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SALI Full Professor in Sustainable Development, UCD School of Politics and International Relations (SPIRe), Permanent 

Applications are invited for a Permanent post of a Full Professor in Sustainable Development within UCD School of Politics and International Relations (SPIRe)

The School of Politics and International Relations seeks to appoint a Full Professor in Sustainable Development, broadly defined, under the Senior Academic Leadership Initiative (SALI) Call 2020, in line with the requirements set out in the Higher Education Authority (HEA) Call document. Sustainable Development already has an internationally prominent profile in SPIRe, centred in the highly-regarded UCD Centre for Sustainable Development Studies (CSDS, http://csds.ucd.ie/).

Increasingly, the research agenda in sustainable development meshes with the wide-ranging scope of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. These have broadened well beyond the original development themes of growth and distribution to include issues such as global inequality, social services provision, gender disparities, fiscal issues, good governance, social inclusion, political stabilisation, all within the ever more urgent constraints of resource utilisation of all sorts, conflict management and political legitimation, and the imminence of potentially catastrophic climate breakdown.

Sustainable Development is one of the most popular fields of study for students in SPIRe at undergraduate, postgraduate, and research levels. SPIRe provides MA and MSc programmes in International Development and in International Political Economy, with crossover modules shared between them, as well as an online MSc in Sustainable Development in collaboration with the SDG Academy of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

The School of Politics and International Relations is a globally top-ranked, research-active school with teaching and research interests across the fields of politics, international relations, international development, political theory, international political economy, and others. It is committed to the highest standards in undergraduate and graduate teaching and research supervision.

This post has been made possible by UCD funding matching the national Senior Academic Leadership Initiative (SALI), the purpose of which is to help achieve greater gender equality in Irish higher education. SALI gives priority to highly qualified female candidates within the boundaries of what is legally permissible, in order to address their underrepresentation; preferential consideration of female candidates is excluded if other reasons worthy of legal protection, prevail. In exceptional circumstances, candidates who are in a minority or protected under Irish social legislation, or who also belong to an underrepresented minority in academic posts may be approved if the institution can clearly articulate reasons worthy of legal protection as to why they should be considered.

More information about the objectives of the SALI Initiative can be found under the section covering
“Further Information for Candidates” below, and also at:


IMPORTANT NOTE: All applicants considering the above opportunity are asked to pay close attention and to adhere to the specific requirements outlined in 'Further Information for Candidates (Application Procedures)' section of the Job Description.

95 Full Professor C (2010) Salary Scale: €124,586 - €157,628 per annum
Appointment will be made on scale in accordance with the Department of Finance guidelines.

Closing date: 17:00hrs (local Irish time) on 13th May 2022

For full details on the position, and to apply, click here and search for 'Academic' jobs under the 'External Applicants' tab.

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