have any queries about the application process or are unable to apply online, please contact the departmental manager on irdr-enquiries@ucl.ac.uk.

UCL Taking Action for Equality

We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

Closing Date

28 Nov 2021

Latest time for the submission of applications


Interview date

w/c 13 Dec 2021

This appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for Academic Staff.

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