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Doctoral Research Associate Wissenschaftliche*r Mitarbeiter*in (salary level E 13 TV-L, 65%

on "Diverse economies: reimagining householding, livelihoods, and communities" at the earliest possible date. We are offering a fixed-term part-time position (65% FTE) for 3 years. Fulltime employees are required to teach 4 hours per week during the semester.

We are looking for a dynamic and inquisitive PhD researcher that contributes to the Economic Geography and Globalization Research working group’s research focus on "Reimagining the Economy". The goal of this project is to develop and conduct a qualitative research project that addresses how we can reconceptualize the economy as an “everyday economy” for and by humans, as well as from a more-than-human perspective. This PhD project should focus on the question: What kinds of traditional, new, alternative, and diverse economic practices exist, and how can these be used towards reconceptualizing the economy as an “everyday economy”? Further relevant questions, amongst others, include: How are these economic practices entangled with, and embedded within, local, regional, and global dynamics? What values and ideals inspire these economic practices? What visions and realities of rural futures are being envisioned and realized? What and how could these practices contribute to current planetary challenges of sustainability and survival?

The research will be a part of the working group in Economic Geography and Globalization Research at the Institute of Geography. We are looking for a team member that actively and critically supports the working group. This group seeks to tackle – in a collaborative and integrative way – questions in economic geography and globalization research from a critical, inter/post-disciplinary, and decolonial perspective. We focus on the following topics: the renegotiation of natural resources; food security/food sovereignty; global financial flows; new technologies; alternative futures specifically in rural areas; and have a larger interest in reimagining what the “economy” means and is. We address these topics with the objective to critically engage with the question how we, as global humanity, can sustain our future on this planet, and what kinds of new, old, diverse, and plural approaches we can tap into moving forward

Your tasks:

  • Develop an independent PhD project within the framework of the above project goals
  • Collect and analyze data for the project and present results to academic community (conferences, publications, etc.)
  • Support and contribute to the working group Economic Geography and Globalization Research, especially with regard to their research focus on "Reimagining the Economy"
  • Teach within the area of economic geography and globalization research (2.6 hours per week during semester at 65%) and participation in exams/grading
  • Active participation in the activities and responsibilities of the mid-level faculty of the Institute of Geography

Our requierements:

  • A graduate degree in the social sciences, preferably in the areas of human geography, sociocultural anthropology, global/area studies, or a related qualitative discipline (i.e., a German Diplom and/or master’s degree) is required.
  • Experience with qualitative social research methods is expected.
  • Strong research interests in the areas of economic geography/anthropology, diverse/plural economies, critical agrarian/agri-food studies; an interest in rural areas with a focus on the Mediterranean would be welcome.
  • Interest in and a willingness to work in a diverse, inter/post-disciplinary, and collaborative team is essential.
  • Command of languages (excellent English; sufficient German for the teaching and mid-level faculty responsibilities described above or a willingness to develop these within a timely manner; additional languages for conducting fieldwork within the research project).

The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in heterodox economic geography, as well as topics such as diverse economies; social, economic, and ecological justice; food sovereignty; degrowth; social movements; and societal change; and experience with qualitative and participatory methods

The University of Münster strongly supports equal opportunity and diversity. We welcome all applicants regardless of sex, nationality, ethnic or social background, religion or worldview, disability, age, sexual orientation or gender identity. We are committed to creating family-friendly working conditions. Part-time options are generally available.

We actively encourage applications by women. Women with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered unless these are outweighed by reasons which necessitate the selection of another candidate

For further information or questions please do not hesitate to contact: Prof Sarah Ruth Sippel [

To apply, please send the following documents (as a single PDF document) in English language:

• CV

• Summary of intended research project (1,500 words)

• Two letters of recommendation

• Copy of university degrees (original language is sufficient)

• Proof of language proficiency (if applicable)

• Writing sample (e.g., master’s thesis, publication; preferably in English)

• 2-3 paragraph statement on how your background, and inclusion within this project, will increase diversity within the academic community and the production of knowledge


Universität Münster

Fachbereich 14 – Geowissenschaften

Institut für Geographie

Ms Nadine Härtl


Kennziffer: 2024_06_21

We look forward to receiving your application by 15 August 2024

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