3 Post-doc Positions: Comparative risk governance (UK, France, Germany, Netherlands)

October 23, 2012

3 Post-doc Positions: Comparative risk governance across UK, France, Germany and Netherlands Department of Geography (King’s College London); Centre de Sociologie des Organisations (SciencesPo, Paris); Department of Sociology (University of Bielefeld).

Closing Date: 29/10/2012

Start Date: January 2013


Three researchers with a PhD in a relevant social science discipline (e.g. political science, socio-legal studies, geography, law, sociology, science and technology studies) are sought to work on a 3 year comparative research project on ‘risk-based’ governance across the UK, Germany, France and the Netherlands. Premised on the idea that governance cannot, and should not, eliminate all adverse outcomes, risk-based approaches to governance embody particular understandings about how far the State should go to prevent adverse governance outcomes and, indeed, the very meaning of governance ‘failure’ and ‘success’. Such approaches have become popular in the Anglo-Saxon world, but this project (HowSAFE- How States Account for Failure in Europe) will study how well they fit with varying governance traditions and societal expectations across countries and policy domains.


The three researchers will be based in London, Paris and Bielefeld, and in tandem with a team in Maastricht, will conduct research across the domains of environmental policy, occupational health and safety, food safety, health and social care, education and criminal justice. Candidates must be able to speak and write fluently in English as well as French or German or Dutch (including the language of the host institution).


This collaborative project is being conducted by a multidisciplinary team of social scientists based in the Department of Geography at King’s College London, the Centre de Sociologie des Organisations at Sciences Po (France), the Faculty of Sociology at Bielefeld University (Germany), and the Department of Technology and Society Studies at Maastricht University. It is funded through the “Open Research Area (ORA) for the Social Sciences” programme by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC, UK), the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR, France), Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, Germany) and the Nederlands Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO, Netherlands).


For further particulars and details of the salary and terms and conditions for the posts, please see the below links:




Closing Date is: 29 October 2012


Interviews planned for 15-16 November 2012 in London


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