IIHS Researchers

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. This call is associated with the PEAK consortium, funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), UK.

Led by the University of Oxford, and in partnership with IIHS, Peking University, EAFIT and the University of Cape Town, the PEAK consortium has identified four overarching themes of urban dynamics. Researchers will work across natural sciences (including mathematics, medicine, transport and engineering), the social sciences (including anthropology, development, migration) and humanities (including law, history). The PEAK framework synthesises traditional urban studies disciplines with emergent new urban sciences in a programme of research and capacity building across the humanities, social, sciences and natural sciences. PEAK is grounded in the logic of urban complexity to develop an array of disciplinary perspectives that will address the challenges of the 21st century city.

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.

The focus of the PEAK project is particularly on developing a new cohort of interdisciplinary urban researchers, and therefore offers multiple opportunities for young scholars to develop research, teaching, and writing skills. Opportunities exist for individual scholarship, collaborative work with scholars at partner institutions including the University of Oxford, and the University of Cape Town, as well as potential travel to partner institutions through summer schools and internships.

Post-Doctoral Fellow in Urban Informality and Urban Economies

We seek a person whose research interests broadly align with issues of informality, livelihood, economic growth and development in the Indian urban context. We are particularly interested in candidates whose work focuses on studying formal and informal manufacturing and employment trends, and is interested in experimenting with empirical & mixed methods – such as integrating spatial datasets and exploiting alternative sources for economic data besides primary surveys – for example the relationship between land use change and industrialization transformation, an analysis that includes but also goes beyond conventional data bases.

Post-Doctoral Fellow in Metropolitan Development and Land Based Financing for Urban Infrastructure and Development

The position seeks a person whose research interests broadly align with issues of urban infrastructure and development financing, urban land markets, urban governance and urban fiscal reforms. We are particularly interested in someone whose work engages with land-based financing strategies, land value capture and market- facing financing strategies for urban infrastructure and development projects, including different forms of public- private partnerships.

Post-Doctoral Fellow in Urban Energy Systems

This research will have 3 main components: (a) collection of a range of data, such as micro-patterns of energy use, technical specifications of energy demand, market and regulatory structures and technology specifications; (b) modelling: collected information to be defined in a relational sense, using established mathematical formulations (either using an existing modeling framework or creating a bottom-up assessment frame) to be able to answer Aspects 1 and 2 above and to develop the mathematical frame to enable answering Aspect 3 defined above. In addition, the assessment frame should be able to quantitatively assess the various social, economic and environmental implications of the identified pathways.

Post-Doctoral Fellow in Geospatial Analysis

The post-doctoral fellow will be encouraged to develop areas of research which address urban spatial analysis questions, especially those which are of significance in the context of Indian cities. Applicants will also be expected to develop innovative analysis methods which integrate multiple kinds of urban datasets. For instance, by integrating satellite imagery, census data, data from administrative and planning agencies and primary survey data, it should be possible to develop a high-resolution spatial database for Indian cities which provides insights which none of these datasets can individually provide.

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 Bangalore Metropolitan Region, and the Bangalore-Chennai corridor.

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