Research Assistants (x2)
(24 month fixed term contract)
Department of Political Economy
School of Social Science & Public Policy
Reference Number: R5/DAB/1255/12-JT
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particular skill and experience which you feel you would bring to the role
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Closing date: 17 January 2013
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interdisciplinary, academically coherent, make a surplus. A further aim of the establishment of the
School was to give a visibility to the social scientists across College many of whom were in small
groups embedded in other disciplines.
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multidisciplinary social science research. Since 2001 SSPP has grown rapidly, increasing significantly
its research income and successfully launching a number of interdisciplinary initiatives, including a
number that cross School boundaries. The School eschews traditional disciplinary silos: its
constituent departments all comprise academic staff organised in problem-based research groups and
accustomed to working on interdisciplinary projects within and across departments and schools
drawing together and applying insights from leading-edge research on a variety of issues and from a
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surplus of £4 Million. It has approximately 210 (full time equivalent HEFCE funded) staff and
approximately 1250 undergraduate, 2100 postgraduate taught, and 580 postgraduate research
students. The School comprises eight departments. Seven of these delivering both undergraduate and
postgraduate teaching. The eighth Department – King’s Policy Institutes comprises a cluster of
centres with a focus on research and knowledge transfer with some postgraduate teaching. The
School is led by an Executive Board which consists of the heads of these departments together with
the head of the School and the head of professional services in the School.
In August 2010 the Department of Political Economy was created to provide a more sharply focused
political science entity responsible for existing and new postgraduate and undergraduate programmes
in political economy and policy analysis. The new Department has close links with three recently-
formed cross-College centres - the China, India and Brazil Institutes - and is distinguished by its
marked international orientation. Undergraduate programmes in International Studies and The
Politics of the International Economy have been introduced and the Department enjoys close
working relationships with the European Studies group in the School of Arts and Humanities.
The interests of the Department’s staff range from institutional analysis and the formal and informal
structures of power, through political sociology in its cultural dimensions, to political theory and
historical political analysis. Their teaching and research is informed by an understanding of the
interdependence of economic and political institutions. Analysing the ability of politics and markets
to supply goods and services and tackle social problems requires comparative evaluation of economic
and political processes and the outcomes that flow from them. Such political economic analysis is set
in an international context that takes into account the relationships between national and
In practical terms, this means that that the Department’s teaching and research expertise
encompasses political science, comparative politics, biopolitics, economics and econometrics,
heterodox economics, international relations, colonialism and post-colonialism, political theory and
political philosophy, policy analysis, political and economic history, Europeanization, regulation and
geopolitics. The Department has five Research Groups: ‘Decisions, democracies and accountabilites’,
‘Resilience, crisis and recovery’, ‘Rationality, communication and choice’, ‘Regulation, uncertainty
and rights’, and ‘Beliefs, values and order’. The Department places great store upon policy
engagement and policy impact through policy-relevant research, knowledge transfer, and
collaboration with public and other bodies at all stages of the policy process. Its research is supported
by a range of funding agencies, including the ESRC, the European Commission, the Wellcome
Foundation, the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust.
The Politics of the International Economy is a new programme, introduced in 2012-13, in both BA
and BSc streams, the former providing a political science specialist route to the degree, the latter
embodying more substantial economics content. It is hoped that a new MSc in Political Economy will
be developed in the near future, providing further opportunities for more specialist teaching.
The Department’s academic strategy will carry forward the new and planned undergraduate
programmes in tandem with the MA in Public Policy and the associated programmes launched in
2009: the MA European Public Policy (joint with European Studies) and the MA Public Policy and
Ageing (joint with Gerontology). Recruitment to the flagship MA Public Policy has grown steadily,
exceeding targets and with a strong representation of high fee students. The Department also
provides a base for the cross-School Graduate Diploma in International Studies and Academic
English. Recruitment to the MPhil/PhD in Public Policy and Political Economy is expanding. A
research strategy is currently being rolled out to maximise research grant income and high quality
outputs. More detail on the department can be found at
The Department of Political Economy presently has a teaching staff of twenty, with a number of
departmental and visiting research and teaching staff:
Professor Ken Young (Head of Department)
Professor Brian Salter (Deputy Head of Department and Director of Research)
Professor Mark Pennington
Dr Ami Abou-Bakr
Dr Alexandre Afonso
Dr Juan Baeza
Dr Adrian Blau
Dr Rod Dacombe
Dr Petra Dolata-Kreutzkamp
Dr Robin Douglass
Dr Anna Gwiazda
Dr Scott James
Dr Humeira Iqtidar
Dr Christel Koop
Dr Paul Lewis
Dr Adam Martin
Dr John Meadowcroft
Dr David Skarbek
Dr Emily Skarbek
Dr Adam Tebble
Other King’s academic staff, who work closely with the Department, include
Professor Anthony Pereira (Brazil Institute)
Professor Sunil Khilnani (India Institute)
Professor Patrick Chabal (History)
Dr Vanesa Pesqué Cela (China Institute)
Dr Louise Tillin (India Institute)
Core staff numbers are expected to expand with the continuing growth in student numbers, which
will approach 350 by the 2012/13 session. Further chair appointments are anticipated to provide
continuing intellectual leadership as the Department continues to grow. In addition, political
scientists working in the China, India and Brazil Institutes enjoy close relationships with the
Department as associate faculty in political economy.
The Department’s work is progressed through a committees dealing with research and research
student monitoring, teaching quality and consultation with staff student representatives. Each
member of the department is responsible for at least one specific administrative role.
Research Project - Tolerance in Contemporary Muslim Societies: Political Theory Beyond the West
This research project headed by Dr. Humeira Iqtidar is funded by the European Research Council.
While there is broad consensus on the desire to foster tolerance there is little understanding of how
exactly to go about doing so. In terms of academic disciplines, debates about tolerance and toleration
have taken place primarily in the sphere of political theory and philosophy and often these debates
have not been directly concerned with everyday mechanisms of tolerance. Some recent research into
historical contexts has also provided an insight into conditions of possibility to move beyond the
constraints-on imagination and practice- imposed by the nation state. While many of these
explorations may have been undertaken with a view to providing answers to the questions raised in
the contemporary context, the historical emphasis and the prominence of European experiences in
framing the research provide only a glimpse of what may be possible today and in the non-European
world. There is little detailed analysis of actually existing mechanisms of tolerance in the
contemporary world, particularly in contexts that are too easily written off as somehow lacking
tolerance: religiously zealous communities as well as low, income urban neighbourhoods in
developing countries. Muslims polities are often seen to be particularly problematic particularly since
the rise of Islamism. This multidisciplinary research project aims, as a first step to document and
then to analyse the mechanisms through which tolerance exists in potentially fraught and fragile
contexts in Pakistan, and as a related step to compare theoretical constructions of tolerance by taking
into account the writings of local religious leaders and intellectuals.
Two self-motivated and committed researchers are required to assist in carrying out fieldwork in
Pakistan as well as organizing the workshops and public forum that will be part of the project.
The Research Assistants will be expected to collect oral histories in the three cities in Pakistan
therefore linguistic skills (Pashto and Urdu in addition to good command of English) are essential.
The PI will help establish the RAs in the field but it is likely that some research will be carried out by
the RAs alone. Some exposure to ethnographic research and/or collecting oral histories in the South
Asian context will be critical in this regard. The RAs are expected to translate and transcribe the data
collected. There will be a requirement to travel to Pakistan. Familiarity with academic social science
debates on tolerance and contemporary Muslim contexts will be advantageous, as would experience
and/or interest in political and social theory.
Post title Research Assistants (24 months)
Department/Division/Directorate Department of Political Economy
Grade Grade 5
Responsible to Dr. Humeira Iqtidar
To undertake research (including fieldwork in Pakistan) and administration in support of the ERC
project ‘Tolerance in Contemporary Muslim Societies: Political Theory Beyond the West’.
Role outline - main responsibilities
Conduct primary research through ethnographic interviews in three cities in Pakistan.
Take responsibility for translation and transcription of all interviews conducted.
Contribute to all phases of the project’s activities through the conduct of high quality research,
database construction and organization of workshops.
Participate in all project meetings, including symposia and workshops
Participate in and contribute to the development and implementation of the research
Contribute to the integration and collaboration of research project with the Department and
with external collaborators
Communication & networking:
Contribute to the production of research reports and publications
Present information on research progress and outcomes to supervising bodies
Liaise with research colleagues and support staff on routine matters
Make internal and external contacts to develop knowledge and understanding and form
relationships for future collaboration
Decision making, planning & problem solving:
Deal with problems which may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines
Contribute to decisions affecting the work of the team
Plan own day-to-day research activity within the framework of the agreed programme
Co-ordinate own work with that of others to avoid conflict or duplication of effort
Contribute to the planning of the research project
Working closely with the project Director, identify, agree and implement the standards for
delivery of the project’s aim and objectives.
Deal with internal and external contacts.
Analysis & research
Carry out the research required to deliver the project aim and objectives through the collection
of secondary source data, interviews and fieldwork.
Continue to update knowledge and develop skills
Team work, teaching & learning support
Act as a responsible project team member, leading where agreed, and develop productive
working relationships both within the other Research Associate, Director and across the
Contribute to the continuing refinement of the project objectives and methodology.
Attend and contribute to relevant meetings
Sensory/physical demands & work environment
Be able to carry out research in Pakistan.
Balance the pressures of project deadlines, individual objectives and team collaboration.
Conduct risk assessments and take responsibility for one’s own health and safety and that of
Show consideration to others
Head of School of Social Science and Public Policy
Head of Department of Political Economy
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Deputy Head/ Director of Research | Departmental Manager & office staff
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Director, U/G Programmes Director, PGT Programmes Director, Postgraduate Research
You will be required to work irregular hours in accordance with the needs of the role.
Information of a confidential nature must be kept strictly confidential and should never be
disclosed either inside or outside work. It should be noted that breach of confidentiality is a serious
offence which may lead to dismissal.
All staff are expected to adhere to King’s policies and procedures.
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This job description reflects the core activities of the role and as the College and the post-holder
develop there will inevitably be changes in the emphasis of duties. It is expected that the post-holder
recognise this and adopt a flexible approach to work and be willing to participate in training.
If changes to the job become significant, the job description should be reviewed formally by the post-
holder and line manger. The Human Resources department should then be consulted as to the
implications of the proposed changes.
Eligibility to work in the United Kingdom
International applications will be considered for this position. If you do not have permission to enter, remain
and work in the United Kingdom you will need to pass a points-based immigration assessment. Before you
apply for this job you must ascertain whether you have sufficient points to qualify under Tier 1 (Post study
work) and/or Tier 2(General) schemes1. If you do not have sufficient points please do not apply as you will not
be granted permission to enter the United Kingdom. Click on the following link to the points calculator: Border
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At the interview you will be asked to furnish the panel with the details of the route (Tier 1 (Post study work)
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Criteria S E
E I AP Application
I B I Interview
A L P Presentation
L E R References
Education/qualification and training
PhD in Social Science X AP
First degree in a relevant subject X
Excellent Pashto and English language skills X AP, P, I
Familiarity with theoretical debates about tolerance X AP, P, I
Knowledge of Pashtoon society specifically and Pakistani politics
X AP, P, I
Training in ethnographic research and/or conducting oral
X AP, P, I
Ability to translate and transcribe from Pashto to English X AP, P, I
Ability to organise international workshops X
Ability to organise and coordinate research independently X AP, P, I
Familiarity with a range of qualitative social science research
X AP, P, I
Experience of research in Pakistan and/or South Asia X AP
Experience in academic writing X AP, P, I
Personal characteristics/other requirements
Ability to work in multi-disciplinary social science team X I, R
Willingness to arrange and undertake fieldwork in urban
1There are two classifications – Tier 1 (Post study work) and Tier 2 (General). Highly skilled migrants are encouraged to
apply under the Tier 2 route, however this is dependent on King’s College London at its sole discretion issuing you with a
Certificate of Sponsorship.
Summary of terms and conditions of service
This appointment is made under the King’s College London Terms and Conditions of Service for
Research staff, a copy of which is available from the Human Resources department on request.
Period of Appointment Fixed Term until 31 December 2014
Probation 6 months
Salary £28,327 per annum, inclusive of £2,323 London Allowance per annum
Annual leave 27 working days. Staff receive four additional closure days. Notification as
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