Post-Doctoral Researcher in International Political Economy

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The Centre for International Peace and Security Studies (CIPSS) at McGill University invites applications for a full-time Post-doctoral Researcher to work as part of an emerging research program on Distributional Effects in the Global Economy: Policy Obstacles and Solutions.
Research Project
Welfare-improving reforms, in areas ranging from trade liberalization and decarbonization policies to Covid-19 policy responses, often generate winners and losers. These distributional consequences can impede the reform themselves, or lead to a backlash against them.
With growing attention paid to economic inequality, the study of distributional effects also raises concerns about how policy change to promote national growth, address climate change, and tackle global pandemics may come at the expense of those who are already most vulnerable.
A growing body of work also speaks to the gap between objective distributional effects and their subjective perception by individuals. The same level of economic harm can lead to political upheaval in some cases but not in others, as it intersects with notions of collective identity and group perceptions of status loss or historical decline.
In response, a range of compensation mechanisms and labor adjustment policies—from Trade Adjustment Assistance in the US to the global “just transition” movement addressing decarbonization—have sought to address these distributional effects. Yet such measures often face considerable political obstacles, and have thus far met with limited success.
The research program on Distributional Effects in the Global Economy: Policy Obstacles and Solutions is interested in studying the political and economic questions related to the distributional effects of reforms, and putting forth potential policy solutions to these obstacles.
Applicant Profile
This research project welcomes postdoctoral applicants from political science, law, economics, public policy, or related fields who can contribute to the project’s research objectives. Applications from researchers using advanced quantitative methods to analyze large data are especially welcome.
The postdoctoral researcher will interact with a network of scholars in international and comparative political economy, international relations, public policy, and international law across McGill and its partner institutions, the Université de Montréal and Concordia University.
Conditions and Requirements
The start date for the position is 1 September 2022 (or as soon as possible thereafter). The duration is one year, with the possibility of renewal conditional on funding and satisfactory progress. The postdoctoral researcher will receive a salary of $C48,000 per year as well as benefits and a $C4,000 research fund.
The postdoctoral researcher will be expected to be in residence at McGill throughout the academic year, to maintain an active research and publication agenda, and to take full part in the seminars, workshops, and other events that form part of CIPSS. They will be expected to work closely with the CIPSS Director, Professor Jennifer Welsh, Professor Krzysztof Pelc, and Professor Leonardo Baccini, and to help in organizing workshops and grant proposals related to the research project.
There is no teaching requirement associated with the position.
Candidates must have recently been awarded (within 5 years) a PhD or must have been awarded or submitted (oral defense pending) by the start date of 1 September 2022. Knowledge of French is an advantage but not required. The competition is open with respect to citizenship and nationality, but applications should indicate the applicant’s citizenship.
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Application Process
Applicants should upload a cover letter, CV, research statement and one writing sample of no more than 8-10,000 words as a single document. They should also provide the names of two referees who will be contacted if the candidate is short-listed.
Questions about the position can be directed to Krzysztof Pelc at

Annual Salary:

(AMURE Post-Doctoral Fellow Researcher) $34,611.00

Hours per Week:

40 (Full time)


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