Research assistant

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The Department of Peace and Conflict Research was established in 1971 to conduct peace research and offer courses in peace and conflict studies. Currently approx. 90 persons are employed at the Department and approximately 300-400 students are enrolled every academic year. Courses offered include undergraduate and post-graduate courses, as well as a Ph. D. programme. For more information, visit www.pcr.uu.se

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The Department of Peace and Conflict Research was established in 1971 to conduct peace research and offer courses in peace and conflict studies. Currently approx. 80 persons are employed at the Department and at present some 300-400 students are enrolled every academic year. Courses offered include undergraduate and post-graduate courses, as well as a Ph. D. programme. For more information, visit www.pcr.uu.se.

The Department and the project Universities at Risk: Explaining Organized Student Violence at African Universities are now looking for a full-time research assistant for a six months employment, starting in August 2023.

Project
The project Universities at Risk: Explaining Organized Student Violence at African Universities aspires to map and explain why students engage in organized violence at African universities. Improving access to higher education is heralded as a central component of promoting democracy and peace. Despite this, African universities are often fraught by organized violence in many developing countries. This constitutes a serious problem. Not only does the militarization of campuses risk degrading the quality of higher education, but also foster a new generation of leaders who use violence as a tool for political contestation. There is currently a lack of studies investigating universities as sites of violent mobilization. The purpose of this project is therefore to explain under what conditions university based organized violence is most likely to erupt. To address this question, we will collect novel data on the prevalence of organized violence across African universities (1989-2021) and statistically analyze its causes. We will combine this with a comparative study of a few African universities.

Duties
Tasks include:

  • Collecting and coding information about organized violence at African universities
  • Data management
  • Assist in developing theoretical definitions and coding routines
  • Assist in leading the work of interns
  • Participate in planning meetings
  • Write reports that analyze the collected data
  • Other tasks may be added based on the needs of the project.

Requirements
The applicant must have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in peace and conflict studies, international relations, political science or equivalent
  • Documented knowledge of theories of war and peace
  • Very good English in speech and writing
  • Experience of working independently
  • Good ability to cooperate.

Additional qualifications

  • Experience of working with data coding/data management (either as part of university studies or previous employment)
  • Peace and conflict studies on MSc-level
  • Good knowledge of French.

Individual suitability will be considered.

About the employment:
The employment is a temporary position, 6 months. Scope of employment 100 %. Starting date: 14 August 2023, or as agreed. Placement: Uppsala.

For further information about the position, please contact: Anders Themnér, anders.themner@pcr.uu.se 

Please submit your application by 8 May 2023UFV-PA 2023/672.

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Placement: Department of Peace and Conflict Research

Type of employment: Full time , Special fixed-term employment

Pay: Individual salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100%

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben seko@uadm.uu.se
ST/TCO tco@fackorg.uu.se
Saco-rådet saco@uadm.uu.se

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2023/672

Last application date: 2023-05-08

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