Ph.D. in Political Representation and Diversity (The Netherlands) Deadline: May 24, 2019

University of Amsterdam

Application Deadline

May 24, 2019

Program Commencement

September 01, 2019

Duration of the Program

3.5 Years

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Program Details

The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is a public university located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.  The University is consistently ranked among the world’s best universities in global rankings. It is a top 100 university in the THE Rankings, QS Rankings and Leiden Ranking.

The Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam invites applications for a 3.5 year PhD position. The position is part of the research project ‘Misrepresenting Diversity? How personal identities clash with ethnic pigeonholing in politics’, led by Dr Liza Mügge and funded by the Dutch National Science Organisation (NWO). This PhD project is co-funded by the Germany Institute Amsterdam (DIA).

The PhD candidate will focus on minority citizens’ collective experience and expectations of representation in the Dutch, French and German parliaments. The aim is to reveal the bottom-up experience of representation of ethnic minority groups and how this is mediated by their personal characteristics and identity. It asks: How do minority citizens collectively assess group representation? How do they define relevant groups in representational politics? The findings will show whether, and if so how, citizens believe that direct representation by politicians who are ‘like them’ matters.

It will use focus groups to study collective expectations that emerge out of participant discussions. Focus groups will be held in the capital city neighbourhoods with a high concentration of minority citizens. The project will establish how citizens delimit politically relevant groups and identities. How much does it matter to have an MP who ‘looks like them’? And why (not)? How do they evaluate sitting MPs? What would representation ideally look like according to them?

The successful candidate will be expected to have a high level of competence and motivation to undertake the following tasks:

  • complete a PhD thesis within the official appointment duration;
  • develop and coordinate focus group interviews in three cities;
  • contribute (both as sole author and as co-author) to writing research papers to be submitted to academic journals;
  • regularly present intermediate research results at the UvA and at international workshops and conferences;
  • contribute to the organisation of research activities and events of the project, such as conferences, workshops and joint publications;
  • participate in the AISSR and DIA PhD program, including attendance of courses.

Eligibility/ Requirements

To be eligible for the position, the applicant must

  • have obtained a (research) master’s degree in a field relevant to the theme of the research;
  • be a person with initiative, excellent communication skills, the ability to work independently as well as in a team and move easily between international contexts;
  • have well-developed analytical skills as well as creativity and perseverance;
  • possess good academic writing and presentation skills;
  • demonstrate a strong interest in the topic of this PhD project;
  • be familiar with (some of the) academic literatures relevant to the project;
  • have excellent qualitative methodological skills, particularly focus group interviews, or are willing and able to acquire these skills;
  • have proven organizational skills to train and lead a team with student assistants;
  • be able to collaborate in a team with mixed method and/or quantitative scholars;
  • be able to communicate effectively in English both orally and in writing;
  • ideally have basic knowledge of one other language than English (e.g. German, French, Arabic, Turkish);
  • have a strong interest in pursuing an academic career.

Application Process

If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Dr Liza MüggeTel: +31 (0) 20 525 2173 

Apply online using this link

Applications should comprise the following materials:

  • a letter of motivation;
  • a full CV, including official grade transcripts and a copy of the relevant diplomas;
  • two letters of reference;
  • a statement of how the candidate would envision investigating the issues laid out above (1,000 words max). Contact the project leader for a complete description of the project.

These should be sent electronically in one document, preferably as a pdf-file.

The deadline for applications is 24 May 2019. Interviews will take place in June 2019.

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