Appointment of Chair in Human Geography

United Kingdom, Europe
Aug 22, 2014
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track

Ranked in the top 100 world universities by QS World University Rankings, the University of Birmingham is one of the most ambitious and forward looking universities in the sector and was named University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and The Sunday Times. The University of Birmingham’s research reflects its civic roots, offering one of the broadest ranges of any UK university. It is one of the UK’s most successful institutions in terms of attracting research funding, exceeding £150m each year, with this figure continuing to grow year on year. Applications from both undergraduate and postgraduate students are at record levels and the University’s commitment to students is reflected in the current investment of £175m in a range of new and enhanced buildings across the campus.

The College of Life and Environmental Sciences spans an enormous breadth of disciplines, from the biomedical to the social sciences, and expertise aligns strongly with key international challenges, including lifelong health and well-being, food security, energy security, and living with environmental change. The College brings together 210 faculty, each with their own research group, with a total staff complement of around 600 working across the four Schools: Biosciences; Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences; Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences; and Psychology.

The School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (GEES) is a large interdisciplinary school which centres around five research themes whose multidisciplinary nature responds to the current international research agenda. These themes are: Human Geography; Centre for Urban and Regional Studies; Geosystems; Environmental Health Sciences; and Water Sciences. Both research and teaching address the key challenges of the 21st Century such as climate change, environmental stress, oil exploration, renewable energy, urbanisation, resilience and sustainability science. Particular strengths are urban research & sustainability, and the terrestrial environment, both of which cut across all the research groupings.

As part of a new global search in key academic disciplines, the University of Birmingham now seeks to appoint a Chair in Human Geography. Reporting to the Head of School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, the post-holder will engage in and publish world leading research and generate significant research income in fields including but not limited to social justice and the city, big data and urban geocomputation, urban economics, energy and environment, and culture and creativity; undertake teaching responsibilities relevant to programmes of the school; and contribute more widely to the school through service, administration and informal leadership.

For further details about the University, the School, the strategic priorities for the incoming Professor, requirements of candidates, terms of appointment, and how to apply, please visit

Informal questions regarding the post can be directed to the University’s appointed advisors, Perrett Laver: or on +44 207 340 6200 quoting reference number 1644.

The appointment will be made on an appropriate point on the professorial academic pay scale commensurate with experience.

The deadline for applications for this position is 12 noon (BST) Monday 20th October 2014 and formal interviews will be held in January 2015.