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Postdoctoral Research Fellow
University of British Columbia

Date Posted Jun. 23, 2021
Title Postdoctoral Research Fellow
University University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Department Geography
Application Deadline Jul. 15, 2021
Position Start Date Sep. 6, 2021
  • Post-Doc
  • Social Sciences - General

Applications are invited for a three-year postdoctoral research fellowship to work in association with the project "Breaking new ground," focused on the political economy of regional transformation in China’s Greater Bay Area (GBA). The fellowship, which will be based in the Department of Geography at UBC in Vancouver, Canada, will begin in September 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The fellowship is linked the SSHRC-funded research program, "Breaking new ground: economic integration and regulatory transformation in China’s Greater Bay Area," led by Jamie Peck at UBC and Jun Zhang at the University of Toronto. In addition to contributing to collaborative research on the GBA project, the successful candidate will be encouraged and supported to develop their own research and publishing program, preferably in dialogue with the broad objectives of the "Breaking new ground" project.

Renewable annually, the fellowship will be awarded to an applicant holding (or about to receive) a PhD in the area of economic geography, heterodox political economy, economic sociology, or a related field. Research experience in China will be a significant advantage. Facility in Mandarin or Cantonese is also an advantage, although not a requirement. The fellowship comes with a stipend of Cdn$55,000 per year (plus benefits).

Further details on the "Breaking new ground" project can be found here.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a writing sample (of article or chapter length), and contact information for three academic references, to Jamie Peck at Consideration of applicants will begin on July 15, 2021, continuing until the position is filled. Informal inquiries and further details can be obtained from: Jamie Peck ( or Jun Zhang (

How to apply?

Please send applications to and refer to reference number PDFO-55127. Application deadline July 15.

Desired start date: 08 Sep 2021

Duration: Fixed term / Temporary

Contract Type: Full Time

  • Background & Purposes:
    The University of British Columbia is committed to equity in employment. The objectives of the employment equity policy are:
     to regard individual merit as the prime criterion for the treatment of present faculty and staff and for the employment of new faculty and staff;
     to remove any discriminatory barriers to the development of employees’ career abilities, aspirations, and potential;
     to increase the range of applicants for faculty and staff positions that reflects the diversity of the pool of potential candidates with appropriate qualifications; and
     to build a workforce that is representative of the pool of potential candidates with appropriate qualifications, in particular those who have been traditionally under‐represented including women and Indigenous, disabled, and racialized persons.

    1. Statement of Principle
    1.1 The fundamental principle for recruitment and retention of faculty and staff at The University of British Columbia is individual achievement and merit. Consistent with this principle, the University will: advance the interests of women and Indigenous, disabled, and racialized persons; ensure that fair and equal opportunity is afforded to all who seek employment at the University; and treat equitably all faculty and staff.
    1.2 The University of British Columbia has established a program of employment equity to provide a fair and equitable workplace and to offer all individuals full opportunity to develop their potential. Accordingly, the University will identify and eliminate any discriminatory barriers that interfere with employment opportunities in all jobs and at all levels throughout the University. Both current and prospective faculty and staff will receive equitable treatment in hiring, training, and promotion procedures.

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Contact Information

  • Jamie Peck
    University of British Columbia
    1984 West Mall, Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
  • (604) 822-0894
  • (604) 822-6150


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