Postdoctoral Fellowship in Global Retail Capital and African Cities

University of Texas at Austin
Texas, United States
Salary Not specified
Jan 13, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Global Retail Capital and African Cities

College/School/Unit: College of Liberal Arts
Department: Geography and the Environment
Posted: Nov 12, 2020
Apply By: Open until filled


Dr Caroline Faria is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to work on an NSF-funded project: "Developing and displacing the 21st century city: mapping the spatial strategies and impacts of global retail investment”. The project uses feminist and postcolonial approaches to examine urban development in Kampala, Uganda with a focus on colonial and contemporary urban planning, luxury mall development and the livelihoods, perspectives and organizing efforts of women market traders. Experience with any/ some of the following research approaches are welcomed: qualitative methods, archival methods, performance studies, participatory mapping, GIS and/or creative geovisualization. Applicants should hold a PhD, and may be trained in Geography, Black Studies, African Studies, Urban Studies, Women's and Gender Studies or related fields.

The fellow should hold broadly intersecting research interests and will undertake field research with the team in Uganda for the first year of the program. In the second year, the fellow with join the UT Geography community in Austin, Texas as part of the Provost's Early Career Cohort Program. The fellow will be one of two such fellows to be housed in the department of Geography and the Environment, though they will join a wider cohort of fellows across the campus. See details here: The position integrates varied peer and faculty mentoring throughout the two-year period, including via the Feminist Geography Collective ( In this second year of the program, fellows will teach one upper division undergraduate course related to their interest, and serving the urban studies major. The fellowship includes the possibility of transition into a tenure-track assistant professor position in the Department of Geography and the Environment at UT-Austin (commencing 2023).

The positions funds salary, travel funds, and subsidized living costs in Uganda for year 1 of the fellowship. In year 2, when the fellow transitions to UT-Austin, the position funds these things along with fringe benefits, relocation funds, discretionary research funds and research-related support.

UT-Austin Early Career Fellowship Program

The fellowship is part of our new Provost's Early Career Fellowship Program at UT-Austin.

At UT Austin, we are committed to building a vibrant interdisciplinary community of scholars. If you are an early career researcher, postdoctoral fellow or graduating PhD student interested in pursuing an independent academic career, the UT Austin Provost's Early Career program could be ideal for you.

This training program is designed to allow you to develop and pursue research and teaching topics upon which you can build a future academic career. Join a broad community committed to fostering your independent career growth in research, teaching, and scholarship. The program will enable you to build a network of emerging scholars like yourself and benefit from the mentorship of top faculty in your field.

As a Provost's Early Career Fellow, you will join an energetic community of other incoming fellows training in different departments across the university. In the Department of Geography and the Environment, we have designed a two-year program where two postdoctoral fellows will be mentored in all the different dimensions that make an assistant tenure- track professor successful.

During year 1, you will be based in Kampala, Uganda. You will participate virtually in UT Geography research group orientations, guest speaker-sessions, the National Center for Development and Diversity success program, and faculty-fellow mentoring on article publication, grant writing and other areas of academic preparation within the department. You will work with an assigned mentor in a related unit on campus (e.g. African and African Diaspora Studies, Mexican American and Latinx Studies, Center for Women's and Gender Studies). In year 1 you will workshop an article/ manuscript/ body of work with 1-2 pre-eminent scholars in their field. In year 2, you will transition to UT-Austin. You will teach 1 upper-division undergraduate course in urban studies/ sustainability studies major and receive mentorship on preparing for, and succeeding on, the academic job market. Throughout the duration of the program, you will also participate in university-wide training provided by the Provost's Office to further develop the skills to build a unique research and teaching portfolio.

Position start date - August 21, 2021


PhD by start date in Geography or related field.

Application Instructions

Review begins December 15th. Application materials requested: To apply, please submit 1) Cover letter expressing interest and fit for our department 2) CV 3) a research statement 4) a teaching statement and 5) a statement on your contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion 6) the email and telephone contact details of three referees. For more details, please contact Dr. Caroline Faria - (Department of Geography and the Environment) and/or Dr. Lydia Contreras - (Provost Office).

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