IIHS seeks Post-Doctoral Fellows to join its vibrant intellectual environment within the Academics and Research programme. IIHS is increasingly recognized in India and internationally as a significant node in urban research and practice on the global South. Its promotion of inter-disciplinary pedagogy, on-the-ground learning, an excellent library on various aspects of the urban, and a convivial place for research make it an ideal location for scholarship.

Post-Doctoral fellowships at IIHS typically have one or two-year terms, and some may be extendable. While Fellows are hired institutionally at IIHS, each is hired into a specific and on-going research-based project, which will be the Fellow’s first home within IIHS.

Project-related research will account for up to half of the Fellow’s time, though this can vary for different projects. The remaining time is equally split between the Fellow’s own research and writing as well as their participation in IIHS institutional roles. These roles include: teaching in on-going academic or capacity building programmes, participating in the internal conference and seminar series, and supporting institutional processes.

This call is associated with the PEAK (Prediction and projection, Emergent urbanism, Adopted knowledge, Knowledge exchange) consortium, funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), UK.

Post-Doctoral Fellow in Urban Infrastructure and Governance
The position seeks a person whose research interests broadly align with issues of urban and regional infrastructure planning and governance. We are particularly interested in candidates whose work engages with the development of mega infrastructure projects in urban regions, urban and regional governance questions, and urban politics. This research will focus on the process of infrastructure development within cities as well as across city regions, particularly looking at the Bengaluru Metropolitan Region, and the Bengaluru-Chennai corridor.

Post-Doctoral Fellow in Deindustrialisation in Cities of the Global South and Employment
This position will involve research that focuses broadly on how cities in developing countries can generate equitable growth trajectories and broad-based employment opportunities with decent wages in light of “premature deindustrialisation” (Rodrik 2016) and persistent informality (Chen 2012). By focusing on manufacturing enterprises in Bengaluru, a megacity with a substantial services-based economy, we propose to address the following questions. Is formal manufacturing moving further away from the city, as land prices escalate and due to demands for better environmental management within city boundaries? What implications does this have for employment opportunities in the city of Bengaluru? In addressing this question, we will also attempt to build a new base of evidence about enterprises along the formal-informal continuum at the city scale.

Research Fellowship in Machine Learning and Computer Vision
This call invites applications for a Post-Doctoral Fellow / Senior Research Associate in the areas of machine learning and computer vision. Applicants are expected to have an interest in both areas of research, with advanced qualifications and expertise in at least one. Selected candidates will be encouraged to conduct research that focuses on applying methods from these domains to urban spatial datasets, especially satellite imagery.

Post-Doctoral Fellow / Senior Research Associate in Land Economy & Urban Finance
India’s cities and their regions are made up of complex economic relationships and produce a diverse range of spatial and social economic outcomes. The relationships, spaces and outcomes visible in India’s cities, are often difficult to understand using mainstream economic theories and concepts, which draw on Euro- American development experiences. A key factor structuring the complexity of urban economies is the question of land – and the diversity of social, economic and financial relations that depend on land, land value and land use. Land has increasingly emerged as a key issue structuring urban finance, municipal autonomy and external investments into cities in India.

Post-Doctoral Fellow in Urban Energy Systems
Cities are emerging as important sites for mediating sustainable energy transitions, which are crucial for meeting development, climate and environmental goals. Much of the urban energy sector is hugely fragmented across national, regional and local axes and across sectors and fuel-types, with weak mandates and ambiguous incentives. The incumbent energy governance regime leaves no space for city governments to intervene and manage key transitions. Focusing on questions of urban energy, and considering technology as a key driver of change, this research will test innovative institutional and governance regimes that could provide for a larger decision-making role for city governments to manage technology mediated urban energy transitions.

For more information about the posts and how to apply, visit the IIHS website.