IMéRA: Call for applications┋Global Phenomena and Regulation Programme

IMéRA is an institute for advanced study (AMU) and a member of RFIEA (French Network of Institutes for Advanced Study) and NETIAS (Network of European Institutes for Advanced Study).

Each year we receive some twenty researchers and artists (residents), all international. These resident researchers and artists are selected after an evaluation procedure with the most stringent international standards, shortlisting of applications and external evaluators.

IMéRA promotes innovative experimental interdisciplinary approaches in all areas of knowledge.

Since September 2016, the research activity within the institute has hinged around three structural programs following three cross-fertilization lines (Science Meets Humanities; Art, Science and Society; and Mediterranean programmes). In addition to these structural programs, a multi-annual thematic program conducive to interdisciplinary research entitled Global Phenomena and Regulation is deployed over the period 2017-2020.

Global Phenomena and Regulation Programme

IMéRA’s Global Phenomena & Regulation programme hinges on 4 interdisciplinary research themes bearing on the analysis and regulation of worldwide phenomena aggravated by current globalization trends:

  • Globalization and sustainable development: As explicitly admitted in the UN’s Sustainable Development Objectives (SDOs), human development can only be conceived on a global scale considering the multiple interactions—economic (trade, outsourcing, etc.), demographic (migrations, epidemics, etc.), cultural (connectivity, networks, etc.) and environmental (global warming, etc.)—at play between North and South countries. The main lines of research are the impact of globalization on national and global inequalities, and poverty and public and/or private interventions at both levels to address it; the ecology of poverty; the multi-faceted role of infrastructures in the development process and the reduction of inequalities as well as global infrastructure design.
  • Globalization, cultural dynamics and institutional change: This line of research is about exploring the role of globalization in the emergence of new national and transnational cultural dynamics and their potential impact on changes in institution governance at all geographical scales. This specifically includes research into the cultural and institutional dynamics under way in North African countries based on interdisciplinary approaches.
  • Migrations: This line of research bears on all determinants of international (including climatic) migrations and their multiple consequences in all geographical domains. It is open to the study of relevant historical cases and more particularly to the analysis of recent international migration dynamics.
  • Energy: The final aim is the development of a social science research programme on energy at IMéRA, including in particular: the study of socio-political determinants of energy transitions and associated public authorities’ policy dynamics; analysis and modelling of the world energy market, in particular hydrocarbons, in these times of shale gas and oil and energy hubs; rebuilding the production economic theory taking the above into account, etc.

Applicants to this call may submit applications either to:

  • the general programme described above, or
  • one of the specific residencies in partnership listed below.

General program: Application and residency conditions

Schedule

  • Deadline : 18 September 2017 at 1:00 pm
  • Duration of residences: 5 or 10 months
  • Residence periods (to be chosen by the candidates, several choices are possible):
    • 10 Sept 2018 to 8 Feb 2019 (5 months)
    • 20 Feb 2019 to 12 July 2019 (5 months)
    • 10 Sept 2018 to 12 July 2019 (10 months)

Who can qualify ?

For the 4 programmes: Applications are open to researchers of all disciplines, both junior and senior.

IMéRA also participates in the programs for “Researchers in exile” supported by the French Network of Institutes for Advanced Study (RFIEA) and the French Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research (MESR).

To be eligible, applicants must meet the following conditions:

  • Carry out a project related to one of the 4 programmes (see above)
  • Not to have lived in France more than 12 months during the three years preceding this call for applications;
  • For researchers, hold a Doctorate or PhD;
  • With the exception of applicants to the programmes for "Researchers in exile", have an employment contract (permanent or not) in a foreign university or research institution during the residency

Remuneration

  • Junior: €2,000 net monthly allowance
  • Senior: €3,000 net monthly allowance

Junior Class: Researchers who have 2 to 9 years of full-time research experience after obtaining the PhD (PhD training is not considered in the calculation of experience) as at the closing date of the call for applications.

Senior Class: Researchers with minimum 10 years’ experience in full-time research after obtaining the PhD (PhD training is not considered in the calculation of experience) as at the closing date of the call for applications, and university professors.

Selection Criteria

Application assessment criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • Candidate's course
  • Research project;
  • Interdisciplinary component;
  • Relevance of the research project in terms of its connection with the Aix-Marseille area (potential local resources – field, archives, etc.).

