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Assistant researcher for the research project: ‘Mining for tourists in China’ – University of Gothenburg, Sweden, 2022


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The School of Global Studies (SGS) at the University of Gothenburg invites applications for a 12-month 100% assistant researcher position.

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General Info

Position: Assistant researcher
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Joining Date: Jan 01, 2023
Contract Period: 1 Year
Salary: Subject to norms

School of Global Studies
University College of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden

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Qualification Details

The applicant must have a Master’s degree in a subject that the employer assesses of relevance for the project. The applicant must also have a documented experience of designing, implementing, and conducting a final analysis of qualitative social science investigations that also assesses of relevance to the project. Documented experience of ethnographic fieldwork, experience of participant observation and good language ability in English are required. Knowledge of mining industries, theory of relevance to industrial heritage (such as ruination, museumification, gentrification) are a merit. Competence in Chinese and/or documented experience of research with an interpreter is also a merit. The applicant must be able to travel to China during his or her employment term.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Industrial heritage at China’s national mine parks, and its role in economic, cultural, and ecological regeneration, is the topic of this project. Between 2005 and 2020, China designated 88 former state-sector mines as national parks in a top-down heritage-making process. Mining for tourists in China studies industrial heritage at these new tourist destinations to answer such questions as: What kind of heritage experiences and interpretation do these parks offer the growing middle class? How do these transformed mines fit into economic revitalization plans? What messages do they convey about industrial modernization, human-nature relations, consumption, and China’s national development? What pasts about the environment, industry, the nation, and the world do China’s national mine parks narrate, and what presents and future do they imagine? To answer these questions, project researchers will analyze industrial heritage at several former coal, oil shale, and iron mines using mixed methods. Research includes participant-observation at the mine parks, netography, and archival materials.

The assistant researcher, in collaboration with the principal investigator, will conduct an investigation of industrial heritage in China’s new national mine parks, collect and analyse empirical data, and write conference presentations and scholarly articles on the topic.

The assistant researcher will: (a) collect qualitative empirical data from national mine parks in China, deploying observation and participant-observation at several mine parks, in accordance with the aim and objectives of the project; (b) contribute to a netography on the mine parks (c) participate in classifying, coding, and analysing the gathered empirical materials (d) co-author conference presentations and scholarly articles on the project. The project includes funds for fieldwork as well as presentations at academic conferences.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: PAR 2022/1504

Application Procedure

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Introductory letter describing your interest in and suitability for the position
  • CV, including degrees and other completed courses, work experience, a complete list of publications, language skills, highest degree achieved
  • Copy of your MA diploma
  • The names and contact details of two referees

About the Department/Section/Group

The School of Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg produces top-quality research, teaching, and public engagement on today’s key global challenges. The staff of over 100 faculty and PhD researchers examines global questions and their governance in disciplines and areas such as environmental studies, human ecology, sustainability, international relations, peace and security, and development studies as well as in anthropology, regional studies, cultural heritage, gender, human rights, and migration. The School’s work is highly international, cross-disciplinary, and policy-relevant.

About the Employer: University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Note or Other details

The employment is a fix-term position for one year, 100% of full-time placed at the School of Global Studies, Gothenburg. The starting date is 1 January 2023.

Information for International Applicants

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Contact details

Please contact Maris Gillette, [email protected]

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Published on: | Last Updated: Nov 12, 2022 | at nViews Career by nViews Career Team