We are seeking to appoint two candidates with an established internationally excellent research profile as Professor of Economics (Chair) to play a key role in: (i) producing high quality research outputs through a well-planned and consistently maintained programme of personal research, (ii) creating a significant potential for collaboration with other academic areas in the department through research leadership, (iii) inspiring/supporting the performance of colleagues as a research mentor, and (iv) delivering high quality and student-centred education in our core UG/PGT/PGR courses by contributing to teaching excellence, development of economics curricula, research supervision, student support and tutoring activities. The post holder will contribute significantly to the delivery of Departmental/School strategies and participate in administrative and academic management tasks as required.
While we welcome strong applications in any field of economics, preference will be given to candidates who can substantially contribute to the Faculty's thrust areas of business and social challenges that impact us all, thereby contributing to its research activities and the department's preparation for the next REF cycle. The ideal candidate should demonstrate the ability and experience to set up and co-lead a research group in the department in line with the Faculty's research priorities; working alongside and in collaboration with existing research staff in the wider Faculty, the appointed person will contribute to the development of the intellectual, creative and innovative portfolio of research and enterprise activities of that group and in turn contribute to the reputation of the Faculty's existing research centres and research groups. The appointees will be expected to fully engage in the ongoing development of the department's research profile.
The applicant will have a PhD in Economics (or relevant subject), a distinguished record of international research published in high quality journals, and a proven track record of research grant capture, managing external research grants and research impact. The appointed persons will be required to make a significant contribution to the research profile of the Department, School and Faculty through their personal research (peer review publication, research grant income and impact) as well through research leadership/mentoring. They will also be committed in delivering a rewarding and stimulating experience to our students through excellent pedagogy, research supervision, teaching innovation and curriculum development. They will be expected to contribute fully to the life and work of the Department, School and Faculty.
The Faculty of Business and Social Sciences
Economics is one of the four departments in the School of Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences, which together with Kingston Business School, forms the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences. Driven by a forward-thinking approach, the Faculty is dynamic, innovative and ambitious, with approximately 4000 students and 100 staff. It focuses on global problems by fostering multi-disciplinary research on business and social challenges that impact us all. Along with housing several research groups, the Faculty is home to the renowned Centre for Research in Communities, Identities and Difference (CResCID) and the globally recognised Small Business Research Centre (SBRC).
Together, the two Schools in the Faculty strive to nurture socially responsible, well-informed and actively engaged members of society who graduate as adaptable, ambitious and solutions-focused professionals. Practical experience and real-life learning are at the heart of our degrees. Our graduates are trained to be equipped with the skills to manage and navigate a world that needs employees to be digitally skilled and to have highly developed people management skills, emotional intelligence as well as an innovative, entrepreneurial drive.
The School of Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences and the Department of Economics
The School of Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences has an active research culture, reflected in a strong track record of attracting research funding; it has been awarded approximately £0.5m in external funding over the last 18 months. It currently hosts around 80 PhD students, 10 of them currently in Economics. Each department comprises a number of sub-disciplinary research groups; in Economics, these include the Political Economy Research Group (PERG) and the Applied Economics Research Group. The department has a track record of excellent inter-disciplinary research on broad thematic areas of development, political economy, financial economics and applied economics and econometrics, and has previously won grants from the Institute for New Economic Thinking, ILO and GCRF. It has a regular research seminar series and has hosted academic workshops/conferences on areas of economic development and economic crises as part of ongoing and completed research projects. The department also emphasises on working across disciplinary boundaries through CResCID and SBRC. The department is reputed for its emphasis on a pluralist approach to economics and comprises of staff with both mainstream and heterodox expertise in economics who work in collaboration with each other.
The department offers UG-degrees in Economics, Business Economics and Financial Economics and boasts of providing excellent learning experience and student satisfaction as reflected in the 2020 NSS, with 100% overall satisfaction for its flagship Economics course. It has also offered a range of well-established PG programs in Financial Economics, Development and International-Economics and International Politics and Economics, and is currently embarked on developing a portfolio of new and employability/placement focused and commercially attractive PGT courses as part of its wider internationalisation drive. The appointed person will be expected to significantly contribute to the development, launch and marketisation of these new courses.
This is a full-time permanent role with a starting salary at a Professorial scale.
Kingston University values the diversity of its student and staff body. We are committed to providing a fully inclusive environment to ensure consistent and holistic support for our whole community, including staff, students and visitors. We recognise our duty under the Equality Act 2010 to prevent discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations between different people when carrying out their activities. Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required, this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.
Closing date: 7th November
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