Residencies in partnership

IMéRA’s Global Phenomena & Regulation programme is sponsored by the following partners:

IRD

The Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) is the French national institution of reference for research in development; it is administratively headquartered in Marseille like IMéRA. IRD’s fundamental and field research activities are based on two fundamental principles: cross-disciplinarity and equitable scientific partnership with institutions in the South. IRD and IMéRA started a collaboration programme as part of a recurrent summer school on SDOs, which gathered for the first time between 7 and 13 July 2016 in Marseille.

The IMéRA/IRD "Sustainable Development" chair is aimed to develop interdisciplinary research programs at the highest international quality standards on all the topics related to sustainable development, consistently with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Schedule

  • Deadline: 18 September 2017 at 1:00 pm
  • Duration of residency: 10 months
  • Residency period: 10 Sept 2018 to 12 July 2019

Who can qualify?

The Chair is open to senior researchers in all disciplines with a regular status in foreign institutions, especially economics or sociology of development, with a research project related to Mediterranean and urban themes (coastal urbanization, energy transition, etc.) or on the theme of emergence (industrialization , etc.).

Senior Class: Researchers with minimum 10 years’ experience in full-time research after obtaining the PhD (PhD training is not considered in the calculation of experience) as at the closing date of the call for applications, and university professors.

To be eligible, applicants must meet the following conditions:

  • Not to have lived in France more than 12 months during the three years preceding this call for applications;
  • Hold a Doctorate or PhD;
  • Have an employment contract (permanent or not) in a foreign university or research institution during the residency
  • Have proven scientific excellence in one of the research areas related to sustainable development.

Remuneration

The holder of the Chair receives a monthly allowance of 3000 euros.

Selection Criteria

Application assessment criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • The scientific excellence of the researcher according to the highest international standards in the field,
  • The scientific excellence of the project including its interdisciplinary dimension, which is crucial for the insertion of the researcher in the dynamics of collective creation at IMéRA,
  • The capacity to carry the scientific collaboration between IRD and IMéRA as part of the Chair of Sustainable Development activities

EHESS

The EHESS (School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences) is a prestigious French institution devoted to research and teaching in social sciences. The EHESS research and teaching activities also involve members of French and foreign partners. These activities are carried out at the Paris headquarters and at the regional centers of the institution (Lyon, Marseille and Toulouse) as well.

The EHESS-IMéRA chair in "Transregional Studies" aims at developing at the highest international level comparative research among any regions of the world. The research projects proposed should in particular take into account the involved scale effects and the related issues of exchange, circulation and connection in the reformulation of social orders. They should also build on innovative and clearly articulated interdisciplinary approaches. The EHESS-IMéRA chair particularly welcomes research projects interested in the comparison between cultural areas.

Schedule

  • Deadline: 18 September 2017 at 1:00 pm
  • Duration of residence: 10 months
  • Residence period: 10 Sept 2018 to 12 July 2019

Who can qualify?

The EHESS-IMéRA chair is open to senior outstanding researchers from all social sciences. Applicants should submit an innovative project on trans-regional comparisons among any regions of the world. Special attention will be paid to those projects which analyse contemporary issues from a long-run historical perspective.

Senior Class: Researchers with minimum 10 years’ experience in full-time research after obtaining the PhD (PhD training is not considered in the calculation of experience) as at the closing date of the call for applications, and university professors.

To be eligible, applicants must meet the following conditions:

  • Not to have lived in France more than 12 months during the three years preceding this call for applications;
  • Hold a Doctorate or PhD;
  • Have an employment contract (permanent or not) in a foreign university or research institution during the residency

Selection Criteria

Application assessment criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • The scientific excellence of the researcher according to the highest international standards in the field,
  • The scientific excellence of the project including its interdisciplinary dimension, which is crucial for the insertion of the researcher in the dynamics of collective creation at IMéRA,
  • The capacity to carry the scientific collaboration between EHESS and IMéRA

Columbia Infrastructure, Growth and Development (CIGD)

CIGD is part of the Columbia Business School. It is engaged in an ambitious and innovative research programme on the role of global infrastructures in economic development and the reduction of inequalities, focusing on wide-ranging interdisciplinary approaches (public health, environment, technology, development economics). Collaboration with CIGD goes hand in hand with IMéRA’s incubation of the Research Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (RISI) starting in September 2017.

