Professor of Geography - Department of Geography

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Maynooth University is committed to a strategy in which the primary University goals of excellent research and scholarship and outstanding education are interlinked and equally valued. Professors will be expected to provide significant intellectual leadership, through a demonstrated commitment to both education and research, and to contribute to the effective leadership and management of the Department, the Faculty and the University.

We are seeking an academic with an outstanding record to join our staff as Professor of Geography. The person appointed will have an excellent record of teaching, research and publication. He/she will be expected to make a strong contribution to the teaching, research and profile of the University, and to provide ongoing leadership for the discipline.

We wish to make an appointment of a leading scholar who will contribute to the field of Geography and Justice. The issue of geography and justice engages some of the liveliest debate in modern geography. The most influential geographer of the past half-century is David Harvey and geographies of justice has been a central concern of his work. Closer to home, Spatial Justice and the Irish Crisis was edited by Gerry Kearns and colleagues and half the contributions came from Maynooth University (Gerry Kearns, Rob Kitchin, Cian O’Callaghan, Rory Hearne, Adrian Kavanagh, Ronan Foley, and Mary Gilmartin). The book has been widely cited and was recommended during Dáil debates on austerity.

Geographies of Justice is an issue that engages scholarly interest across the discipline including work on Climate Justice, Environmental Justice, Gendered Spaces of Injustice, Migrant and Refugee Spaces of Justice and Injustice, and a host of studies on Inequality and Fairness at both state and international levels. The new Professor will also give Geography a firm relationship with the developing research agenda at Maynooth University Social Science Institute where studies are underway into fairness as it relates to access to water and to policies of economic austerity. Environmental change is a central concern of the Climate Change researchers organized within the Department as ICARUS (Professor Peter Thorne, Dr Conor Murphy, and Dr Rowan Fealy), while a concern more broadly with the Anthropocene is one of the primary emphases of recent geographical scholarship (it was the chosen theme of the most recent conference of the Royal Geographical Society, and in the Geography Department Environmental Change is a concern of Dr Ro Charlton, Dr Paul Gibson, Dr Helen Shaw and Dr Stephen McCarron). Social Justice and Diasporic Rights are central to the work of Professor Mark Boyle. Issues of Migration and Refugees are important to the work of Professor Mary Gilmartin, and urban justice is a research focus of Professor Karen Till’s work on Wounded Cities. The unfairness of health inequalities is important to the work of Professor Jan Rigby, Dr Ronan Foley, Dr Martin Charlton and Prof. Chris Brunsdon (the last two based at the National Centre for Geocomputation), while at the National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analysis, Prof. Rob Kitchin and colleagues produce policy-relevant research covering matters of spatial justice. Colleagues also focus upon Spatial Justice as it relates to Elections (Dr Adrian Kavanagh), Food Security (Dr Alistair Fraser), Urban Financial Markets (Dr Sinéad Kelly) and Regional Development (Dr Chris van Egeraat). Geographies of Justice is a focus for a post that would energise applied research across Geography and into MUSSI as well as providing the basis for Geography to continue its contribution to public debate in Ireland.

The ideal candidate will have:

• An outstanding record of research and scholarship, reflected in an excellent publication profile;
• An outstanding academic record as a university teacher and an educational innovator;
• The capacity to offer strong academic leadership within the department and across the University;
• Demonstrated management and administrative skills;
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
• The ability to build effective relationships with a wide variety of internal and external colleagues.