The Chair of Development Economics at the Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences, ETH Zurich, conducts empirical and experimental research. Key objectives of our research are to develop sustainable solutions to poverty reduction and to improve the design and implementation of development policies. We are hiring a
Post-Doctoral Researcher on the politics of governing the extractive sector at the international level and the interplay with national level politics in producer countries
The Post-Doctoral Researcher will investigate the flow and regulation of illicit financial flows from resource extraction and commodity trade (for details on the IFF project see here) and the politics of regulating externalities from resource production (taking the case of health) (for details on the HIA4SD project see here). The research is conducted in partnership with universities in Switzerland, Ghana, Tanzania, Mozambique, Burkina Faso, and Laos and with a multi- and transdisciplinary team of economists, legal scholars and political scientists (IFF) and epidemiologists, health economists and political scientists (HIA4SD).
The successful candidate will examine the policy efforts at the international level to curb illicit financial flows and to contain negative social and environmental externalities. She/he will explore the conflict of interests of public and private agents as well as other obstacles for progress.
She/he will work closely with the researchers in the partner countries who examine the current capacity, practice and incentives of local agents to develop and implement various policies and technologies. She/he will also analyze whether developing countries’ governments might benefit from the emerging international regimes. Moreover, she/he will explore mechanisms to overcome the political disincentives and the collective action problem of policy actors.
The project is embedded in a larger context requiring interdisciplinary interests and competences. In addition, the Chair of Development Economics is involved in two related ongoing research projects: project1, project2.
We are looking for a highly motivated and skilled candidate with a PhD in social sciences, preferably political science, development studies or international relations and familiarity with political economy analysis. Experience with policy development is an asset.
The contract will be issued for a period of three years with a possible extension to six years depending on available funds. Starting date is October 1, 2017.
We look forward to receiving your for advice.
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