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Lecturer in Political Economy, University of Sydney

by Martijn Konings on November 25, 2019
  • Opportunity to join a leading social sciences school
  • Located at our Camperdown /Darlington campus
  • Continuing Academic Level B position and remuneration package $125,848 – $149,441 p.a which includes leave loading and up to 17% superannuation

About the opportunity  

The School of Social and Political Sciences (SSPS) is seeking to appoint a Lecturer (Level B) in the Department of Political Economy. This lectureship will further consolidate SSPS as a key centre for research and teaching in political economy. The successful appointee will teach at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, pursue an independent research agenda while contributing to strategic research priorities, and play a role in initiating new strategic research and teaching initiatives within the school, faculty and University.

Staff in the Department of Political Economy conduct research on globalisation, development, the environment, energy, labour, gender, race, history of economic thought, neoliberalism, public policy, human rights, markets and finance. They work in a variety of traditions (including post-Keynesian, Marxian, feminist, and institutionalist perspectives) across a number of discipline areas (including economic history, the history of economic thought, economic sociology, geography, international political economy, development studies and labour studies). 

About you 

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Lecturer in Political Economy who possesses: 

  • A PhD in political economy or a cognate field;
  • An ambitious research agenda with a track record of significant publications;
  • Teaching experience at the undergraduate, and, ideally, the postgraduate level;
  • The ability to teach into core undergraduate units in the political economy curriculum;
  • Strong communication, collegial and team-based skills.

About us 

The School of Social and Political Sciences (SSPS) is composed of the departments of Anthropology, Government and International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies, Political Economy, and Sociology and Social Policy. It offers innovative degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate levels that attract the very best students from Australia and overseas. SSPS is the focus for the strategic development of the social sciences at Sydney with a view to becoming Australia’s leading centre for research and teaching in the area. The mission of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is to conduct research and teaching across the breadth of the humanities and social sciences that makes a difference in the lives of its students, staff and the broader Community, in Australia and globally. Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australias first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students. We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

Intending applicants are welcome to seek further information about the position from the Chair of Department, Professor Martijn Konings at martijn.konings@sydney.edu.au 

For recruitment-related enquiries, or if you require reasonable adjustment or support filling out this application, please contact Nicole Feain / Paulina Rojas on 02 8627 8615 or at recruitment.ablc@sydney.edu.au

Job Reference No. 2581/1119C 

Routine pre-employment probity checks will be carried out for this position. 

Closing date: 11:30pm, Monday 6 January 2020 

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged. 

The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

How to apply


Martijn Konings
Martijn Konings works in the Department of Political Economy at the University of Sydney. He is the author of The Development of American Finance (Cambridge University Press, 2011), The Emotional Logic of Capitalism: What Progressives Have Missed (Stanford University Press, 2015), Neoliberalism (with Damien Cahill, Polity, 2017) and Capital and Time: For a New Critique of Neoliberal Reason (Stanford University Press, 2018). With Melinda Cooper, he edits the new Stanford University Press series Currencies: New Thinking for Financial Times.

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