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Researcher in urban geography, urban/regional planning, specialist in urban land issues and public policy in the Global South, and specialist in East Africa and India (M/W)

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General information

Reference : UMR8504-CLASIM-001
Date of publication : Monday, May 11, 2020
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 5 months
Expected date of employment : 1 July 2020
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : monthly gross salary between 2,728€ and 3,145€ based on experience
Desired level of education : PhD
Experience required : 1 to 4 years


The recruited researcher will carry out research on the modalities of land use conversion in the South in relation to urbanisation, in particular by conducting fieldwork.

The objective of the mission is, on the one hand, to identify and classify the conversion processes, the exits from agricultural land use or the entry into the urban market and, on the other hand, to document the modalities of action and their effects on the basis of specific case studies. This work is therefore based on work aimed at highlighting the specificities of large regions and on precise and localized researches, case studies, making it possible to clarify and contrast the logics of action.
The aim of the research is to provide the Technical Committee Land and Development with the materials necessary for strategic and operational reflection on the regulation of land use conversions (for example, reflection on a White Paper or on tools for regulating land use conversions). More specifically, it will be a question of :
- To make a solid state of knowledge on the processes at work, their actors and their stakes on the scale of the global South (macro approach);
- Develop a (generic) grid for reading the local dynamics at work, i.e. a diagnosis at several scales of the forms that land conversion takes (integrating actors, dynamics, regulation tools), using detailed case studies and summary case studies;
- Initiate a more global reflection with the Committee by identifying the issues involved in regulating these conversions and by reporting on the existing mechanisms in the areas studied (typology of public action fields).


The recruited researcher, a specialist in urban land issues and public policy in the Global South and in East Africa and India, will be expected to carry out the research, in particular through the following tasks :
- Contributing to an analytical framework based on an inventory of interdisciplinary knowledge on land conversions in the Global South.
- Fieldwork in particular in India and Kenya, two countries targeted by the research programme at the time of its formulation.
- Identification of partners for brief case studies
- Contribution to a research blog on Hypotheses.
- Drafting of the final report, including the operational dimension
- Scientific valorization: articles, communications


- Ph.D. in geography or urban/regional planning;
- relevant publications in the field;
- Minimum 4 years postdoctoral experience;
- Excellent theoretical knowledge of land issues and public policies in the Global South and the dynamics of land conversions;
- Ability to conduct fieldwork in a short time frame in the targeted areas: Kenya, India in particular;
- Mastery and experience of the comparative African/Asian approach;
- Disciplinary openness: towards rural studies, socio-anthropology, development economics in particular;
- An experience of collaboration with a French development institution is an advantage.

Work Context

The Géographie-cités lab has obtained funding from the Comité technique foncier et développement (CTFD) to carry out a research programme on the modalities of land use conversion in the South in connection with urbanisation.

This study will result in the production of an analysis report including:
- State of knowledge on land conversions;
- Grid for reading local land conversion dynamics;
- A review of the fields of public action in terms of conversion regulation.
- in the appendix: detailed and summary case studies.
Three intermediate meetings for discussion, exchange and validation with the CTFD are also planned.
The person in charge of the program within the UMR is Eric Denis. The program will be carried out in collective configurations at several levels:
(i) a small team within Géographie-cités lab;
(ii) a broader, interdisciplinary working group, particularly in conjunction with the CAFUR group (Competition and Land Arrangements for Housing and Food at Urban/Rural Interfaces);
(iii) working meetings with the CTFD.

In order to carry out this programme (lasting approximately one year), two researchers will be recruited on a fixed-term contract, one in charge of general coordination and the other in charge of field surveys in East Africa and India. The two recruited researchers will work together in a coordinated manner.

Constraints and risks

This mission involves travels abroad, in Kenya and India in particular, possibly in other fields according to the case studies defined in the course of the research. Their feasibility will be assessed according to the evolution of the health framework and the rules governing missions at the CNRS.
The same applies to travels in France and Europe to meet researchers and consult documentation.

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