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Doctoral Researchers, Belt and Road Initiative

The Cluster of Excellence “Contestations of the Liberal Script” (SCRIPTS) is recruiting two

Doctoral Researchers (f/m/div)

on part-time (26 hours/week) basis for the project

“The Challenge to the Challenge: The Belt and Road Initiative’s Implications for Liberal Trade and (Digital) Finance and the Response in Other Countries”.

The contracts shall start 01 September 2020 and are limited for three years. The successful candidates are affiliated with the Hertie School and the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA).

About the project:

The Cluster of Excellence “Contestations of the Liberal Script” (SCRIPTS) analyzes the contemporary controversies about the liberal order from a historical, global, and comparative perspective. It connects the academic expertise in the social sciences and area studies in Berlin, collaborates with research institutions in all world regions, and maintains cooperative ties with major political, cultural and social institutions. SCRIPTS is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The successful applicants will be enrolled in the Berlin Graduate School for Global and Transregional Studies (BGTS) and based at the Cluster. Additionally, they will have a desk (office option) at the Hertie School and at the GIGA office in Berlin respectively. They will be in close exchange with the GIGA in Hamburg, and it is expected that they participate in relevant activities of the Cluster as well as at GIGA and the Hertie School.

This particular project is a joint project of Prof. Dr. Mark Hallerberg (Hertie School) and Prof. Dr. Amrita Narlikar (GIGA). We consider the implications of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) for the liberal script. We focus on two policy areas, namely trade and finance/taxation. The former will be based at the GIGA and the latter at the Hertie School. We are keen to analyze the extent to which a set of players perceives, and uses, the BRI in these policy fields as a challenge to the liberal script. The expected work will include case studies, interviews, and empirical analysis.

Your profile:

The ideal applicant would have an MA in political science, international relations, or economics. Some training in statistical methods is expected. While not required, knowledge of Chinese, French, and/or Portuguese would be welcome. Very good command of English is required for the work at the Hertie School and at the GIGA.

We value diversity and welcome all applications, independent of gender, nationality, ethnic and social background, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation and identity.

How to apply:

Please submit your complete application portfolio, including motivation letter and a CV, as soon as possible. Files will be considered on a rolling basis. Strict confidentiality is assured.

To submit your application, please click the Apply button here.

For questions about the position, please contact Mark Hallerberg, Dean of Research and Faculty at the Hertie School or Amrita Narlikar, President of the German Institute for Global and Area Studies.