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Leib­niz-Insti­tut für Raum­be­zo­gene Sozi­al­for­schung (IRS)

Das Leib­niz-Insti­tut für Raum­be­zo­gene Sozi­al­for­schung ist ein inter­na­tio­nal aner­kann­ter For­schungs­part­ner und besetzt zen­trale Kom­pe­tenz­fel­der der sozi­al­wis­sen­schaft­li­chen Raum­for­schung in Europa. Sein Auf­trag ist die Erfor­schung der Trans­for­ma­tion und Steue­rung von Städ­ten und Regio­nen aus sozi­al­wis­sen­schaft­li­chen Per­spek­ti­ven.

stu­dent/sci­en­ti­fic assi­stant (SHK/WHK, 10h/week)

Work­ing field:

The rese­arch group “Con­que­ring (with) Con­crete. Glo­bal Con­struc­tion Com­pa­nies as Glo­bal Play­ers in Local Con­texts” invi­tes app­li­ca­ti­ons for one stu­dent/sci­en­ti­fic assi­stant (SHK/WHK, 10h/week) to join the team in April 2021. The con­tract will be gran­ted for the period of 6 mon­ths, with an option for rene­wal. The rese­arch pro­ject is fun­ded by the Volks­wa­gen­Stif­tung as part of the Frei­geist Fel­low­ship pro­gram and co-fun­ded by the IRS Erkner.

Rese­arch topic
Glo­bal con­struc­tion com­pa­nies impact our futures. Bey­ond the edi­fices and infra­st­ruc­tures they con­struct, they also fun­da­ment­ally influ­ence governmen­tal deve­lop­ment aid poli­cies, or dis­lo­cate people to build a new dam, for example. Yet the role of these major glo­bal play­ers and their per­sis­tent pre­sence in dif­fe­rent world regi­ons has barely been reflec­ted upon.
This pro­ject uses Ger­man con­struc­tion com­pa­nies as a prism to address a wide spec­trum of eco­no­mic, poli­ti­cal, envi­ron­men­tal or cul­tu­ral impacts in spe­ci­fic local con­texts through case stu­dies. The choice to inves­ti­gate such ent­ren­ched power struc­tures through Ger­man firms is trig­ge­red by an inte­rest in the label ‘Made in Ger­many’ which was estab­lished in the late colo­nial period and remains an unques­tio­ned mar­ker of qua­lity. The main rese­arch ques­tion is: how have archi­tec­ture and infra­st­ruc­ture pro­jects built by Ger­man com­pa­nies con­que­red the world? The pro­ject not only seeks to cri­ti­cally ana­lyse suc­cess sto­ries, but also to inter­ro­gate moments of fail­ure.
Focu­sing on pro­duc­tion cycles, a rese­arch team of the PI and three PhD can­di­da­tes and a stu­dent assi­stant are scru­ti­nise glo­bal flows of capi­tal, labour, know-how and con­struc­tion mate­ri­als such as con­crete bet­ween Ger­many and Latin Ame­rica, sub-Saha­ran Africa and South Asia.

Rese­arch group
The rese­arch group is inte­gra­ted in the Depart­ment for His­to­ri­cal Rese­arch at the Leib­niz Insti­tute for Rese­arch on Society and Space (IRS), Erkner (near Ber­lin) and clo­sely affi­lia­ted with the Faculty for Archi­tec­ture and Urba­nism at the Bau­haus-Uni­ver­si­tät Wei­mar. Fur­ther col­la­bo­ra­tion exist with Prof. Dr. Johan Lagae and his rese­arch unit at the Ghent Uni­ver­sity. The pro­ject is embed­ded in a broad aca­de­mic net­work. The stu­dent assi­stant sup­ports the team in rese­arch (rese­arch, care of the pro­ject data­base etc.), out­re­ach (web­page, Face­book etc.) and admi­nis­tra­tive tasks such as orga­ni­sa­tion of con­fe­ren­ces and fiel­dwork trips.


The can­di­date must be a stu­dent of Archi­tec­ture, Archi­tec­tu­ral/Art History, Urban Plan­ning, Social Anthro­po­logy, Geo­gra­phy, History or rela­ted disci­pline in the huma­nities and social sci­en­ces with a signi­fi­cant focus on the built envi­ron­ment and its history. Pre­fe­rence will be given to app­li­cants with a trai­ning in glo­bal and/or extra-European (archi­tec­tu­ral and urban) history, urban geo­gra­phy or social anthro­po­logy/eth­no­gra­phy, inclu­ding lan­guage pro­fi­ci­ency in Eng­lish and Ger­man as well as other lan­guages rele­vant to the pro­ject. Moreo­ver, app­li­cants should demons­trate abi­lity in (archi­val) rese­arch, com­mit­ment to team­work, affi­nity towards social media and agi­lity in orga­ni­sa­tio­nal tasks. Inter­na­tio­nal aca­de­mic expe­ri­ence (study, rese­arch, publi­ca­ti­ons, con­fe­ren­ces etc.) is an advan­tage.

What we of­fer:

The IRS is com­mit­ted to the principle of equa­lity of oppor­tu­nities. Female app­li­cants are espe­ci­ally encou­ra­ged to apply. App­li­cants with disa­bi­li­ties with equi­va­lent qua­li­fi­ca­ti­ons and apti­tude will be given pre­fe­ren­tial con­si­de­ra­tion. The IRS sup­ports the com­pa­ti­bi­lity of career and family and is cer­ti­fied as a family-ori­en­ted employer since 2015.

How to ap­ply:

App­li­ca­ti­ons must include:
1) cover let­ter,
2) CV,
3) diplo­mas/cer­ti­fi­ca­tes,
4) name and con­tact infor­ma­tion of one aca­de­mic refe­ree,
5) con­fir­ma­tion of enrolment.

Please sub­mit your app­li­ca­tion until 12 Febru­ary 2021 to with the refe­rence num­ber 5121. Inter­views with the can­di­da­tes are sche­du­led for 17 and 18 Febru­ary and will be held via Zoom. Invi­ted can­di­da­tes will receive an invi­ta­tion via email on 15 Febru­ary until 6:00 pm CET. For fur­ther infor­ma­tion and ques­ti­ons regar­ding the posi­tion and the rese­arch pro­ject please con­tact the princi­pal inves­ti­ga­tor Dr Monika Moty­linska: