Queen Mary Lectureships in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Lectureships/Senior Lectureships

These 25 lectureships/senior lectureships are permanent positions, open to candidates who can demonstrate that they are able to build on our existing strengths and add strategic, additional capacity to our core areas of expertise. They offer an early career route to formally enhance the lecturer’s development.

The first three years are supported by the University’s Strategic Fund during which time the appointees will work within their host School and with the interdisciplinary initiatives of the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences, with opportunities to shape the intellectual agenda of the Institute, including where appropriate cross-Faculty initiatives, including the University Research Institutes (such as the Digital Environment Research Institute).

Upon successful completion of a three-year probation the appointee will be confirmed in post and will be wholly located in their host School, but with opportunities to continue to collaborate on research across the Faculty and the University.

The first three years of the positions will be geared to enabling early career and more established scholars to develop their existing research strengths, as well as their next projects through inter-disciplinary initiatives and taking advantage of external funding opportunities. There is an expectation that successful candidates are active in applying for research awards to underpin their research.

They will contribute to education provision within their Schools, but in the first year, this will be at a nominal one-quarter of a normal teaching load. In the second and third years, this will be set at one-half of a normal teaching load. Because of these reduced teaching loads, these lecturers will not normally begin their application for a higher education teaching qualification until the second year of employment (if none exists already).

All academic staff at Queen Mary University of London are expected to contribute to the administration of the University. During the first three years, there is a clear expectation that successful candidates will contribute closely to the IHSS and, where relevant, other key research structures at Queen Mary University of London (e.g. the Mile End Institute).

There, they will provide the energy and dynamism for developing new research conversations and collaborations, as well as interdisciplinary projects that are aware of the opportunities available in external funding initiatives.

Applicants’ expertise and research interests should ideally focus on the following themes identified across the Faculty, and applications are particularly welcomed from those with experience of interdisciplinary research which would connect to the activity of the Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and who demonstrate capacity to contribute to the further development of the Faculty’s interdisciplinary links and foci:

  • Environment, sustainability and climate
  • Public humanities and public policy
  • Big data and digital humanities
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Equalities, inequalities and diversity

In addition, our Schools have identified the following priorities for investment, many of which interface with these Faculty foci:

School of Business and Management

Centre for Globalisation Research

  • Climate change economics and machine learning

Centre for Research on Equality and Diversity

  • Race/disability/age at work

Centre for Labour and Global Production

  • Labour regimes in ‘green frontier’ industries
  • Critical analysis of finance, tax and corporations

Centre for Commercial Law Studies

  • Sustainable and regenerative development (legal and regulatory implications of rethinking business objectives and sustainability)
  • Law and governance of complex supply chains

School of Economics and Finance

  • Climate/environmental economics
  • Health economics
  • Big data
  • Economic history

School of English and Drama

  • Medical Humanities
  • Digital Humanities (with a focus on maps and networks, big data and computational linguistics)
  • Climate Change/Justice (with a focus on eco-criticism)

School of Geography

  • Race and environmental justice
  • Decolonising global health and development
  • Global urban climate crises: infrastructures, adaptations and transformations
  • Fragile environments: processes, risk and resilience

School of History

  • Digital history
  • Climate history and environmental humanities
  • Equalities, inequalities and diversities

The School particularly welcomes applications from candidates who will support its strategic development of an inclusive curriculum, including increasing its current geographic coverage, and from those who will enable it to maintain its current strength in medieval history.

School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

  • Medical humanities
  • Environmental humanities
  • Digital and visual cultures and communication
  • Public humanities
  • Language variation and natural language processing/artificial intelligence

Department of Law

  • Climate justice
  • Private law
  • Diversity and inclusion

School of Politics and International Relations

  • British politics/public policy (collaborative focus with the Mile End Institute)
  • Environmental politics
  • Urban politics and urban governance
  • Comparative politics