Research Fellow: Spatial Inequalities in African Political Economy

London School of Economics Full Time  Anywhere 3 Apr 2019

Job Description


Department of Government


Research Fellow: Spatial Inequalities in African Political Economy


Salary from £45,285 – £52,353 pa inclusive of London allowance


This is a fixed term appointment for 12 months. There is a possibility of an extension up to April 2021, subject to funding.



We seek to hire an experienced researcher in spatial analysis and spatial econometrics – a political scientist, a geographer, economic geographer, demographer, economist or person with a recently completed PhD in one of these or a related field – to be the lead operational analyst for an ESRC-funded research project on Spatial Inequalities in African Political Economy.


The Research Fellow will play a key role in managing, analysing, and interpreting sub-national data for African countries. We are analysing electoral geography, spatial inequalities, and the internal boundary changes in African countries. The project asks how spatial inequalities across internal political jurisdictions (administrative regions, districts, and electoral constituencies) may find expression in electoral dynamics, policy debates, and long-term institutional development.


The post-holder will play a strong role in the design and writing of collectively-authored research outputs and in presenting this research in academic fora. The Research Fellow will also be expected to supervise part-time research assistants and to help organise and be a regular participant in project-related seminars and workshops held at the LSE.


The successful candidate will have a completed (or close to completed) PhD in Political Science, Geography, Economic Geography, Demography, Economics or related discipline by the post start date and have a demonstrable research record in a relevant field as evidenced by proven ability or potential to publish in top journals, and potential to produce internationally excellent publications.  Significant technical skill and expertise in spatial econometrics, data collection and data management in Stata, collecting and working with shapefiles, and using ArcGIS is essential. Experience working with electoral data is highly desirable. Experience using and publishing research with Africa-centred electoral, demographic, land use, health, and/or demographic data is also highly desirable.


The successful candidate will have access to training and will be provided with advice and support to develop aspects of her/his own research programmes that are related to the political economy of subnational spatial inequalities in African.


We offer an occupational pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities.

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