Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

MSCA-IF: Joint application at the University of Granada. Department of Applied Economics.

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    01/07/2020 13:30 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Spain, Granada
    International Research Projects Office
    Promotion and Advisory Unit

Professor Fernando García Quero, from the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Granada, welcomes postdoctoral candidates interested in applying for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (MSCA-IF) in 2020 at this University. Please note that applicants must comply with the Mobility Rule (more information: http://sl.ugr.es/0aNV).

Brief description of the institution:

The University of Granada (UGR), founded in 1531, is one of the largest and most important universities in Spain. The UGR has been awarded with the "Human Resources Excellence in Research (HRS4R)", which reflects the UGR’s commitment to continuously improve its human resource policies in line with the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. The UGR is also a leading institution in research, located in the top 5/10 of Spanish universities by a variety of ranking criteria, such as national R&D projects, fellowships awarded, publications, or international funding.

UGR is one of the few Spanish Universities listed in the Shanghai Top 500 ranking (http://sl.ugr.es/0aw0). The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) places the UGR in 268th position in the world and as the 4th highest ranked University in Spain, reaffirming its position as an institution at the forefront of national and international research. From the perspective of specialist areas in the ARWU rankings, the UGR is outstanding in Documentation (ranked in the 36th in the world) or Food science technology (ranked 37th in the world), Mathematics and Computer Science (ranked among the top 76-100 in the world).

The UGR has 4 researchers at the top of the Highly Cited Researchers (HCR) list in the Computer Science area. With regard to broader subject fields, the UGR is ranked in 45th position in the universities worldwide in the discipline of Engineering. It is also well recognized for its web presence (http://sl.ugr.es/0a6i) taking 36th place in the top 200 Universities in Europe. Internationally, we bet decidedly by our participation in the calls of the Framework Programme of the European Union. For the duration of the last two Framework Programmes, the UGR has obtained a total of 66 projects, with total funding of 18.02 million euros, and for H2020, 80 projects with total funding around 20.6 million euros.

Brief description of the Centre/Research Group

The team of the University of Granada created for this project has seven members and a multidisciplinary background: economics, law, anthropology, education, pedagogy and statistics. Five members are located at the campus of the Autonomous City of Melilla (Spain) where most of the tasks and the field work will be carried out. The researchers have different professional backgrounds because of the value of discussing problems or challenges from varied perspectives, including: political economy and development studies; information and communication technologies; intercultural education; multiculturalism; qualitative analyses; quantitative methodology; and ethnographic analyses. Having a multidisciplinary working group on the southern border of Europe in the African continent will allow us to provide relevant data in what might be considered as the `reception/first arrival´ contexts of immigration. At the same time, due to the geographical location of Melilla, the group could carry out the field work in some of the places that are part of the main immigration arrival routes to Europe. The group has collaborators within the city of Melilla that could be keystones for collecting information, such as the Immigrant Temporary Stay Centres. The researcher will also join the research group “Economic History, Institutions and Development” (SEJ 476, Junta de Andalucía), coordinated by Fernando García Quero.

Project description

The researcher will form part of a line of work stemming from the project PERCEPTIONS-833870 “Understand the Impact of Novel Technologies and Social Media on Perceptions of Europe in Countries Abroad”, financed by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme. The project analyses, through a mixed methodology, how different narratives about the European Union influence processes of migration towards Europe. The person who joins the team will, whilst using the PERCEPTIONS project as a starting point, develop a new line of original work that will go beyond studying individual motivations for migration to Europe to focus on contextualising and analysing migration behaviours in terms of a broad-spectrum of structural, centre-periphery dynamics. Such dynamics include, but are not limited to, globalisation, climate change, unequal economic exchanges, geopolitics, processes of de-industrialisation, social justice, inclusive education, and the use of information and communication technologies.

The researcher will also carry out a case study, from a multi-disciplinary perspective, of the ‘rhetoric of development’ with reference to migrations, to analyse if there are inconsistencies in specific documents of the 2030 Agenda, national agencies for International Development Cooperation, and the European Union. Combining such a perspective and research topic presents an excellent opportunity to produce results which support a focus on integration and coherence of public policies in migration management. There is an urgent need to create community mechanisms of regulating migration, based on social justice, peace, and solidarity, not only mechanisms based on security and control. Providing inadequate responses to a problem as complex as migration will only exacerbate the situation, increasing frustration, violence, and xenophobia.

Research Area

Economic Sciences (ECO) and Social Sciences and Humanities (SOC)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Fernando García Quero (fgquero@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)


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