Postdoc: Building Legitimacy for Land Rights Advocacy – Radboud University, Netherlands

Radboud University
Study in:Netherlands
Deadline: 13 November 2017

Postdoc: Building Legitimacy for Land Rights Advocacy (1.0 FTE)

Faculty of Social Sciences
Maximum salary: € 4,757 gross/month
Vacancy number: 24.43.17
Application deadline: 13 November 2017


We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher for an approved research project.

The project covers a period of 18 months and examines the issue of specialisation across the different political roles that civil society organisations (CSOs) play. In particular, it aims to investigate whether it is desirable that individual CSOs opt for either cooperative or confrontational strategies and then complement each other in advocacy coalitions, or alternatively, whether there is a rationale to integrate these two roles within organisations. A key variable in answering this question is the perceived legitimacy of a CSO to advocate. Such legitimacy may be built through service delivery and the implementation or coordination of policies, as part of a cooperative role. It may also be compromised by co-optation when partnering too closely with governmental or private sector actors. How this balances out is an empirical question and will be tested among CSOs that advocate for fair and inclusive land deals in Kenya. Perceptions of legitimacy will be solicited from CSOs’ own constituencies as well as their advocacy targets, especially private investors. Identification of the degree of complementarity between roles relies on a comparison of CSOs with varying degrees of specialisation and different sources of legitimacy.

This project is a mutual undertaking of the department of Anthropology and Development Studies (Radboud University, Nijmegen) and the African Studies Centre (Leiden University) in cooperation with the Department of History, Political Science and Public Administration (Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya). These research collaborations were set up in response to a specific NWO call for proposals on scrutinising the Theory of Change of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ policy framework Dialogue and Dissent, and especially its underlying assumptions.

Work environment

The Faculty of Social Sciences is one of the largest faculties at Radboud University. The faculty’s ambition is to become one of the top social science institutes in Europe, providing high-quality research and study programmes that rank among the best in the Netherlands.

The Department of Anthropology and Development Studies is part of the Radboud Social Cultural Research Institute (RSCR), which brings together the disciplines of sociology, anthropology and development studies. RSCR’s overarching research theme focuses on three themes: inequality, cohesion and modernisation. The Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes in Anthropology and Development Studies are part of the curriculum of the School of Socio-Cultural Sciences.

What we expect from you

  • a PhD in a relevant discipline (e.g. development studies, international relations, social movement studies, anthropology, political sciences) and/or on a relevant subject (international development, civil society and NGOs, transnational advocacy);
  • you must be able to start at short notice (15 December 2017);
  • you are able to work independently and plan and organise your work within a tight timeframe;
  • you are a good team player;
  • you are interested, and preferably have experience, in linking research with development practice and policy;
  • good writing skills and experience with writing scientific articles;
  • good proficiency in English;
  • willingness to conduct field research in Kenya (experience in Kenya is a bonus).

What we have to offer

  • employment: 1.0 FTE;
  • a maximum gross monthly salary of € 4,757 based on a 38-hour working week (salary scale 11);
  • in addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • salary depends on qualifications and experience;
  • duration of the contract: a fixed-term contract for 18 months;
  • the opportunity to conduct field research in Kenya for at least six months;
  • you will be classified as a Researcher, Level 3 (Onderzoeker, niveau 3 ) in the Dutch university job-ranking system (UFO);
  • you will be able to make use of our Dual Career Service where our Dual Career Officer will assist with family related support, such as child care, and help the partner of the candidate prepare for the local labour market and with finding an occupation.

Are you interested in our excellent employment conditions?

Other Information

Start date is 15 December 2017.

Would you like to know more?

Further information on: Anthropology and Development Studies

For more information about this vacancy, please contact:
Prof. Dr. Marja Spierenburg
Telephone: + 31 24 361 57 86

Dr. Luuk van Kempen
Telephone: + 3124 361 11 40

Are you interested?

You should upload your application (attn. of prof. dr. Marja Spierenburg) exclusively using the button ‘Apply’ below. Your application should include (and be limited to) the following attachment(s):

  • Motivation letter
  • CV
  • At least one of your publications

Interviews will take place between mid-November and the end of November.

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