University of Antwerp Doctoral Scholarship 2020 in Urbanisation, Poverty, and Inequality in Africa

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Application Deadline: 8 August 2020.

The University of Antwerp is a dynamic, forward-thinking, European university. We offer an innovative academic education to more than 20 000 students, conduct pioneering scientific research and play an important service-providing role in society. We are one of the largest, most international and most innovative employers in the region. With more than 6000 employees from 100 different countries, we are helping to build tomorrow’s world every day. Through top scientific research, we push back boundaries and set a course for the future – a future that you can help to shape.

The university’s recently founded Antwerp Interdisciplinary Platform for Research into Inequality (AIPRIL) seeks to advance our understanding of how socioeconomic inequalities are changing, what is driving such trends and what, if anything, can be done.

AIPRIL is looking for a full-time (100%)

Doctoral scholarship holder to conduct research on the topic of Urbanisation, Poverty and Inequality in Africa.

This project will link large spatial datasets of processed satellite imagery on built-up areas and emitted nightlight in Africa to micro-level household panel and census data. The project aims to understand how urbanisation interacts with economic development in Africa.

The position is based at the Institute of Development Policy (IOB), a member institution of AIPRIL. At IOB scholars from various disciplinary backgrounds come together to study development.

Position

  • You work actively on the preparation and defence of a PhD thesis in Economics or Development Studies. Motivate in your application which PhD degree you are most interested in pursuing.
  • Your PhD thesis will be written under the supervision of prof. dr. Joachim De Weerdt, co-supervised by prof dr Koen Decancq.
  • You publish scientific articles related to the research project.
  • You carry out a limited number of teaching and research support tasks.

Profile

  • You hold a Master degree in Economics or related social sciences, or will have obtained it by the time you start work.
  • You can demonstrate excellent study results
  • You can demonstrate excellent applied econometrics skills
  • You have conducted independent research before, for example as part of a master thesis.
  • You can analyse large data sets in Stata or R. Knowledge of GIS software, such as QGIS is desirable.
  • You have a proven interest in development issues in general and for Africa in particular.
  • Experience with survey or other fieldwork is desirable.
  • You can think creatively, with attention to both detail and the bigger picture.
  • You can write clearly, concisely and precisely in English.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the University of Antwerp Doctoral Scholarship 2020

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