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Applications are invited for two postdoctoral research associates in Urban Ecologies: governing nonhuman life in global cities, funded by an European Research Council (ERC) Horizon 2020 Starting Grant. This interdisciplinary project examines how the urban is governed by regulating nonhuman life. It draws on ethnographic and ecological modes of inquiry to develop more-than-human approaches to urban infrastructure, metabolism, biopolitics and everyday life in the city.

The project is comparative, with an empirical focus on metropolitan ecologies in India (New Delhi, Guwahati) and the UK (London). We are seeking to recruit two Postdoctoral Research Associates. One will primarily focus on urban natures, and the other will examine questions of urban metabolism and health.

The researchers will be based at the University of Cambridge and will conduct ethnographic and ecological fieldwork in London, besides contributing to understandings of urban ecological controversies. Candidates will be encouraged to develop their own projects within this wider framework.

Eligible candidates must have a PhD in the social sciences (human geography, anthropology, sociology or a cognate field), architecture, environmental/ecological sciences or relevant discipline. Those with an interest in posthumanism and more-than-human geographies of heath and metabolism, are especially encouraged to apply.

The post will be supervised by Dr Maan Barua and will be based in the Vital Geographies and Infrastructural Geographies Research Groups at the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 36 months in the first instance.

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