Chair in Political Economy / Co-Director Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI)

The University of Sheffield is seeking on behalf of SPERI to appoint a new Chair in Political Economy and Co-Director of SPERI from 1 August 2017.

Applications are welcome and informal conversations can be held with Professor Colin Hay at

The institute was established by the University of Sheffield in 2012. It aims to bring together leading international researchers, policy makers, journalists and other opinion formers to develop new ways of thinking about the economic and political challenges posed for the whole world by the current combination of financial crisis, shifting economic power and environmental threat.

We are looking for an inspirational leader, who, working with the other members of the leadership team in SPERI, can provide the intellectual and strategic direction to meet our ambitions for the Institute. You will work to ensure the SPERI continues to be seen as a hub of world-class research in political economy. You will be a recognised world-class scholar with a distinguished publication and successful grant funding record in a field or fields relevant to the Institute’s core interests. You will also appreciate and seek to take forward SPERI’s public agenda in bringing its research into contact with the wider world of policy-making and public engagement.

This is an academic appointment at professorial level and the Faculty is committed to providing you with the time and resources needed to develop your personal research ambitions at Sheffield while also contributing to the leadership and activities of SPERI.

You will have a PhD (or equivalent experience), ideally in a social sciences discipline and an internationally recognisable academic and research track record within political economy, including substantive experience of collaboration and interdisciplinary research. A track record of securing competitive research and knowledge exchange funding and engagement with policy-makers and the public arena is essential.

A full description of the post can be found here.

The closing date for applications is 20 April 2017.

The reference for the post is UOS015732.

Applications must be made online through the University job portal.