Senior Researcher

Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape
Cape Town, South Africa
Full time Staff

The Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of the Western Cape engages in research, post-graduate teaching and supervision, short-course training and policy advocacy in relation to land, agriculture, food systems, natural resources management, social protection, and the dynamics of chronic poverty in contexts of structural inequality.
Applications are invited for a two-year contract post of Senior Researcher at PLAAS. The Senior Researcher will lead an action-research project on the character of South Africa’s land redistribution programme.
The overarching question that this project will address is: What is the character of South Africa’s land redistribution programme at present, and who are its principal beneficiaries? Quantitative and qualitative data will be collected in five provinces over a two-year period. Findings will be fed into various forms of policy engagement, with a strong focus on civil society mobilization and advocacy, and will be published in both popular media and academic formats.
We are looking for a Senior Researcher with the following attributes:

  • a PhD in a relevant social science discipline
  • a minimum of ten years of research experience
  • the capacity to lead a research team
  • the ability to communicate research findings in both popular and academic formats
  • a record of relevant scholarship dealing with land reform, agrarian change and rural development would be advantageous.

To apply, please submit a letter of motivation, a full CV including the details of three contactable referees, copies of your ID/passport and highest qualification, as well as two examples of your research or written work (preferably formal academic publications) via our online e-recruitment system at and click on “UWC Careers”.
Closing date for applications:  18 August 2017
In line with the University’s commitment to diversifying its workforce, preference will be given to suitably qualified applicants in line with Employment Targets of the University. The University reserves the right not to make an appointment or to make an appointment at a different level or to seek additional candidates.

Closing date: 
18th August 2017