Lecturer in Political Sociology or Political Anthropology

University College London
  • Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Feb 28

Position description

Ref Number


Professional Expertise






Working Pattern

Full time


£47,414 - £55,805

Contract Type


Working Type

Hybrid (20% - 80% on site)

Available For Secondment


Closing Date



About us


Founded in 1915, the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) is one of the UK's largest institutions for research and teaching on Russia, the Baltics, and Central, Eastern and South-East Europe. Our mission is to create in-depth knowledge of Russia and Eastern Europe in regional, comparative, transnational, and global contexts, and to promote and disseminate an understanding of our region to the wider world; developing multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and multi-method approaches to knowledge creation and to teaching; and to enhance the development of area studies at UCL and among the wider academic community. We offer undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research programmes, both within our four core disciplines (Economics and Business; Politics and Sociology; Languages and Culture; and History), as well as interdisciplinary programmes (for example, our BA in History, Politics & Economics).



Find out more about the School of Slavonic & East European Studies at www.ucl.ac.uk/ssees.


About the role


The UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies (SSEES) is seeking to recruit a Lecturer in Political Sociology or Political Anthropology. This post is part of SSEES’s current programme of academic investments and will make a critical contribution to the School’s unique mission.

The School’s Politics & Sociology cluster offers interdisciplinary undergraduate and postgraduate degrees that provide students with a cutting-edge understanding of the social and political dynamics shaping Central & East Europe, Russia, and Eurasia, whilst also equipping them with the latest methodological skills. The School also has a strong profile of research in politics, international relations and sociology, including corruption, migration, and political regimes and institutions. The post-holder will join and develop this vibrant research and teaching environment.

The post-holder will possess in-depth knowledge of the key theories and debates in Political Sociology or Political Anthropology and expertise in the application of the relevant research methods. They will also have area and linguistic expertise of Russia, Eurasia, Central Europe or Eastern Europe. It is anticipated that the post-holder will build on and complement the School’s existing strengths in areas such as corruption and informality; political institutions; security and international relations; ethnic politics and nationalism; gender and sexuality.

This is an open-ended appointment which will commence on 1 September 2023.

Applicants should apply online by clicking on the ‘Apply Online’ button above. When applying please include a CV (including a full list of publications and grant awards); a short statement (2 pages maximum) of research and teaching interests and plans; and an outline of a proposed 15 credit MA module in Political Sociology or Political Anthropology that you would like to develop and teach. Please do not submit any research papers at this stage.

Interviews are anticipated to take place in late April or early May in London.

Enquiries concerning the requirements and expectations of this role can be directed to the Director, Professor Diane P Koenker at [email protected]

Enquiries concerning the application process may be directed to Human Resources Officer Madalina Rau at [email protected]


About you


The successful candidate must have a PhD in political sociology, political anthropology or a related discipline.

Evidence of proven ability or potential for academic research of internationally-recognised calibre; research expertise in Political Sociology or Political Anthropology, and in the application of the relevant research methods; research expertise that complements and extends on existing strengths in the School; and experience of teaching which is relevant to the School’s modules at undergraduate or postgraduate level are all essential.


What we offer


As well as the exciting opportunities this role presents we also offer some great benefits some of which are below:

  • 41 Days holiday (including 27 days annual leave 8 bank holiday and 6 closure days)
  • Hybrid Final Salary Pension Scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme and season ticket loan
  • On-Site nursery
  • On-site gym
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption pay
  • Employee assistance programme: Staff Support Service
  • Discounted medical insurance


Our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion


As London’s Global University, we know that diversity fosters creativity and innovation. We want our community to represent the true diversity of the world’s academic talent and we are truly committed to be inclusive: a place where we all belong. We therefore encourage applications from candidates with characteristics that are currently underrepresented in UCL’s academic, research and teaching workforce. These include: people from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds; disabled, D/deaf and neurodiverse people; LGBTQ+ people; and women.

Application instructions

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