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Postdoctoral researcher on the study of migration and integration in the European public space

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    Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques
    Political sciencesPolicy studies
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    23/12/2020 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    France › Paris


Job description:
The Center for International Research (CERI) is recruiting a postdoctoral researcher to work on a HERA (Humanities in a European Research Area) Joint Research Programme titled « Negociating Diversity in Expanded European Public Spaces » (PLURISPACE) under the supervision of Prof. Riva Kastoryano, the Project Leader. He or she will be in charge of overlooking CERI’s contribution to the international project’s team.

More specifically, his or her tasks will include: consulting and analysing official documents and websites on policies of incorporation, citizenship and institutional recognition of ethno-religious migrants’ organization in France ; conducting interwiews with leaders of voluntary associations, city councils members and representatives of NGOs, official institutions related to the topîc ; coordinating the scientific and administrative organization of the project’s activities assigned to CERI under the consortium and grant agreement; contributing with her/his original research to the international publications of the research team (reports and publications in peer review journals).

About the project:
The question of diversity and integration has occupied public debates, political agendas and social sciences for decades. In Europe, an important issue pertains to the settlement of post-immigrant ethno-religious groups, along with the expression and organization of collective identities; claims for participation/representation and recognition; the role of religion in public space; and the increasing influence of diaspora and transnational politics. PLURISPACE’s point of departure is that these questions cannot be properly addressed without at the same time taking into account the multilevel character of the European public space they unfold within, the multiple characters of the groups (some identified by national origins, others by religion etc.) and the multiple modes of integration. Within such a complex European space, we identify four policy and theoretical approaches to diversity management and understanding of public space: multiculturalism, interculturalism, transnationalism and cosmopolitanism. Each approach has its own conception of public space, diversity, equality and solidarity. Most analyses of post-immigrant incorporation have been single-theory-oriented, leading to multiple, contested and controversial interpretations of integration and democratic public spaces. No systematic assessment that compares and contrasts them has thus far been undertaken. Such an undertaking has become more important given that the Eurozone and the refugee crises have seriously affected EU’s political system. The refugee crisis but also Brexit have amplified the political importance of immigration with important implications for theories and practices of diversity management. PLURISPACE uses the four theoretical perspectives to understand how the multilevel European public space manages diversity. PLURISPACE’s main aim is to contribute to the theory and practice of integration and diversity management in Europe.

The project has started on May 31st, 2019 and the CERI is the leader institution. The other partners are the University of Bristol, the University of Oslo and the University Pompeu Fabra. The PLURISPACE team has delivered already a report on the advancement of the project, a working paper, and started content analysis of official documents on national and local levels.

About CERI/Sciences Po:
Sciences Po is the leading research university in social sciences in France and has 400 academic partnerships with universities around the world. Based on a multi-disciplinary approach, it associates and combines skills from the different social sciences – in particular economy, history, political science, sociology and the humanities. Established in 1952, the Centre for International Research (CERI) is the most preeminent research centre in France that concentrates on both international/transnational relations and regional studies. It is also the largest of Sciences Po’s research units. CERI’s excellence in scholarship translates into partnerships with sister institutions abroad, such as the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, the Department of International Relations and the European Institute at LSE, Department of War Studies at King’s College, and CERIUM, Montréal.

CERI brings together scholars from several disciplines in the social sciences – first and foremost, political science, but also sociology, anthropology, history and economics. With regard to CERI’s regional expertise, the Muslim world is first (with 13 permanent scholars who specialize on countries stretching from Morocco to the Arabic Peninsula and Iran), followed by Latin American, Asian, East European and African studies. Fieldwork, empirical and comparative methods and knowledge of local languages are essential characteristics of CERI’s approach to area studies. CERI also reaches out to policy makers and government agencies, media outlets, NGOs and corporations. It has a well-established tradition of organizing public events and disseminating knowledge through its many publications.

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Gros monthly salary: 3100 euros.
The successful candidate will benefit from social security coverage and have access to benefits tied to Sciences Po such as 50% reimbursement of the monthly transportation pass within the Paris area and monthly meal vouchers.

Selection process

The successful candidate will work on CERI’s premises located 56 rue Jacob, 75006 Paris and will have to reside in Paris for the duration of the contract (23 months).

Candidates wishing to apply for the position should send to Ms. Khaoula Koundi (khaoula.koundi@sciencespo.fr) :

* a full CV
* a motivation letter of maximum two pages
* the names and contact details of two referees who can be contacted upon request and have to be available between December 26, 2020 and January 4,2021
* the copy of their PhD diploma in PDF format

Online interviews with shortlisted candidates will be conducted at the very beginning of January 2021.

The email should indicate "PLURISPACE job offer" in the object.

Additional comments

Sciences Po is an equal opportunity employer.
The successful candidate will work on CERI’s premises located 56 rue Jacob, 75006 Paris and will have to reside in Paris for the duration of the contract (one year).

Required Research Experiences

    Political sciences
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    1 - 4

Offer Requirements

    Political sciences: PhD or equivalent
    Sociology: PhD or equivalent
    ENGLISH: Excellent
    FRENCH: Excellent


The position requires previous scientific production and experience of working on projects devoted to the study of migration, integration, citizenship, identities, recognition in France and Europe, a knowledge of French and European institutions as well as policies with regard to immigration, integration and citizenship

Specific Requirements

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D (Political Science – Political Sociology - Political Theory) in hand by December 2018 or December 2019.

He or she should have :

  • A very good knowledge of the field integration, laws on citizenship, politics of of migration (policies of migration and recognition and representative institutions)
  • A solid experience of research
  • A solid experience of conducting interviews, observing activities, meetings and internal debates
  • A solid experience of discourse analysis of official and non official documents
  • A solid experience of writing reports on the results of the field work

He or she should have :

  • published or forthcoming papers
  • a good sense of organization and interpersonal relationships
  • experience in organizing public events

Fluency in English and French, written and spoken, are indispensable, as well as familiarity with bibliographic reference management software, websites and social media.


Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Centre for International Research (CERI)
56 rue Jacob

EURAXESS offer ID: 580790


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