The CGID/IMéRA "Infrastructures" Chair will host a confirmed researcher as part of the implementation and development of RISI research programmes (see above). The design, financing and evaluation of socio-economic impacts of global infrastructures are the core profile required. As in the Fulbright/IMéRA chair, funding for certain field missions in the Mediterranean and Sub-Saharan Africa is already earmarked.

Schedule

  • Deadline: 18 September 2017 at 1:00 pm
  • Duration of residence: 10 months
  • Residence period: 10 Sept 2018 to 12 July 2019

Who can qualify ?

The Chair is open to confirmed researchers in all disciplines.

To be eligible, applicants must meet the following conditions:

  • Not to have lived in France more than 12 months during the three years preceding this call for applications;
  • Hold a Doctorate or PhD;
  • Have an employment contract (permanent or not) in a foreign university or research institution during the residency
  • Have proven scientific excellence in one of the research areas related to the role of global infrastructures in human development and the reduction of inequalities

Remuneration

The holder of the Chair receives a monthly allowance of 3800 euros.

Selection Criteria

Application assessment criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • The scientific excellence of the researcher according to the highest international standards in the field,
  • The scientific excellence of the project including its interdisciplinary dimension, which is crucial for the insertion of the researcher in the dynamics of collective creation at IMéRA,
  • The capacity to carry the scientific collaboration between CIGD and IMéRA as part of the “Infrastructures” Chair

AMSE

AMSE is a laboratory of excellence (LABEX) set up in 2011. Since its founding, AMSE has developed a research programme exclusively devoted to the study of socio-economic impacts of globalization, including analysis of the correlation between economic liberalization and rising inequality, phenomena of unstable economic growth due to increasing market integration or geographic concentration of economic activity. AMSE has jointly financed an IMéRA residency on the above topics since 2015.

The AMSE/IMéRA call for projects is open to researchers in economics, but also in the following disciplines, insofar as the project allows for interaction with the economic science: biology and medicine, law, geography, history, mathematics, neuroeconomics, philosophy, statistics, political science and sociology.

Within the framework of this call, all research projects will be considered, especially those that present a certain element of risk in launching a particularly innovative project, and those aiming to produce a work of synthesis.

As an example, AMSE/IMéRA are particularly interested in projects concerning networks, international trade, development, inequality, and historical perspectives on growth.

Schedule

  • Deadline : 18 September 2017 at 1:00 pm
  • Duration of residences: 4, 6 or 10 months
  • Residence periods (to be chosen by the candidates, several choices are possible):
    • 3 Sept 2018 to 21 Dec 2018 (4 months)
    • 14 Jan to 12 July 2019 (6 months)
    • 3 Sept 2018 to 5 July 2019 (10 months)

Who can qualify ?

Special AMSE residences at IMéRA are open to researchers (senior or junior) in all disciplines and of all nationalities.

To be eligible, scientist applicants must meet the following conditions:

  • Not to have lived in France more than 12 months during the three years preceding this call for applications;
  • Hold a Doctorate or PhD;
  • Have an employment contract (permanent or not) in a foreign university or research institution during the residency
  • Present a project in the field of economics or allowing for interaction with economics.

Remuneration

  • Junior: €2,000 net monthly allowance
  • Senior: €3,000 net monthly allowance

Junior Class: Researchers who have 2 to 9 years of full-time research experience after obtaining the PhD (PhD training is not considered in the calculation of experience) as at the closing date of the call for applications.

Senior Class: Researchers with minimum 10 years’ experience in full-time research after obtaining the PhD (PhD training is not considered in the calculation of experience) as at the closing date of the call for applications, and university professors.

Selection Criteria

Application assessment criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • Candidate's course
  • Research project;
  • Interdisciplinary component;
  • The prospect of interactions with the AMSE and any other research centre of Aix Marseille University.
Application date
18 Sep 2017
Duration
4-10 months
Country
Europe France South-East
Discipline
Humanities Anthropology, Ethnology and Folklore Archaeology Architecture Art & Art History Classical Studies Digital Humanities History History & Philosophy of Science Linguistics Literature Media Studies Music & Musicology Philosophy Religion & Theology Social sciences Business and Administrative Sciences Communication Sciences Demography Economics Environmental Sciences Gender Studies Geography International Relations Law Pedagogic & Education Research Political science Psychology & Cognitive Sciences Social Anthropology Sociology Other Agronomy Biology Chemistry Computer science Engineering Mathematics Medicine Physics
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 99 years
Award granted
€ 2.000-3.800/month
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