Senior Research Associate in Global Political Ecology / Associate Director, Urban Theory Lab


The University of Chicago’s Urban Theory Lab (UTL) seeks to develop frameworks of critical spatial knowledge that illuminate the dynamics of planetary urbanization, with particular reference to the territorial, infrastructural and ecological preconditions and consequences of city-building under modern capitalism.  The Associate Director will be a key member of the UTL senior research team who works closely with the faculty Director to advance the Lab’s research programs and pedagogical initiatives, and to implement a comprehensive, long-term research strategy.  In collaboration with the faculty Director, the Associate Director will develop and conduct a program of original research on topics related to the Lab’s agendas; lead our work in spatial data design and geospatial visualization; help secure and implement funded research; contribute to our pedagogical initiatives, including through teaching; and contribute to the planning of conferences, colloquia and exhibitions. 


The position requires a Ph.D. in any field related to the UTL’s research agenda; a strong record of early-career scholarly publication; demonstrated expertise in the major traditions of critical urban theory, urban social science, global environmental studies and political ecology; advanced technical capacity in the assembly, critical analysis and creative representation of geospatial data; and a record of previous engagement with the UTL’s core research concerns. Applications must be submitted through the University of Chicago’s Interfolio website at To apply, applicants should submit a brief cover letter outlining qualifications; a current CV; up to three writing samples; a small portfolio of relevant visual work; and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin on October 30, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled or the search has ended.


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