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Department: Department of Political Science
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The research group Politics & Public Governance (P&PG) is part of the Department of Political Science (Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Antwerp). P&PG studies how politics and public governance respond to (a) the increasing diversity of citizens and society and (b) the multi-level and multi-actor nature of policymaking and policy implementation. By combining political science and public administration perspectives, our research wants to understand the nature of contemporary politics and public governance, its causes, effects, the role of trust and, ultimately, its democratic legitimacy. To this end, P&PG studies political and public governance institutions, their evolution, and how institutional mechanisms shape actors' scope of action, positions, decisions, and behaviour. Public administration research at the University of Antwerp is ranked 22nd (1st in Belgium) on the Global Shanghai Ranking for PA 2022.
The Government and Law (G&L) research group is part of the Law Faculty (University of Antwerp). G&L is focused on legitimate governance in a diverse, complex, and globalized environment. It studies, in particular, the impact of legal, political, and social developments on the legal concept of government, on the operation of and relations between state and non-state actors in governance, on fundamental principles such as democracy, the rule of law, federalism, solidarity, and multi-level governance, and on the protection of persons against arbitrary government action. The group combines legal-doctrinal analysis with various methods in collaboration with other disciplines.
P&PG and G&L are part of the GOVTRUST Centre of Excellence (University of Antwerp), an interdisciplinary research consortium focusing on "Trust and Distrust in Multi-level Governance." GOVTRUST combines the high-level scientific expertise of three faculties (Law, Social Sciences, and Economics) and five disciplines (political science, communication science, law, behavioural economics, and public administration) to jointly conduct frontline interdisciplinary research on the dynamics, causes, and effects of trust and distrust in multi-level governance systems. In particular, GOVTRUST studies the trust relations between political, administrative, regulatory, and judicial actors as well as trust in and of citizens and society.
The research groups Politics & Public Governance, Government & Law and the GOVTRUST Centre of Excellence are jointly looking to hire a new team member.
Fulltime valorisation coordinator (100%) for the four-year GOBAREG project on the design and effects of alternative form of policy and regulation in the fields of environmental protection and welfare/care
We are looking to hire a new team member to join and support our new GOBAREG project team, which will involve six professors, a postdoc, a valorisation coordinator and four PhD researchers. The successful applicant is responsible for coordinating valorisation activities within the project ‘Legitimate Alternative Regulation in Regulatory Regimes’ (GOBAREG). The GOBAREG project studies how alternative forms of policy and regulation in the environmental and welfare sector, aiming for more sustainability and quality, can be designed and implemented in a legitimate way. These alternative forms of policy and regulation seek to enhance innovation and reduce compliance costs, while protecting citizens from harm. More specifically, the project zooms in on the following questions. How are citizens, private organisations, as well as politicians, civil servants, supervisory authorities, and judges shaping and interpreting these policies and regulations, and how is their behaviour influenced by them? To what extent do these alternative forms of policy and regulation stimulate innovation and flexibility, while still ensuring compliance? And how do trust and cooperation between all these actors play a role in this? GOBAREG applies an innovative interdisciplinary, mixed-method design, including surveys, interviews, behavioural experiments, focus groups, and observation studies in two in-depth case studies of social regulation (in the fields of environment and welfare). The project is a collaboration between different disciplines at the University of Antwerp and Hasselt University and has a strong valorisation element involving close collaboration with a broad array of stakeholders. The valorisation coordinator is responsible for coordination with the various stakeholders, and valorisation partners, regarding the further valorisation of the research results. Valorisation does not only entail communication, dissemination and outreach activities, but also developing - together with the research team - guidelines, training activities and tools, supporting the stakeholders which seeks to employ these alternative forms of regulation.
The position includes the following tasks:
- The valorisation coordinator is responsible for coordinating with the stakeholders of the research (legislators and policymakers, regulatory bodies (departments, agencies), courts and judges, regulators (a.o. companies) and their interest groups, beneficiaries (consumers, customers), and citizens in general) and the further valorisation of the research results in Flanders within the GOBAREG project. This includes close collaboration with the public and private actors involved, setting up a communication strategy and a knowledge platform, co-designing and validating a toolkit, setting up training modules and a masterclass, organising stakeholder groups and other events, and other valorisation activities .
- The valorisation coordinator also manages the valorisation trajectory of various PhD students in collaboration with the scientific coordinator and the promoters of the research. Hence, there is a collaboration with and support from the partners and researchers in the project.
- You hold a Master degree or a Doctoral degree in a field of study relevant to the subject (Public Administration, Public Management, Political Science, Law, Sociology, Management, and Economic Sciences or another relevant field)
- You have at least 5 years of relevant experience (e.g. in managing policy processes, project management, or in project valorisation activities – see job description above).
- You are interested in the public sector and the way it interacts and collaborates with citizens, private actors and civil society actors. Knowledge of the internal functioning of public administrations or societal stakeholders and within the environment and/or welfare/care policy domains is a plus. Experience in the subjects being studied is highly appreciated.
- Experience in societal outreach, dissemination to and interaction with stakeholders is an asset.
- You have good oral and written knowledge of both Dutch and English.
- You act with attention to quality, integrity, creativity and cooperation.
- You are good at giving direction, planning and organisation.
- You are interested in academic research and innovation.
- You have social skills in building and maintaining a social network.
What we offer
- We offer an open-ended contract (with an intermediate evaluation and subject to funding – there is currently funding for 4 years).
- You will receive a gross monthly salary within pay band 8.1-10.1 of the pay scales of the Administrative and Technical Your entry-level grade (usually grade 8) depends on your relevant professional experience.
- The planned start date is November 15th, 2023 or as soon as possible after that.
- You will receive meal vouchers, ecocheques, Internet-connectivity allowance, group insurance, an income protection insurance, and a bicycle allowance or a full reimbursement of public transport costs for commuting.
- We offer flexible working hours.
- You will have 40 days of annual leave and collective leave for 1 week when the university is closed, between Christmas and New Year.
- You will work at UAntwerp City Campus in a dynamic, stimulating, and professional work environment as part of the research groups Politics & Public Governance and Government & Law and in the interdisciplinary team of the GOVTRUST Centre of Excellence.
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Want to apply
- You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp's online job application platform up to and including October 5th, 2023 (by midnight Brussels time). Click on the 'Apply' button, complete the online application form and be sure to include a copy of your CV and a letter of motivation. You are encouraged to include letters of recommendation and/or reference persons.
- A pre-selection will be made from amongst the submitted applications. The remainder of the selection procedure is specific to the position and will be determined by the selection panel.
- The selected candidates are invited for an interview. The interviews will take place in October 2023.
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- For questions about the profile and the description of duties, please contact Prof. Koen Verhoest (firstname.lastname@example.org), Prof. Peter Bursens (email@example.com), Prof. Patricia Popelier (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Dr. Sophie Op de Beeck (email@example.com).
The University of Antwerp is a sustainable, family-friendly organisation which invests in its employees’ growth. We encourage diversity and attach great importance to an inclusive working environment and equal opportunities, regardless of gender identity, disability, race, ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or age. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and with diverse characteristics to apply.