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Professor in Gender, Conflict and Rights with a 0.5 secondment as Director, Centre for Women, Peace and Security

London School of Economics
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The Department of Gender Studies was established as the Gender Institute in 1993 to address the major intellectual challenges posed by contemporary changes in gender relations

Job Description

This remains a central aim of the Department today, which is the largest research and teaching unit of its kind in Europe.  In our research and teaching we aim to combine theory and practice with an interdisciplinary and transnational perspective. The Centre for Women, Peace and Security is a leading academic space for researchers, practitioners, activists, policy-makers and students to develop strategies to promote justice, human rights and participation of women in conflict-affected situations around the world, and is located in the Institute of Global Affairs.


We are looking to recruit a full time Professor in Gender, Conflict and Rights, with a three-year initial half time role as Director of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security. The successful candidate will conduct world leading research in gender, conflict and rights, and will lead on the MSc in Women, Peace and Security, teaching on the core courses for the degree and providing additional teaching and supervision in the Department as required. The Centre for Women, Peace and Security seeks an outstanding leader for the next three years of its development, and is looking in particular for someone with a proven track record in obtaining external funding in relevant research and/or policy areas. The professorship will revert to a full time role in the Department of Gender Studies after the initial period of secondment.


The Department and the Centre are looking for a world leading researcher and teacher whose expertise and research is in at least one but, ideally, more than one of the following WPS-related areas:


International Conflict and Human Rights

Security Studies and/or Critical Military Studies

International Law (human rights law, humanitarian and criminal law)

Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution

Post-conflict Reconstruction

Sexuality, Embodiment and War

Humanitarian and Aid Industries

Policy and Practice within WPS

Emerging issues in WPS (e.g. countering violent extremism; men/masculinities, peace and security; queering conflict)

Sexual Violence in Conflict 


Successful candidates will have a PhD in a relevant discipline or related inter-disciplinary field; a significant track record of excellence in teaching at the postgraduate level; experience and commitment to supervise PhD students; an outstanding international reputation; a proven record of outstanding research as evidenced by existing publications of the highest quality, at least two of which must be world-leading; a strategy for future outstanding research that will result in further world-leading publications; and a proven track record in successfully bidding for external funding.


Successful candidates will also have a demonstrable record of intellectual and strategic leadership and team management, and experience of mentoring and developing colleagues to support them in their career development and a track record in providing leadership in effective departmental administration and contributing to strategic decision-making is also essential.


The other criteria that will be used when shortlisting for this post can be found on the person specification, which is attached to this vacancy on the LSE’s online recruitment system.


In addition to a competitive salary the benefits that come with this job include an occupational pension scheme, a research incentive scheme with personal reward options, generous research leave (sabbatical) entitlement, a collegial faculty environment and excellent support, training and development opportunities.


For further information about the post, please see the how to apply document, job description and the person specification.


To apply for this post, please go to If you have any technical queries with applying on the online system, please use the “contact us” links at the bottom of the LSE Jobs page. Should you have any queries about the role, please email Professor Clare Hemmings (Gender Studies)


The closing date for receipt of applications is 14 November 2018 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.